Type of Thesis
Active nematic liquid crystals have remarkable properties that are only now starting to be understood. These non-equilibrium systems self-organize in solutions. We study a type of solu- tion consisting of microtubule filaments and motor proteins. Microtubules give structure to the cell, while motor proteins facilitate transport of molecules along microtubules. We compose sim- ulations and extract data to quantify stresses, pressure, filament distribution, and the order of two-dimensional active nematic liquid crystals. We identify and quantify phases and phase transi- tions, and seek to describe the physical properties of steady-state configurations. By characterizing these systems, we contribute to the developing field of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and provide a framework for further research in driven nematic liquid crystals.
Stemo, Garrek, "Phase characterization of microtubule-motor active nematic liquid crystals" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1559.