Phase diagrams of low valence patchy particles

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Phase diagrams of low valence patchy particles

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 2nd November 2009
  • Speaker: Flavio Romano (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

In this seminar, I will present the results we have obtained regarding the thermodynamic behaviour of low valence (3,4,5) patchy particles with varying the radial interaction range in the single bond per patch regime. The complete phase diagrams of valences 4 and 5 will be presented, toghether with preliminary results on valence 3. Our results regarding the liquid stability will be compared with the those of the isotropic case, giving a possible explanation of the difficulty in crystallizing these particles. Furthermore, the hypothesis of Charbonneau and Frenkel about a critical valence below which the liquid retains its thermodynamic stability will be compared with our results.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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