The role of disorder in the motion of chiral active particles in the presence of obstacles

Danne van Roon, Giorgio Volpe, Margarida Telo da Gama & Nuno Araújo 

The presence of obstacles is intuitively expected to hinder the diffusive transport of active particles. However, for chiral active particles, a low density of obstacles near a surface can enhance their diffusive behavior. Here, we study numerically the role that disorder plays in determining the transport dynamics of chiral active particles on surfaces with obstacles. We consider different densities of regularly spaced obstacles and distinct types of disorder: noise in the dynamics of the particle, quenched noise in the positions of the obstacles as well as obstacle size polydispersity. We show that, depending on the type and strength of the disorder, the presence of obstacles can either enhance or hinder transport, and discuss implications for the control of active transport in disordered media.

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