Phonon spectra, nearest neighbors, and mechanical stability of disordered colloidal clusters with attractive interactions.

Abstract

We investigate the influence of morphology and size on the vibrational properties of disordered clusters of colloidal particles with attractive interactions. Spectral features of the vibrational modes are found to depend strongly on the average number of nearest neighbors, NN, but only weakly on the number of particles in each glassy cluster. In particular, the median phonon frequency, ω(med), is constant for NN<2 and then grows linearly with NN for NN>2. This behavior parallels concurrent observations about local isostatic structures, which are absent in clusters with NN<2 and then grow linearly in number for NN>2. Thus, cluster vibrational properties appear to be strongly connected to cluster mechanical stability, and the scaling of ω(med) with NN is reminiscent of the jamming transition. Simulations of random networks of springs corroborate observations.

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@article{Yunker2011PhononSN, title={Phonon spectra, nearest neighbors, and mechanical stability of disordered colloidal clusters with attractive interactions.}, author={Peter Yunker and Ke Chen and Zexin Zhang and Arjun G. Yodh}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2011}, volume={106 22}, pages={225503} }