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Life around the scallop theorem

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Locomotion on small scales is dominated by the effects of viscous forces and, as a result, is subject to strong physical and mathematical constraints. Following Purcell's statement of the scallop theorem which delimitates the types of swimmer designs which are not effective on small scales, we review the different ways the constraints of the theorem can be escaped for locomotion purposes.

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The article was received on 08 Sep 2010, accepted on 10 Nov 2010 and first published on 30 Nov 2010

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00953A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 3060-3065
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    Life around the scallop theorem

    E. Lauga, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 3060
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00953A

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