Publications in Scientific Journals:

E. Locatelli, V. Bianco, P. Malgaretti:
"Activity-Induced Collapse and Arrest of Active Polymer Rings";
Physical Review Letters, 126 (2021), 9; 097801.

English abstract:
We investigate, using numerical simulations, the conformations of isolated active ring polymers. We find that their behavior depends crucially on their size: Short rings (N≲100) swell, whereas longer rings (N≳200) collapse, at sufficiently high activity. By investigating the nonequilibrium process leading to the steady state, we find a universal route driving both outcomes; we highlight the central role of steric interactions, at variance with linear chains, and of topology conservation. We further show that the collapsed rings are arrested by looking at different observables, all underlining the presence of an extremely long timescales at the steady state, associated with the internal dynamics of the collapsed section. Finally, we found that in some circumstances the collapsed state spins about its axis.

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