Publication Title

Physical Review Letters

Publication Date

10-3-2005

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.157801

Keywords

forces, particles

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

Using laser tweezers, we study colloidal interactions of solid microspheres in the nematic bulk caused by elastic distortions around the particles with tangential surface anchoring. The interactions overcome the Brownian motion when the interparticle separation r ->(p) is less than 3 particle diameters. The particles attract when the angle theta between r ->(p) and the uniform far-field director n(0) is between 0 degrees and approximate to 70 degrees and repel when 75 degrees less than or similar to theta(0) and, at higher concentrations, form complex kinetically trapped structures.

Comments

Copyright 2005 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.157801


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