Document Type

Journal Article

Role

author

Standard Number

0031-9007

Journal Title

Physical Review. Letters

Volume

105

Issue

16

First Page

e168102

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

We present the first time-resolved measurements of the oscillatory velocity field induced by swimming unicellular microorganisms. Confinement of the green alga C. reinhardtii in stabilized thin liquid films allows simultaneous tracking of cells and tracer particles. The measured velocity field reveals complex time-dependent flow structures, and scales inversely with distance. The instantaneous mechanical power generated by the cells is measured from the velocity fields and peaks at 15 fW. The dissipation per cycle is more than 4 times what steady swimming would require. A pdf of this published paper has been uploaded elsewhere on this page. Guasto was a post-doctoral student of Jerry Gollub's. --author supplied description

Faculty Start Year

1993

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.