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Light Control of Localized Photobioconvection.

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Microorganismal motility is often characterized by complex responses to environmental physico-chemical stimuli. Although the biological basis of these responses is often not well understood, their exploitation already promises novel avenues to directly control the motion of living active matter at both the individual and collective level. Here we leverage the phototactic ability of the model microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to precisely control the timing and position of localized cell photoaccumulation, leading to the controlled development of isolated bioconvective plumes. This novel form of photobioconvection allows a precise, fast, and reconfigurable control of the spatiotemporal dynamics of the instability and the ensuing global recirculation, which can be activated and stopped in real time. A simple continuum model accounts for the phototactic response of the suspension and demonstrates how the spatiotemporal dynamics of the illumination field can be used as a simple external switch to produce efficient bio mixing.

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Name: Physical review letters
ISSN: 1079-7114
Pages: 158101

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