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Fleeting defects line up

Short-lived topological defects in active liquid crystals can exhibit long-range, long-lived orientational order.

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Figure 1: Nematic superstructure of defects in an active liquid crystal of bundled microtubules.


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Bartolo, D. Fleeting defects line up. Nature Mater 14, 1084–1085 (2015).

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