Nature Communications | Article | open
Active matter systems are made up of units that consume energy. Physicists group flocks of birds, molecular motors and layers of vibrating grains together in this category because they all extract energy from their surroundings at a single particle level and transform it into mechanical work. By studying the behaviours that emerge, our understanding of these systems can be enhanced and new frameworks for investigating the statistical physics of out-of-equilibrium systems can be built.
This collection brings together research and reviews from across the Nature Research journals covering key aspects of active matter with selected content from Nature Communications, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Materials, Nature Reviews Materials and Communications Physics.