Stability and growth of single myelin figures

Ling Nan Zou, Sidney R. Nagel

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Myelin figures are long thin cylindrical structures that typically grow as a dense tangle when water is added to the concentrated lamellar phase of certain surfactants. We show that, starting from a well-ordered initial state, single myelin figures can be produced in isolation thus allowing a detailed study of their growth and stability. These structures grow with their base at the exposed edges of bilayer stacks from which material is transported into the myelin. Myelins only form and grow in the presence of a driving stress; when the stress is removed, the myelins retract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number138301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 10 2006


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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