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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 16992
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Dimeric colloidal inclusion in a chiral active bath: Effective interactions and chirality-induced torque
1.  A. Torrik
2.  Ali Naji
3.  M. Zarif
  Status:   Published
  Vol.:  104
  Year:  2021
  Pages:   064610
  Supported by:  IPM
Colloidal inclusions suspended in a bath of smaller particles experience an effective bath-mediated attraction at small intersurface separations, which is known as the depletion interaction. In an active bath of nonchiral self-propelled particles, the effective force changes from attraction to repulsion, an effect that is suppressed when the active bath particles are chiral. Using Brownian dynamics simulations, we study the effects of channel confinement and bath chirality on the effective forces and torques that are mediated between two inclusions that may be fixed within the channel or may be allowed to rotate freely as a rigid dimer around its center of mass. We show that the confinement has a strong effect on the effective interactions, depending on the orientation of the dimer relative to the channel walls. The active particle chirality leads to a force imbalance and, hence, a net torque on the inclusion dimer, which we investigate as a function of the bath chirality strength and the channel height.

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