Bundle dynamics of interacting polar rods

Sumanth Swaminathan, Dmitry Karpeev, Igor Aronson

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We use a probabilistic model of microtubule interaction via molecular motors to study microtubule bundle interaction. Our model indicates that initially disordered systems of interacting polar rods exhibit an orientational instability resulting in spontaneous ordering. We study the existence and dynamic interaction of microtubule bundles analytically and numerically. Our results show a long term attraction and coalescing of bundles indicating a clear coarsening in the system; Microtubule bundles concentrate into fewer orientations on a slow logarithmic time scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number066206
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 9 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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