J. Phys. I France
Volume 7, Numéro 7, July 1997
Page(s) 823 - 826
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1997203
J. Phys. I France 7 (1997) 823-826

Pulling on a Filament

Armand Ajdari, Frank Jülicher1, 2 and Anthony Maggs1

1  Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Théorique URA CNRS 1382, ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
2  Physicochimie Curie UMR 168, Institut Curie, 26 rue d'Ulm, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

(Received 13 March 1997, received in final form 11 April 1997, accepted 6 May 1997)

We propose a simple scaling argument to describe the propagation of tension along a filament suddenly pulled by one of its ends, a problem recently considered by Seifert, Wintz and Nelson (Phys. Rev. Lett. 77 (1996) 5389-5392).

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