Anomalous diffusion in viscoelastic media with active force dipoles

Kento Yasuda, Ryuichi Okamoto, Shigeyuki Komura

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With the use of the "two-fluid model," we discuss anomalous diffusion induced by active force dipoles in viscoelastic media. Active force dipoles, such as proteins and bacteria, generate nonthermal fluctuating flows that lead to a substantial increment of the diffusion. Using the partial Green's function of the two-fluid model, we first obtain passive (thermal) two-point correlation functions such as the displacement cross-correlation function between the two-point particles separated by a finite distance. We then calculate active (nonthermal) one-point and two-point correlation functions due to active force dipoles. The time correlation of a force dipole is assumed to decay exponentially with a characteristic time scale. We show that the active component of the displacement cross-correlation function exhibits various crossovers from super-diffusive to subdiffusive behaviors depending on the characteristic time scales and the particle separation. Our theoretical results are intimately related to the microrheology technique to detect fluctuations in nonequilibrium environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032417
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 27 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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