Crystallization of Deformable Spherical Colloids

Condensed Matter journal club

Crystallization of Deformable Spherical Colloids

  • Event time: 11:30am
  • Event date: 24th September 2010
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

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We introduce and characterize a first-order model for a generic class of colloidal particles that have a preferred spherical shape but can undergo deformations while always maintaining hard-body interactions. The model consists of hard spheres that can continuously change shape at fixed volume into prolate or oblate ellipsoids of revolution, subject to an energetic penalty. The severity of this penalty is specified by a single parameter that determines the flexibility of the particles. The deformable hard spheres crystallize at higher packing fractions than rigid hard spheres, have a narrower solid-fluid coexistence region and can reach high densities by a second transition to an orientationally ordered crystal.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 088305 (2010)


Vera M. O. Batista and Mark A. Miller