Negi, Ajay Singh and Sengupta, Kheya and Sood, AK (2005) Frequency-Dependent Shape Changes of Colloidal Clusters under Transverse Electric Field. In: Langmuir, 21 (25). pp. 11623-11627.
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We have studied clustering of colloidal particles under the influence of an ac electric field as a function of frequency. The field was applied in a direction perpendicular to the confining walls. Two regimes are observed, a low frequency regime where the clusters are isotropic with a local triangular order, as reported earlier in the literature, and a new high-frequency regime where the clusters are highly elongated (anisotropic) with no local order. The crossover from one regime to the other occurs at a critical frequency, fc. The threshold field for the cluster formation, Eth, increases with frequency in both the egimes. An increase in the particle size leads to a reduction in both Eth and fc. We present evidence o show that the elongated structures seen at high frequency are related to the field inhomogeneities at imperfections on the conducting surface. We also propose a possible mechanism based on hydrodynamic flow considerations to explain the formation of these clusters.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||The Copyright belongs to American Chemical Society.|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics|
|Date Deposited:||06 Jan 2006|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2010 04:22|
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