Giant SALR cluster reproduction, with implications for their chemical evolution

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Abstract

Particles with SALR (short-range attraction and long-range repulsion) interactions are common to many physical systems, especially biological and soft matter, yet their behaviour is still not completely understood. Using Monte Carlo simulations and a thermodynamic model, it is shown here that giant SALR clusters can grow and reproduce in these fluids. Giant cluster growth and reproduction should therefore be common to a wide range of natural and synthetic systems under suitable conditions. If, in addition, cluster fitness selection occurs then chemical evolution of giant SALR cluster might be observed in suitable systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Physics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • giant clusters, non-equilibrium, Monte Carlo, simulation, growth and reproduction, origin of life

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