Statistical analysis of phase formation in 2D colloidal systems
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Box 516, SE-75120, Uppsala, Sweden
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Accepted: 8 January 2018
Published online: 23 January 2018
Colloidal systems offer unique opportunities for the study of phase formation and structure since their characteristic length scales are accessible to visible light. As a model system the two-dimensional assembly of colloidal magnetic and non-magnetic particles dispersed in a ferrofluid (FF) matrix is studied by transmission optical microscopy. We present a method to statistically evaluate images with thousands of particles and map phases by extraction of local variables. Different lattice structures and long-range connected branching chains are observed, when tuning the effective magnetic interaction and varying particle ratios.
Key words: Soft Matter: Colloids and Nanoparticles
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