Complex Trajectories of C. elegans
Jenny Magnes (Physics and Astronomy)
Locomotory trajectories will be examined using 2016 URSI data. In particular wildtype and "roller" C. elegans are examined. More data may be collected during URSI 2017. Far-field diffraction contains information from every point of the outlined nematode. The time-dependent diffraction reveals information about the complexity of a worm motion. Different mutants could be capable of various levels of complexity or even chaotic motion. Lag and Poincaré plots are used to determine the correlation dimensions.
Pre-requisites: Introductory physics, introductory biology, and calculus.
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