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Giant SALR cluster reproduction, with implications for their chemical evolution

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Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Physics
StatePublished - 6 Dec 2017


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.

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

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