Volume 66, Number 2, April 2004
|291 - 295
|Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
|01 April 2004
Modes of motion in a confined colloidal suspension under shear
Universität Mainz, Institut für Physik, KOMET 336 Staudinger Weg 7, D-55128 Mainz, Germany
Accepted: 9 February 2004
We investigated aqueous suspensions of charged polystyrene latex spheres at low salt concentration under the combined influence of steady shear and confining walls. Their equilibrium structure was adjusted via the particle and salt concentration to be either fluid or body centred cubic. Using high-resolution real-space microscopy, we here present a first direct observation of collective modes of motion under shear. As a function of either shear rate and/or salt concentration, we find a continuous transition from registered to free sliding of layers accompanied by an equally continuous structural rearrangement lowering the dimensionality of long-ranged order.
PACS: 82.70.Dd – Colloids / 64.70.Md – Transitions in liquid crystals / 83.10.Tv – Structural and phase changes
© EDP Sciences, 2004
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