Volume 98, Number 5, June 2012
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|Published online||06 June 2012|
Detectable inertial effects on Brownian transport through narrow pores
Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN - Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-0198, Japan
2 Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg - D-86135 Augsburg, Germany
3 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Camerino - I-62032 Camerino, Italy
4 Physics Department, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
Accepted: 21 May 2012
We investigate the transport of suspended Brownian particles dc driven along corrugated narrow channels in a regime of finite damping. We demonstrate that inertial corrections cannot be neglected as long as the width of the channel bottlenecks is smaller than an appropriate particle diffusion length, which depends on both the temperature and the strength of the dc drive. Therefore, transport through sufficiently narrow constrictions turns out to be sensitive to the viscosity of the suspension fluid. Applications to colloidal systems are discussed.
PACS: 05.40.-a – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion / 05.60.Cd – Classical transport / 51.20.+d – Viscosity, diffusion, and thermal conductivity
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