Percolation and phase separation in a fluid of sticky spheres

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Percolation and phase separation in a fluid of sticky spheres

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 10th February 2003
  • Speaker: Mark Miller (FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics Amsterdam The Netherlands)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

A wide variety of systems, from silica suspensions to copolymer micelles, interact through attractive forces whose range is very short in comparison with the particle size. Computer simulation of such systems is difficult, but offers a valuable complement to experiments and theoretical predictions. In this talk I will introduce the archetypal short-range model: Baxter's adhesive hard spheres. I will then show how the competition between percolation and fluid-fluid separation in this model can be studied by computer simulation.

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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