Active particle dynamics beyond the jamming density

Daniel R. McCusker, Ruben Van Drongelen, Timon Idema

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Many biological systems form colonies at high density. Passive granular systems will be jammed at such densities, yet for the survival of biological systems it is crucial that they are dynamic. We construct a phase diagram for a system of active particles interacting via Vicsek alignment, and vary the density, self-propulsion force, and orientational noise. We find that the system exhibits four different phases, characterized by transitions in the effective diffusion constant and in the orientational order parameter. Our simulations show that there exists an optimal noise such that particles require a minimal force to unjam, allowing for rearrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number36001
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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