Life time of catch bond clusters

Tal Robin, Igor M. Sokolov, Michael Urbakh*

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We consider the mean lifetime of adhesion clusters under a constant applied force and discuss in details different approximate solutions of this problem focusing on catch bond clusters. The analytical equation for the lifetime is derived that is accurate for a broad range of cluster parameters. A scaling equation for the variation of the cluster lifetime with the total number of available bonds is presented that holds already for relatively small clusters. While we focus on consideration of catch bond clusters, the derived equations are applicable also for description of lifetime of clusters including standard slip bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-405
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


FundersFunder number
German-Israeli Project Cooperation Program
TAU-HUB program Kosmos, Israel , “Biological and Soft Matter Physics


    • Adhesion cluster
    • Catch bond
    • Life time


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