Volume 62, Number 4, May 2003
|Page(s)||600 - 606|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||01 May 2003|
Kinetics of depletion interactions
Institut für Festkörperforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich
D-52425 Jülich, Germany
2 School of Chemistry, University of Bristol Cantocks Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS, UK
3 Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 18 March 2003
Depletion interactions between colloidal particles dispersed in a fluid medium are effective interactions induced by the presence of other types of colloid. They are not instantaneous but built up in time. We show by means of Brownian dynamics simulations that the static (mean-field) depletion force between two guest particles in a host dispersion of differently sized colloids is only approached algebraically in time. A simple scaling theory accurately describes the dependence of the magnitude of these fluctuations on time, on the inter-particle distance and on the size ratio of guest and host particles. The consequences in particular for the dynamics of colloidal mixtures are discussed.
PACS: 82.70.Dd – Colloids / 05.20.Dd – Kinetic theory / 05.10.Gg – Stochastic analysis methods (Fokker-Planck, Langevin, etc.)
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