Volume 118, Number 5, June 2017
|Number of page(s)
|Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
|21 August 2017
Dynamic phase separation of confined driven particles
1 Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology - 5600MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2 Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology 5600MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
3 Physicochimie Curie (CNRS-UMR168), Institut Curie - 26 rue d'Ulm, 75248 Paris Cedex 05, France
Received: 8 February 2017
Accepted: 20 July 2017
Even a small number of actively driven particles can set large numbers of passive particles into motion. We study collective behavior in densely packed particle systems, that contain a minority fraction of driven particles. We observe a dynamical phase separation, determined by driving force, density and temperature, that manifests itself in the clustering, into tight bands, of the driven particles. We determine the critical conditions for this phase separation and provide a simple physical picture that explains the formation and subsequent growth of a compacted zone developing in front of the driven cluster. We analyze the implications of this clustering transition for driven transport in dense particulate flows; a nonmonotonic dependence of the average velocity on the driving force makes this process difficult to optimize.
PACS: 82.70.Dd – Colloids / 83.10.Mj – Molecular dynamics, Brownian dynamics
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