Dynamics of Twist and Writhe and the Modeling of Bacterial Fibers

  • Michael Tabor
  • Isaac Klapper
Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications book series (IMA, volume 82)


We discuss a range of issues associated with the dynamics of twist and writhe including some new theoretical and numerical results and techniques. A precise understanding of twist and writhe is important in a variety of physical and biological processes and, in particular, we describe how these ideas can be used to model the dynamics of the self-assembling bacterial fiber, bacilus subtilis.


Contact Force Space Curve Vortex Filament Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation Twist Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Tabor
    • 1
  • Isaac Klapper
    • 2
  1. 1.Program in Applied MathematicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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