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Biomechanics and symmetry
Author(s): Albrecht Ott
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Paper Abstract

Molecular motors are of nm scale they are the smallest motors known. They are quasi-omnipresent in the biological organism and among their most promiment functions are muscle contraction, flagellar motion, intracellular transport and cellular motion. In most cases the "fuel" for these motors is provided by the cleavage of a molecule named adenosinetri-phosphate (ATP) to its diphosphate (ADP). How this chemically stored energy is transformed into motion, although a subject of major research all over the world, is only partly understood. Motor function is a dynamical problem, and no technique today is capable of monitoring dynamics at nm scale. The energies involved are close to thermal, making a good signal to noise ratio difficult to achieve. Last not not least, a great deal of knowledge is needed to understand the multiple facets of this problem, ranging from biochemistry, nm technology to theoretical physics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5400, Seventh International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering, (5 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.555384
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Albrecht Ott, Univ. Bayreuth (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5400:
Seventh International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering
Alexander I. Melker, Editor(s)

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