Signatures of motor susceptibility to forces in the dynamics of a tracer particle in an active gel

N. Razin , R. Voituriez , N.S. Gov

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Phys. Rev. E, 99, 2
Published 25 Feb. 2019
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.99.022419
ISSN: 2470-0045


We study a model for the motion of a tracer particle inside an active gel, exposing the properties of the van Hove distribution of the particle displacements. Active events of a typical force magnitude can give rise to non-Gaussian distributions having exponential tails or side peaks. The side peaks are predicted to appear when the local bulk elasticity of the gel is large enough and few active sources are dominant. We explain the regimes of the different distributions and study the structure of the side peaks for active sources that are susceptible to the elastic stress that they cause inside the gel. We show how the van Hove distribution is altered by both the duty cycle of the active sources and their susceptibility, and suggest it as a sensitive probe to analyze microrheology data in active systems with restoring elastic forces.

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Dynamique stochastique des systèmes réactifs et vivants