Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

COLLECTIVE PHENOMENA

Active solids sync up

An active solid composed of confined robots is reported. Through elastic interactions, the robots sync up to create novel states of coherent motion.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: Synchronization in hexbug-based active solids.

References

  1. Baconnier, P. et al. Nat. Phys. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-022-01704-x (2022).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Rubenstein, M., Cornejo, A. & Nagpal, R. Science 345, 795–799 (2014).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Liu, S., Shankar, S., Marchetti, M. C. & Wu, Y. Nature 590, 80–84 (2021).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Bull, M. S., Prakash, V. N. & Prakash, M. Preprint at https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.02934 (2021).

  5. Marchetti, M. C. et al. Rev. Mod. Phys. 85, 1143 (2013).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Bricard, A., Caussin, J.-B., Desreumaux, N., Dauchot, O. & Bartolo, D. Nature 503, 95–98 (2013).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Yan, J. et al. Nat. Mater. 15, 1095–1099 (2016).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Tan, T. H. et al. Nature 607, 287–293 (2022).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Bililign, E. S. et al. Nat. Phys. 18, 212–218 (2022).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Scheibner, C. et al. Nat. Phys. 16, 475–480 (2020).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Anton Souslov.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Binysh, J., Souslov, A. Active solids sync up. Nat. Phys. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-022-01735-4

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-022-01735-4

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing