Dynamics and collapse of two-dimensional colloidal lattices

Sowmitri Tarimala, Chih Yuan Wu, Lenore L. Dai

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One interesting aspect of colloidal particles is the formation of colloidal crystals at the 2D and 3D levels. Here we report the dynamics and collapse of colloidal lattices at liquid-liquid interfaces using Pickering emulsions as an experimental template. The colloidal particles oscillate around their equilibrium positions. The short-time diffusion constant (< 10 s) of single particles increases with increasing lattice spacing; the oil-phase viscosity has an effect on diffusion only at large interparticle distances. Strikingly, we observe that the equilibrium structure can be disturbed when increasing the output laser intensity in a confocal laser scanning microscope, which leads to the collapse of colloidal lattices in the presence of small laser powers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7458-7461
Number of pages4
Issue number18
StatePublished - Aug 29 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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