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Self-diffusiophoresis in the advection dominated regime

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In both biological and artificial systems, concentration gradients can serve as a convenient mechanism for manipulating particles and generating motility. Particles that interact with a solute will move along its gradient; if they themselves generate the gradient, this mechanism provides a means of self-propulsion. We consider a version of this type of motility appropriate to certain biological systems where polymeric filaments provide the concentration gradient. As the filament diffusion is small, this corresponds to a regime of large Péclet number where the motion is dominated by the effects of fluid advection. The nature of such concentration-gradient-driven motion in the advective regime differs in certain fundamental respects from the same process at low Péclet number. In particular, we show that out of four broad scenarios of steady state motion at low Péclet number, only two remain viable in the strongly advecting limit.

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