Bistable helices

Raymond E. Goldstein, Alain Goriely, Greg Huber, Charles W. Wolgemuth

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We extend elasticity theory of filaments to encompass systems, such as bacterial flagella, that display competition between two helical structures of opposite chirality. A general, fully intrinsic formulation of the dynamics of bend and twist degrees of freedom is developed using the natural frame of space curves, spanning from the inviscid limit to the viscously overdamped regime applicable to cellular biology. Aspects of front propagation found in flagella are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1634
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Goldstein, R. E., Goriely, A., Huber, G., & Wolgemuth, C. W. (2000). Bistable helices. Physical review letters, 84(7), 1631-1634.