Il Nuovo Cimento D

, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 1141–1148 | Cite as

Self-organization in aggregating colloids

  • J. C. Earnshaw
  • D. J. Robinson


The interceluster organization of a two-dimensional colloidal system undergoing diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation is considered. During this process the system evolves into a stationary, scaling state. In this state the organization arises from effective intercluster repulsion due to the mutually exclusive depletion zones surrounding each cluster. It is shown that in the scaling regime the relevant size of the depletion zones is determined by the separation between clusters, rather than the cluster size.

PACS 64.60.Cn

Order-disorder and statistical mechanics of model systems 

PACS 64.75

Solubility, segregation and mixing 

PACS 82.70.Dd


PACS 05.40

Fluctuation phenomena, random processes and Brownian motion 

PACs 01.30.Cc

Conference proceedings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Earnshaw
    • 1
  • D. J. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.The Department of Pure and Applied PhysicsThe Queen's University of BelfastNorthern Ireland

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