Random-walk analysis of displacement statistics of particles in concentrated suspensions of hard spheres.

  • William van Megen
  • Published 2006 in
    Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and…

Abstract

Mean-squared displacements (MSDs) of colloidal fluids of hard spheres are analyzed in terms of a random walk, an analysis which assumes that the process of structural relaxation among the particles can be described in terms of thermally driven memoryless encounters. For the colloidal fluid in thermodynamic equilibrium the magnitude of the stretching of the MSD is able to be reconciled by a bias in the walk. This description fails for the under-cooled colloidal fluid.

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@article{Megen2006RandomwalkAO, title={Random-walk analysis of displacement statistics of particles in concentrated suspensions of hard spheres.}, author={William van Megen}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2006}, volume={73 1 Pt 1}, pages={011401} }