Large-Scale Collective Properties of Self-Propelled Rods

Francesco Ginelli, Fernando Peruani, Markus Bär, Hugues Chaté
2010 Physical Review Letters  
We study, in two space dimensions, the large-scale properties of collections of constant-speed polar point particles interacting locally by nematic alignment in the presence of noise. This minimal approach to self-propelled rods allows one to deal with large numbers of particles, revealing a phenomenology previously unseen in more complicated models, and moreover distinctively different from both that of the purely polar case (e.g. the Vicsek model) and of active nematics.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.104.184502 pmid:20482178 fatcat:v3mbpq5xhrerlfikrkwr4umbzm