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  1. Random-close packing limits for monodisperse and polydisperse hard spheres.

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    Baranau, Vasili; Tallarek, Ulrich

    2014-06-07

    We investigate how the densities of inherent structures, which we refer to as the closest jammed configurations, are distributed for packings of 10(4) frictionless hard spheres. A computational algorithm is introduced to generate closest jammed configurations and determine corresponding densities. Closest jamming densities for monodisperse packings generated with high compression rates using Lubachevsky-Stillinger and force-biased algorithms are distributed in a narrow density range from φ = 0.634-0.636 to φ≈ 0.64; closest jamming densities for monodisperse packings generated with low compression rates converge to φ≈ 0.65 and grow rapidly when crystallization starts with very low compression rates. We interpret φ≈ 0.64 as the random-close packing (RCP) limit and φ≈ 0.65 as a lower bound of the glass close packing (GCP) limit, whereas φ = 0.634-0.636 is attributed to another characteristic (lowest typical, LT) density φLT. The three characteristic densities φLT, φRCP, and φGCP are determined for polydisperse packings with log-normal sphere radii distributions.

  2. A Continuous Time Random Walk Description of Monodisperse, Hard-Sphere Colloids below the Ordering Transition

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    Lechman, Jeremy; Pierce, Flint

    2012-02-01

    Diffusive transport is a ubiquitous process that is typically understood in terms of a classical random walk of non-interacting particles. Here we present the results for a model of hard-sphere colloids in a Newtonian incompressible solvent at various volume fractions below the ordering transition (˜50%). We numerically simulate the colloidal systems via Fast Lubrication Dynamics -- a Brownian Dynamics approach with corrected mean-field hydrodynamic interactions. Colloid-colloid interactions are also included so that we effectively solve a system of interacting Langevin equations. The results of the simulations are analyzed in terms of the diffusion coefficient as a function of time with the early and late time diffusion coefficients comparing well with experimental results. An interpretation of the full time dependent behavior of the diffusion coefficient and mean-squared displacement is given in terms of a continuous time random walk. Therefore, the deterministic, continuum diffusion equation which arises from the discrete, interacting random walkers is presented. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  3. Molecular dynamics of a dense fluid of polydisperse hard spheres

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    Sear, Richard P.

    2000-01-01

    Slow dynamics in a fluid are studied in one of the most basic systems possible: polydisperse hard spheres. Monodisperse hard spheres cannot be studied as the slow down in dynamics as the density is increased is preempted by crystallisation. As the dynamics slow they become more heterogeneous, the spread in the distances traveled by different particles in the same time increases. However, the dynamics appears to be less heterogeneous than in hard-sphere-like colloids at the same volume fractio...

  4. Close packing density of polydisperse hard spheres.

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    Farr, Robert S; Groot, Robert D

    2009-12-28

    The most efficient way to pack equally sized spheres isotropically in three dimensions is known as the random close packed state, which provides a starting point for many approximations in physics and engineering. However, the particle size distribution of a real granular material is never monodisperse. Here we present a simple but accurate approximation for the random close packing density of hard spheres of any size distribution based upon a mapping onto a one-dimensional problem. To test this theory we performed extensive simulations for mixtures of elastic spheres with hydrodynamic friction. The simulations show a general (but weak) dependence of the final (essentially hard sphere) packing density on fluid viscosity and on particle size but this can be eliminated by choosing a specific relation between mass and particle size, making the random close packed volume fraction well defined. Our theory agrees well with the simulations for bidisperse, tridisperse, and log-normal distributions and correctly reproduces the exact limits for large size ratios.

  5. Multidensity integral-equation theory for short diblock hard-sphere-sticky-hard-sphere chains.

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    Wu, Ning; Chiew, Y C

    2010-04-01

    The multidensity Ornstein-Zernike integral equation theory is applied to study a simple model of hard sphere/sticky hard sphere diblock chains. The multidensity integral equation formalism has been successfully used to model the equilibrium structure and thermodynamic properties of homonuclear chains and shorter dimer fluids; to our knowledge it has not been applied to model diblock chains. In this work, a diblock chain fluids is represented by an m-component equal molar mixture of hard spheres with species 1,2,...,mh and sticky hard spheres with species mh+1,mh+2,...,m. Each spherical particle has two attractive sites A and B except species 1 and m, which have only one site per particle. In the limit of complete association, this mixture yields a system of monodisperse diblock chains. A general solution of this model is obtained in the Percus-Yevick, Polymer Percus-Yevick and ideal chain approximations. Both structural and thermodynamic properties of this model are investigated. From this study, a microphase separation is predicted for relatively short diblock symmetric and asymmetric chains. This microphase separation is enhanced at lower temperature and higher density. When chain length increases, the phase transition changes from a microphase level to a macrophase level. The size of microdomain structure is found to be dependent on total chain length, relative ratio of block lengths, temperature, and density.

  6. Kinetic theory of hard spheres

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    Beijeren, H. van; Ernst, M.H.

    1979-01-01

    Kinetic equations for the hard-sphere system are derived by diagrammatic techniques. A linear equation is obtained for the one-particle-one particle equilibrium time correlation function and a nonlinear equation for the one-particle distribution function in nonequilibrium. Both equations are nonloca

  7. Hard sphere model of atom

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    Tsekov, R

    2014-01-01

    The finite size effect of electron and nucleus is accounted for in the model of atom. Due to their hard sphere repulsion the energy of the 1s orbital decreases and the corrections amount up to 8 % in Uranium. Several models for boundary conditions on the atomic nucleus surface are discussed as well.

  8. Free volume distribution of nearly jammed hard sphere packings

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    Maiti, Moumita; Sastry, Srikanth

    2014-07-01

    We calculate the free volume distributions of nearly jammed packings of monodisperse and bidisperse hard sphere configurations. These distributions differ qualitatively from those of the fluid, displaying a power law tail at large free volumes, which constitutes a distinct signature of nearly jammed configurations, persisting for moderate degrees of decompression. We reproduce and explain the observed distribution by considering the pair correlation function within the first coordination shell for jammed hard sphere configurations. We analyze features of the equation of state near jamming, and discuss the significance of observed asphericities of the free volumes to the equation of state.

  9. Hard sphere packings within cylinders.

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    Fu, Lin; Steinhardt, William; Zhao, Hao; Socolar, Joshua E S; Charbonneau, Patrick

    2016-03-07

    Arrangements of identical hard spheres confined to a cylinder with hard walls have been used to model experimental systems, such as fullerenes in nanotubes and colloidal wire assembly. Finding the densest configurations, called close packings, of hard spheres of diameter σ in a cylinder of diameter D is a purely geometric problem that grows increasingly complex as D/σ increases, and little is thus known about the regime for D > 2.873σ. In this work, we extend the identification of close packings up to D = 4.00σ by adapting Torquato-Jiao's adaptive-shrinking-cell formulation and sequential-linear-programming (SLP) technique. We identify 17 new structures, almost all of them chiral. Beyond D ≈ 2.85σ, most of the structures consist of an outer shell and an inner core that compete for being close packed. In some cases, the shell adopts its own maximum density configuration, and the stacking of core spheres within it is quasiperiodic. In other cases, an interplay between the two components is observed, which may result in simple periodic structures. In yet other cases, the very distinction between the core and shell vanishes, resulting in more exotic packing geometries, including some that are three-dimensional extensions of structures obtained from packing hard disks in a circle.

  10. Apparent wall-slip of colloidal hard-sphere suspensions in microchannel flow

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    Ghosh, Somnath; van den Ende, Henricus T.M.; Mugele, Friedrich Gunther; Duits, Michael H.G.

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the dependence of the apparent slip length (β) on the particle concentration for suspensions of colloidal hard spheres flowing through microchannels with smooth walls. Hydrostatic pressure was used to pump monodisperse suspensions of 1 μm silica spheres in water–glycerol mixture thro

  11. Probing the evolution and morphology of hard carbon spheres

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    Pol, Vilas G.; Wen, Jianguo; Lau, Kah Chun; Callear, Samantha; Bowron, Daniel T.; Lin, Chi-Kai; Deshmukh, Sanket A.; Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian; Curtiss, Larry A.; David, William; Miller, Dean J.; Thackeray, Michael M.

    2014-03-01

    Monodispersed hard carbon spheres can be synthesized quickly and reproducibly by autogenic reactions of hydrocarbon precursors, notably polyethylene (including plastic waste), at high temperature and pressure. The carbon microparticles formed by this reaction have a unique spherical architecture, with a dominant internal nanometer layered motif, and they exhibit diamond-like hardness and electrochemical properties similar to graphite. In the present study, in-situ monitoring by X-ray diffraction along with electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, neutron pair-distribution function analysis, and computational modeling has been used to elucidate the morphology and evolution of the carbon spheres that form from the autogenic reaction of polyethylene at high temperature and pressure. A mechanism is proposed on how polyethylene evolves from a linear chain-based material to a layered carbon motif. Heating the spheres to 2400-2800 °C under inert conditions increases their graphitic character, particularly at the surface, which enhances their electrochemical and tribological properties.

  12. The Chiral Dipolar Hard Sphere Model.

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    Mazars, Martial

    2009-01-01

    Abstract A simple molecular model of chiral molecules is presented in this paper : the chiral dipolar hard sphere model. The discriminatory interaction between enantiomers is represented by electrostatic (or magnetic) dipoles-dipoles interactions : short ranged steric repulsion are represented by hard sphere potential and, in each molecule, two point dipoles are located inside the sphere. The model is described in detail and some of its elementary properties are given ; in particul...

  13. Structure-transport correlation for the diffusive tortuosity of bulk, monodisperse, random sphere packings.

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    Khirevich, Siarhei; Höltzel, Alexandra; Daneyko, Anton; Seidel-Morgenstern, Andreas; Tallarek, Ulrich

    2011-09-16

    The mass transport properties of bulk random sphere packings depend primarily on the bed (external) porosity ε, but also on the packing microstructure. We investigate the influence of the packing microstructure on the diffusive tortuosity τ=D(m)/D(eff), which relates the bulk diffusion coefficient (D(m)) to the effective (asymptotic) diffusion coefficient in a porous medium (D(eff)), by numerical simulations of diffusion in a set of computer-generated, monodisperse, hard-sphere packings. Variation of packing generation algorithm and protocol yielded four Jodrey-Tory and two Monte Carlo packing types with systematically varied degrees of microstructural heterogeneity in the range between the random-close and the random-loose packing limit (ε=0.366-0.46). The distinctive tortuosity-porosity scaling of the packing types is influenced by the extent to which the structural environment of individual pores varies in a packing, and to quantify this influence we propose a measure based on Delaunay tessellation. We demonstrate that the ratio of the minimum to the maximum void face area of a Delaunay tetrahedron around a pore between four adjacent spheres, (A(min)/A(max))(D), is a measure for the structural heterogeneity in the direct environment of this pore, and that the standard deviation σ of the (A(min)/A(max))(D)-distribution considering all pores in a packing mimics the tortuosity-porosity scaling of the generated packing types. Thus, σ(A(min)/A(max))(D) provides a structure-transport correlation for diffusion in bulk, monodisperse, random sphere packings. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. SURFACES OF HARD-SPHERE SYSTEMS

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    Dietrich Stoyan

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In various situations surfaces appear that are formed by systems of hard spheres. Examples are porous layers as surfaces of sand heaps and biofilms or fracture surfaces of concrete. The present paper considers models where a statistically homogeneous system of hard spheres with random radii is intersected by a plane and the surface is formed by the spheres with centers close to this plane. Formulae are derived for various characteristics of such surfaces: for the porosity profile, i.e. the local porosity in dependence on the distance from the section plane and for the geometry of the sphere caps that look above the section plane.It turns out that these characteristics only depend on the first-order characteristics of the sphere system, its sphere density and the sphere radius distribution.Comparison with empirically studied biofilms shows that the model is realistic.

  15. Point defects in hard-sphere crystals

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    Pronk, S.; Frenkel, D.

    2001-01-01

    We report numerical calculations of the concentration of interstitials in hard-sphere crystals. We find that, in a three-dimensional fcc hard-sphere crystal at the melting point, the concentration of interstitials is 2 * 10^-8. This is some three orders of magnitude lower than the concentration of vacancies. A simple, analytical estimate yields a value that is in fair agreement with the numerical results.

  16. Phase equilibria in polydisperse nonadditive hard-sphere systems.

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    Paricaud, Patrice

    2008-08-01

    Colloidal particles naturally exhibit a size polydispersity that can greatly influence their phase behavior in solution. Nonadditive hard-sphere (NAHS) mixtures are simple and well-suited model systems to represent phase transitions in colloid systems. Here, we propose an analytical equation of state (EOS) for NAHS fluid mixtures, which can be straightforwardly applied to polydisperse systems. For positive values of the nonadditivity parameter Delta the model gives accurate predictions of the simulated fluid-fluid coexistence curves and compressibility factors. NPT Monte Carlo simulations of the mixing properties of the NAHS symmetric binary mixture with Delta>0 are reported. It is shown that the enthalpy of mixing is largely positive and overcomes the positive entropy of mixing when the pressure is increased, leading to a fluid-fluid phase transition with a lower critical solution pressure. Phase equilibria in polydisperse systems are predicted with the model by using the density moment formalism [P. Sollich, Adv. Chem. Phys. 116, 265 (2001)]. We present predictions of the cloud and shadow curves for polydisperse NAHS systems composed of monodisperse spheres and polydisperse colloid particles. A fixed nonadditivity parameter Delta > 0 is assumed between the monodisperse and polydisperse spheres, and a Schulz distribution is used to represent the size polydispersity. Polydispersity is found to increase the extent of the immiscibility region. The predicted cloud and shadow curves depend dramatically on the upper cutoff diameter sigmac of the Schulz distribution, and three-phase equilibria can occur for large values of sigmac.

  17. Large difference in the elastic properties of fcc and hcp hard-sphere crystals

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    Pronk, S.; Frenkel, D.

    2003-01-01

    We report a numerical calculation of the elastic constants of the fcc and hcp crystal phases of monodisperse hard-sphere colloids. Surprisingly, some of these elastic constants are very different (up to 20%), even though the free-energy, pressure, and bulk compressibility of the two crystal structur

  18. Macromolecule-Induced Clustering of Hard Spheres.

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    Chatterjee, Avik Prasun

    2001-06-01

    The connectivity Ornstein-Zernike formalism, together with the polymer reference interaction site model (PRISM), is employed to describe connectivity and network formation in mixtures of spheres and polymers. Results are presented for the percolation of spheres induced by both flexible coil-like and rigid rod-like linear polymers; the Percus-Yevick (PY) approximation is used throughout. Our results are compared with predictions based on the adhesive hard sphere (AHS) model, and correlations with the polymer-mediated second virial coefficient between spheres are discussed. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  19. The phase behavior of linear and partially flexible hard-sphere chain fluids and the solubility of hard spheres in hard-sphere chain fluids

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    Oyarzun, B.A.; Van Westen, T.; Vlugt, T.J.H.

    2013-01-01

    he liquid crystal phase behavior of linear and partially flexible hard-sphere chain fluids and the solubility of hard spheres in hard-sphere chain fluids are studied by constant pressure Monte Carlo simulations. An extensive study on the phase behavior of linear fluids with a length of 7, 8, 9, 10,

  20. Event Driven Langevin simulations of Hard Spheres

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    Scala, Antonio

    2011-01-01

    The blossoming of interest in colloids and nano-particles has given renewed impulse to the study of hard-body systems. In particular, hard spheres have become a real test system for theories and experiments. It is therefore necessary to study the complex dynamics of such systems in presence of a solvent; disregarding hydrodynamic interactions, the simplest model is the Langevin equation. Unfortunately, standard algorithms for the numerical integration of the Langevin equation require that interactions are slowly varying during an integration timestep. This in not the case for hard-body systems, where there is no clearcut between the correlation time of the noise and the timescale of the interactions. Starting first from a splitting of the Fokker-Plank operator associated with the Langevin dynamics, and then from an approximation of the two-body Green's function, we introduce and test two new algorithms for the simulation of the Langevin dynamics of hard-spheres.

  1. Detecting Phase Boundaries in Hard-Sphere Suspensions

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    McDowell, Mark; Rogers, Richard B.; Gray, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    A special image-data-processing technique has been developed for use in experiments that involve observation, via optical microscopes equipped with electronic cameras, of moving boundaries between the colloidal-solid and colloidal-liquid phases of colloidal suspensions of monodisperse hard spheres. During an experiment, it is necessary to adjust the position of a microscope to keep the phase boundary within view. A boundary typically moves at a speed of the order of microns per hour. Because an experiment can last days or even weeks, it is impractical to require human intervention to keep the phase boundary in view. The present image-data-processing technique yields results within a computation time short enough to enable generation of automated-microscope-positioning commands to track the moving phase boundary

  2. A Convenient and Templated Method for the Fabrication of Monodisperse Micrometer Hollow Titania Spheres

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    Haibo Yao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple and widely applicable methodology was presented to synthesize monodisperse micrometer hollow titania spheres (HTS based on the templating method. It was performed by using the preformed poly(styrene-acrylic acid (PSA as template spheres which was mixed with tetrabutyltitanate (TBOT in an ethanol solvent under steam treatment. The HTS which were obtained by the calcination of PSA/TiO2 composite core-shell spheres had a narrow particle size distribution and commendable surface topography characterized by SEM. The calcined HTS at 500°C displayed crystalline reflection peaks that were characteristic to the anatase phase by XRD. Moreover, some key influencing factors including TBOT concentration and reaction time were analyzed. As expected, the diameter of HTS could be readily controlled by altering the size of PSA template spheres. In addition, the approach was also applied to fabricate hollow zirconia spheres and other inorganic spheres.

  3. Assembly of body-centered cubic crystals in hard spheres.

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    Xu, W-S; Sun, Z-Y; An, L-J

    2011-05-01

    We investigate the crystallization of monodisperse hard spheres confined by two square patterned substrates (possessing the basic character of the body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure) at varying substrate separations via molecular dynamics simulation. Through slowly increasing the density of the system, we find that crystallization under the influence of square patterned substrates can set in at lower densities compared with the homogeneous crystallization. As the substrate separation decreases, the density, where crystallization occurs (i.e., pressure drops), becomes small. Moreover, two distinct regimes are identified in the plane of bcc particle fraction and density for the separation range investigated. For large substrate separations, the bcc particle fraction displays a local maximum as the density is increased, and the resulting formed crystals have a polycrystalline structure. However, and more importantly, another situation emerges for small substrate separations: the capillary effects (stemming from the presence of two substrates) overwhelm the bulk driving forces (stemming from the spontaneous thermal fluctuations in the bulk) during the densification, eventually resulting in the formation of a defect-free bcc crystal (unstable with respect to the bulk hard-sphere crystals) by using two square patterned substrates.

  4. Simulations of driven overdamped frictionless hard spheres

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    Lerner, Edan; Düring, Gustavo; Wyart, Matthieu

    2013-03-01

    We introduce an event-driven simulation scheme for overdamped dynamics of frictionless hard spheres subjected to external forces, neglecting hydrodynamic interactions. Our event-driven approach is based on an exact equation of motion which relates the driving force to the resulting velocities through the geometric information characterizing the underlying network of contacts between the hard spheres. Our method allows for a robust extraction of the instantaneous coordination of the particles as well as contact force statistics and dynamics, under any chosen driving force, in addition to shear flow and compression. It can also be used for generating high-precision jammed packings under shear, compression, or both. We present a number of additional applications of our method.

  5. Structure of crystals of hard colloidal spheres

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    Pusey, P.N.; van Megen, W.; Bartlett, P.; Ackerson, B.J.; Rarity, J.G.; Underwood, S.M. (Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, WR14 3PS, United Kingsom (GB) Department of Applied Physics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia School of Chemistry, Bristol University, Bristol, BS8 1TS, United Kingdom Department of Physics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078)

    1989-12-18

    We report light-scattering measurements of powder diffraction patterns of crystals of essentially hard colloidal spheres. These are consistent with structures formed by stacking close-packed planes of particles in a sequence of permitted lateral positions, {ital A},{ital B},{ital C}, which shows a high degree of randomness. Crystals grown slowly, while still containing many stacking faults, show a tendency towards face-centered-cubic packing: possible explanations for this observation are discussed.

  6. Small-angle scattering from precipitates: Analysis by use of a polydisperse hard-sphere model

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    Pedersen, J.S.

    1993-01-01

    A general polydisperse hard-sphere model for analyzing small-angle-scattering data from spherical precipitates in alloys is presented. In the model the size distribution is chosen as a Weibull density distribution and the hard-sphere interaction radius is taken as being proportional to the radius...... very good fits to the experimental data and the results are in agreement with a Li content of 25% in the precipitates. The concentration of Li in the matrix is also in good agreement with the phase diagram of Al-Li found in the literature. Results from the application of a monodisperse hard-sphere...... of the precipitates. The Weibull distribution is monomodal, and depending on the parameters describing the distribution, it can skew to either side. Small-angle x-ray- and neutron-scattering data, taken from the literature, from spherical delta' precipitates in Al-Li alloys have been analyzed with the model. It gives...

  7. Synthesis of Monodisperse Walnut-Like SnO2 Spheres and Their Photocatalytic Performances

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    Jing Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Novel walnut-like SnO2 spheres have been synthesized using a one-step hydrothermal reaction with SnCl2·2H2O and KOH as raw materials. The morphology, microstructure, and optical properties of the products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, Raman spectrum, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, selected area electron diffraction (SAED, and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The detailed studies revealed that these synthesized spheres are highly monodisperse and have a uniform size of approximately 250 nm. Photocatalytic activity of the prepared SnO2 spheres was evaluated by the degradation of methylene orange. The synthesized SnO2 spheres exhibited excellent photocatalytic degradation. In addition, a possible formation mechanism of the walnut-like nanostructures was proposed based on reaction time-dependent experiments.

  8. Collision statistics in sheared inelastic hard spheres.

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    Bannerman, Marcus N; Green, Thomas E; Grassia, Paul; Lue, Leo

    2009-04-01

    The dynamics of sheared inelastic-hard-sphere systems is studied using nonequilibrium molecular-dynamics simulations and direct simulation Monte Carlo. In the molecular-dynamics simulations Lees-Edwards boundary conditions are used to impose the shear. The dimensions of the simulation box are chosen to ensure that the systems are homogeneous and that the shear is applied uniformly. Various system properties are monitored, including the one-particle velocity distribution, granular temperature, stress tensor, collision rates, and time between collisions. The one-particle velocity distribution is found to agree reasonably well with an anisotropic Gaussian distribution, with only a slight overpopulation of the high-velocity tails. The velocity distribution is strongly anisotropic, especially at lower densities and lower values of the coefficient of restitution, with the largest variance in the direction of shear. The density dependence of the compressibility factor of the sheared inelastic-hard-sphere system is quite similar to that of elastic-hard-sphere fluids. As the systems become more inelastic, the glancing collisions begin to dominate over more direct, head-on collisions. Examination of the distribution of the times between collisions indicates that the collisions experienced by the particles are strongly correlated in the highly inelastic systems. A comparison of the simulation data is made with direct Monte Carlo simulation of the Enskog equation. Results of the kinetic model of Montanero [J. Fluid Mech. 389, 391 (1999)] based on the Enskog equation are also included. In general, good agreement is found for high-density, weakly inelastic systems.

  9. Thermoplastic polyurethanes with TDI-based monodisperse hard segments

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    De, D.; Araichimani, A.; ten Hoopen, Hermina W.M.; Gaymans, R.J.

    2009-01-01

    Polyurethanes with PTMO soft segments and toluene diisocyanate diamide as urethane segment were studied. The toluene diisocyanate diamide urethane segment was monodisperse in length. The soft segment length was changed by extending PTMO with TDI units to a soft segment length varying from 2 250 to

  10. Sustainable and scalable production of monodisperse and highly uniform colloidal carbonaceous spheres using sodium polyacrylate as the dispersant.

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    Gong, Yutong; Xie, Lei; Li, Haoran; Wang, Yong

    2014-10-28

    Monodisperse, uniform colloidal carbonaceous spheres were fabricated by the hydrothermal treatment of glucose with the help of a tiny amount of sodium polyacrylate (PAANa). This synthetic strategy is effective at high glucose concentration and for scale-up experiments. The sphere size can be easily tuned by the reaction time, temperature and glucose concentration.

  11. Packing Effect of Excluded Volume on Hard-Sphere Colloids

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    肖长明; 金国钧; 马余强

    2001-01-01

    We apply the principle of maximum entropy to consider the excluded volume effect on the phase separation of binary mixtures consisting of hard spheres with two different diameters. We show that a critical volume fraction of hard spheres exists locating the packing of large spheres. In particular, through numerical calculation, we have found that the critical volume fraction becomes lower when the ratio α = σ1/σ2 of large-to-small sphere diameters increases, but becomes higher when the ratio of the large sphere volume fraction to the total volume fraction of large and small spheres increases.

  12. When mixtures of hard-sphere-like colloids do not behave as mixtures of hard spheres.

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    Germain, Ph; Malherbe, J G; Amokrane, S

    2004-10-01

    The validity of the concept of "hard-sphere-like" particles for mixtures of colloids is questioned from a theoretical point of view. This concerns the class of pseudobinary mixtures in which the nonsteric interactions between the colloids are "residual" (with very small range and moderate strength). It is shown that contrary to common expectation, such interactions may have unexpected consequences on the theoretical phase diagram. The distinction between this situation and true solute-solvent mixtures is emphasized.

  13. Depletion induced demixing in polydisperse mixtures of hard spheres

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    Sear, RP

    1998-01-01

    Polydisperse mixtures are those in which components with a whole range of sizes are present. It is shown that the fluid phase of polydisperse hard spheres is thermodynamically unstable unless the density of large spheres decreases at least exponentially as their size increases. The instability is with respect to the large spheres crystallising out into multiple solid phases.

  14. Phase behavior and structure of binary hard-sphere mixtures

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    Dijkstra, Marjolein; Roij, R. van; Evans, R.

    1998-01-01

    By integrating out the degrees of freedom of the small spheres in a binary mixture of large and small hard spheres, we derive an explicit effective Hamiltonian for the large spheres. Using the two-body (depletion potential) contribution to this effective Hamiltonian in simulations, we find stable

  15. Diffusive redistribution of small spheres in crystallization of highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures

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    Xu, Wen-Sheng; Sun, Zhao-Yan; An, Li-Jia

    2011-01-01

    We report a molecular dynamics study of crystallization in highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures, in which the large spheres can form a crystal phase while the small ones remain disordered during the crystallization process of the large spheres. By taking advantage of assisting crystal nucleation with a patterned substrate, direct evidence is presented that there is a close link between the diffusive redistribution of the small spheres and the crystal formation of the large spheres. A...

  16. Thermodynamic signature of the dynamic glass transition in hard spheres

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    Hermes, M|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304829854; Dijkstra, M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/123538807

    2010-01-01

    We use extensive event-driven molecular dynamics simulations to study the thermodynamic, structural and dynamic properties of hard-sphere glasses. We determine the equation of state of the metastable fluid branch for hard spheres with a size polydispersity of 10%. Our results show a clear jump in

  17. Nonadditive hard-sphere fluid mixtures: A simple analytical theory

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    Fantoni, Riccardo; Santos, Andrés

    2011-01-01

    We construct a non-perturbative fully analytical approximation for the thermodynamics and the structure of nonadditive hard-sphere fluid mixtures. The method essentially lies in a heuristic extension of the Percus-Yevick solution for additive hard spheres. Extensive comparison with Monte Carlo simulation data shows a generally good agreement, especially in the case of like-like radial distribution functions.

  18. Nonadditive hard-sphere fluid mixtures: a simple analytical theory.

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    Fantoni, Riccardo; Santos, Andrés

    2011-10-01

    We construct a nonperturbative fully analytical approximation for the thermodynamics and the structure of nonadditive hard-sphere fluid mixtures. The method essentially lies in a heuristic extension of the Percus-Yevick solution for additive hard spheres. Extensive comparison with Monte Carlo simulation data shows a generally good agreement, especially in the case of like-like radial distribution functions.

  19. Direct measurement of thermodynamic properties of colloidal hard spheres

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    Dullens, R.P.A.; Kegel, W.K.; Aarts, D.G.A.L.

    2008-01-01

    Recently, we have shown how to measure thermodynamic properties of colloidal hard sphere suspensions by microscopy [Dullens et al. (2006) PNAS 103, 529]. Here, we give full experimental details on how to acquire three dimensional snapshots of a colloidal hard sphere suspension over a wide range of d

  20. Microwave Synthesized Monodisperse CdS Spheres of Different Size and Color for Solar Cell Applications

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    Carlos A. Rodríguez-Castañeda

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodisperse CdS spheres of size of 40 to 140 nm were obtained by microwave heating from basic solutions. It is observed that larger CdS spheres were formed at lower solution pH (8.4–8.8 and smaller ones at higher solution pH (10.8–11.3. The color of CdS products changed with solution pH and reaction temperature; those synthesized at lower pH and temperature were of green-yellow color, whereas those formed at higher pH and temperature were of orange-yellow color. A good photovoltage was observed in CdS:poly(3-hexylthiophene solar cells with spherical CdS particles. This is due to the good dispersion of CdS nanoparticles in P3HT solution that led to a large interface area between the organic and inorganic semiconductors. Higher photocurrent density was obtained in green-yellow CdS particles of lower defect density. The efficient microwave chemistry accelerated the hydrolysis of thiourea in pH lower than 9 and produced monodisperse spherical CdS nanoparticles suitable for solar cell applications.

  1. Mono-dispersed cross-linked polystyrene micro-spheres prepared by seed swelling polymerization method

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    Dongsha WANG; Yanjun LIU

    2008-01-01

    A two-step swelling procedure was adopted to synthesize mono-dispersed and highly cross-linked poly (St-divinylbenzene) particles with PSt micro-spheres (1.80 μmin diameter). The PSt micro-spheres were prepared by a dispersion polymerization method and used as seeds. The effects of monomer concentration, ratio of ethanol to water, swelling reagents, crosslinking reagents, swelling temper-ature and agitation speed on particle size were investigated in detail. The morphologies and size distributions of these micro-spheres were examined by SEM and particle size analysis (PSA). The Tg of the micro-spheres was measured by DSC. The results indicate that the particles (6.20 μm in diameter) exhibit excellent mono dispersed property and high crosslinking degree when the concentration of the swelling reagent was 25%, the concentration of the cross-linking reagents was 23%, the swelling temperature was 30℃ and the stirring speed was 150 r/min.

  2. Alternative fundamental measure theory for additive hard sphere mixtures.

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    Malijevský, Alexandr

    2006-11-21

    The purpose of this short paper is to present an alternative fundamental measure theory (FMT) for hard sphere mixtures. Keeping the main features of the original Rosenfeld's FMT [Phys. Rev. Lett. 63, 980 (1989)] and using the dimensional and the low-density limit conditions a new functional is derived incorporating Boublik's multicomponent extension [Mol. Phys. 59, 371 (1986)] of highly accurate Kolafa's equation of state for pure hard spheres. We test the theory for pure hard spheres and hard sphere mixtures near a planar hard wall and compare the results with the original Rosenfeld's FMT and one of its modifications and with new very accurate simulation data. The test reveals an excellent agreement between the results based on the alternative FMT and simulation data for density profile near a contact and some improvement over the original Rosenfeld's FMT and its modification at the contact region.

  3. Self-diffusion in liquid gallium and hard sphere model

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    Full Text Available Incoherent and coherent components of quasielastic neutron scattering have been studied in the temperature range of T = 313 K – 793 K aiming to explore the applicability limits of the hard-sphere approach for the microscopic dynamics of liquid gallium, which is usually considered as a non-hard-sphere system. It was found that the non-hard-sphere effects come into play at the distances shorter than the average interatomic distance. The longer range diffusive dynamics of liquid Ga is dominated by the repulsive forces between the atoms.

  4. Binary hard-sphere mixtures within spherical pores

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    Kim, S C; Lee, C H

    1999-01-01

    The free-energy model, which is based on the fundamental geometric measures of the particles, has been employed to investigate the structural properties of nonuniform hard-sphere mixtures within spherical pores. Monte Carlo simulation has been performed to calculate the density profiles of hard-sphere mixtures confined in spherical pores, and the simulation has been compared with the calculated results. Comparisons between the theoretical results and the simulation data have shown that the free-energy model demonstrates reliable accuracy and reproduces the simulation data accurately even for larger size ratios of hard spheres.

  5. Low-Density Fluid Phase of Dipolar Hard Spheres

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    Sear, Richard P.

    1996-03-01

    Unexpectedly, recent computer simulation studies [Weis and Levesque, Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 2729 (1993); Leeuwen and Smit, ibid. 71, 3991 (1993)] failed to find a liquid phase for dipolar hard spheres. We argue that the liquid was not observed because the dipolar spheres form long chains which interact only weakly. To support this argument we derive a simple theory for noninteracting chains of dipolar spheres and show that it provides a reasonable description of the low-density fluid phase.

  6. Stochastic hard-sphere dynamics for hydrodynamics of nonideal fluids.

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    Donev, Aleksandar; Alder, Berni J; Garcia, Alejandro L

    2008-08-15

    A novel stochastic fluid model is proposed with a nonideal structure factor consistent with compressibility, and adjustable transport coefficients. This stochastic hard-sphere dynamics (SHSD) algorithm is a modification of the direct simulation Monte Carlo algorithm and has several computational advantages over event-driven hard-sphere molecular dynamics. Surprisingly, SHSD results in an equation of state and a pair correlation function identical to that of a deterministic Hamiltonian system of penetrable spheres interacting with linear core pair potentials. The fluctuating hydrodynamic behavior of the SHSD fluid is verified for the Brownian motion of a nanoparticle suspended in a compressible solvent.

  7. Depletion potential in colloidal mixtures of hard spheres and platelets.

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    Harnau, L; Dietrich, S

    2004-05-01

    The depletion potential between two hard spheres in a solvent of thin hard disclike platelets is investigated by using either the Derjaguin approximation or density functional theory. Particular attention is paid to the density dependence of the depletion potential. A second-order virial approximation is applied, which yields nearly exact results for the bulk properties of the hard-platelet fluid at densities two times smaller than the density of the isotropic fluid at isotropic-nematic phase coexistence. As the platelet density increases, the attractive primary minimum of the depletion potential deepens and an additional small repulsive barrier at larger sphere separations develops. Upon decreasing the ratio of the radius of the spheres and the platelets, the primary minimum diminishes and the position of the small repulsive barrier shifts to smaller values of the sphere separation.

  8. Demixing in binary mixtures of apolar and dipolar hard spheres.

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    Almarza, N G; Lomba, E; Martín, C; Gallardo, A

    2008-12-21

    We study the demixing transition of mixtures of equal size hard spheres and dipolar hard spheres using computer simulation and integral equation theories. Calculations are carried out at constant pressure, and it is found that there is a strong correlation between the total density and the composition. The critical temperature and the critical total density are found to increase with pressure. The critical mole fraction of the dipolar component on the contrary decreases as pressure is augmented. These qualitative trends are reproduced by the theoretical approaches that on the other hand overestimate by far the value of the critical temperature. Interestingly, the critical parameters for the liquid-vapor equilibrium extrapolated from the mixture results in the limit of vanishing neutral hard sphere concentration agree rather well with recent estimates based on the extrapolation of charged hard dumbbell phase equilibria when dumbbell elongation shrinks to zero [G. Ganzenmuller and P. J. Camp, J. Chem. Phys. 126, 191104 (2007)].

  9. Theory of asymmetric nonadditive binary hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Roth, R; Evans, R; Louis, A A

    2001-11-01

    It is shown that the formal procedure of integrating out the degrees of freedom of the small spheres in a binary hard-sphere mixture works equally well for nonadditive as it does for additive mixtures. For highly asymmetric mixtures (small size ratios) the resulting effective Hamiltonian of the one-component fluid of big spheres, which consists of an infinite number of many-body interactions, should be accurately approximated by truncating after the term describing the effective pair interaction. Using a density functional treatment developed originally for additive hard-sphere mixtures the zero, one, and two-body contribution to the effective Hamiltonian are determined. It is demonstrated that even small degrees of positive or negative nonadditivity have significant effect on the shape of the depletion potential. The second virial coefficient B2, corresponding to the effective pair interaction between two big spheres, is found to be a sensitive measure of the effects of nonadditivity. The variation of B2 with the density of the small spheres shows significantly different behavior for additive, slightly positive and slightly negative nonadditive mixtures. Possible repercussions of these results for the phase behavior of binary hard-sphere mixtures are discussed and it is suggested that measurements of B2 might provide a means of determining the degree of nonadditivity in real colloidal mixtures.

  10. Existence of isostatic, maximally random jammed monodisperse hard-disk packings.

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    Atkinson, Steven; Stillinger, Frank H; Torquato, Salvatore

    2014-12-30

    We generate jammed packings of monodisperse circular hard-disks in two dimensions using the Torquato-Jiao sequential linear programming algorithm. The packings display a wide diversity of packing fractions, average coordination numbers, and order as measured by standard scalar order metrics. This geometric-structure approach enables us to show the existence of relatively large maximally random jammed (MRJ) packings with exactly isostatic jammed backbones and a packing fraction (including rattlers) of [Formula: see text]. By contrast, the concept of random close packing (RCP) that identifies the most probable packings as the most disordered misleadingly identifies highly ordered disk packings as RCP in 2D. Fundamental structural descriptors such as the pair correlation function, structure factor, and Voronoi statistics show a strong contrast between the MRJ state and the typical hyperstatic, polycrystalline packings with [Formula: see text] that are more commonly obtained using standard packing protocols. Establishing that the MRJ state for monodisperse hard disks is isostatic and qualitatively distinct from commonly observed polycrystalline packings contradicts conventional wisdom that such a disordered, isostatic packing does not exist due to a lack of geometrical frustration and sheds light on the nature of disorder. This prompts the question of whether an algorithm may be designed that is strongly biased toward generating the monodisperse disk MRJ state.

  11. Phonon contribution to the entropy of hard-sphere crystals.

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    Elser, Veit

    2014-05-01

    Comparing the entropies of hard spheres in the limit of close packing, for different stacking sequences of the hexagonal layers, has been a challenge because the differences are so small. Here we present a method based on a "sticky-sphere" model by which the system interpolates between hard spheres in one limit and a harmonic crystal in the other. For the fcc and hcp stackings we have calculated the entropy difference in the harmonic (sticky) limit, as well as the differences in the free energy change upon removing the stickiness in the model. The former, or phonon entropy, accounts for most of the entropy difference. Our value for the net entropy difference, Δs = 0.001164(8)k(B) per sphere, is in excellent agreement with the best previous estimate by Mau and Huse [Phys. Rev. E 59, 4396 (1999)].

  12. Brownian versus Newtonian devitrification of hard-sphere glasses

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    Montero de Hijes, Pablo; Rosales-Pelaez, Pablo; Valeriani, Chantal; Pusey, Peter N.; Sanz, Eduardo

    2017-08-01

    In a recent molecular dynamics simulation work it has been shown that glasses composed of hard spheres crystallize via cooperative, stochastic particle displacements called avalanches [E. Sanz et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111, 75 (2014), 10.1073/pnas.1308338110]. In this Rapid Communication we investigate if such a devitrification mechanism is also present when the dynamics is Brownian rather than Newtonian. The research is motivated in part by the fact that colloidal suspensions, an experimental realization of hard-sphere systems, undergo Brownian motion. We find that Brownian hard-sphere glasses do crystallize via avalanches with very similar characteristics to those found in the Newtonian case. We briefly discuss the implications of these findings for experiments on colloids.

  13. New phase for one-component hard spheres.

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    Wu, Guang-Wen; Sadus, Richard J

    2004-06-22

    A completely new phase for one-component hard spheres is reported in an unexpected region of the phase diagram. The new phase is observed at compressibility factors intermediate between the solid and the metastable branches. It can be obtained from either Monte Carlo simulations alone or a combination of Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics calculations. An analysis of the intermediate scattering function data shows that the new phase is in a stable equilibrium. Radial distribution function data, configurational snapshots, bond order parameters, and translational order parameters obtained from molecular simulations indicate that the new phase is significantly different from the isotropic liquid, metastable, or crystalline phases traditionally observed in hard sphere systems. This result significantly changes our previous understanding of the behavior of hard spheres. (c) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

  14. Multicomponent fluid of nonadditive hard spheres near a wall.

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    Fantoni, Riccardo; Santos, Andrés

    2013-04-01

    A recently proposed rational-function approximation [Phys. Rev. E 84, 041201 (2011)] for the structural properties of nonadditive hard spheres is applied to evaluate analytically (in Laplace space) the local density profiles of multicomponent nonadditive hard-sphere mixtures near a planar nonadditive hard wall. The theory is assessed by comparison with NVT Monte Carlo simulations of binary mixtures with a size ratio 1:3 in three possible scenarios: a mixture with either positive or negative nonadditivity near an additive wall, an additive mixture with a nonadditive wall, and a nonadditive mixture with a nonadditive wall. It is observed that, while the theory tends to underestimate the local densities at contact (especially in the case of the big spheres) it captures very well the initial decay of the densities with increasing separation from the wall and the subsequent oscillations.

  15. Investigating hard sphere interactions through spin echo scattering angle measurement

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    Washington, Adam

    Spin Echo Scattering Angle Measurement (SESAME) allows neutron scattering instruments to perform real space measurements on large micron scale samples by encoding the scattering angle into the neutron's spin state via Larmor precession. I have built a SESAME instrument at the Low Energy Neutron Source. I have also assisted in the construction of a modular SESAME instrument on the ASTERIX beamline at Los Alamos National lab. The ability to tune these instruments has been proved mathematically and optimized and automated experimentally. Practical limits of the SESAME technique with respect to polarization analyzers, neutron spectra, Larmor elements, and data analysis were investigated. The SESAME technique was used to examine the interaction of hard spheres under depletion. Poly(methyl methacrylate) spheres suspended in decalin had previously been studied as a hard sphere solution. The interparticle correlations between the spheres were found to match the Percus-Yevick closure, as had been previously seen in dynamical light scattering experiments. To expand beyond pure hard spheres, 900kDa polystyrene was added to the solution in concentrations of less than 1% by mass. The steric effects of the polystyrene were expected to produce a short-range, attractive, "sticky" potential. Experiment showed, however, that the "sticky" potential was not a stable state and that the spheres would eventually form long range aggregates.

  16. Hydration entropy change from the hard sphere model.

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    Graziano, Giuseppe; Lee, Byungkook

    2002-12-10

    The gas to liquid transfer entropy change for a pure non-polar liquid can be calculated quite accurately using a hard sphere model that obeys the Carnahan-Starling equation of state. The same procedure fails to produce a reasonable value for hydrogen bonding liquids such as water, methanol and ethanol. However, the size of the molecules increases when the hydrogen bonds are turned off to produce the hard sphere system and the volume packing density rises. We show here that the hard sphere system that has this increased packing density reproduces the experimental transfer entropy values rather well. The gas to water transfer entropy values for small non-polar hydrocarbons is also not reproduced by a hard sphere model, whether one uses the normal (2.8 A diameter) or the increased (3.2 A) size for water. At least part of the reason that the hard sphere model with 2.8 A size water produces too small entropy change is that the size of water is too small for a system without hydrogen bonds. The reason that the 3.2 A model also produces too small entropy values is that this is an overly crowded system and that the free volume introduced in the system by the addition of a solute molecule produces too much of a relief to this crowding. A hard sphere model, in which the free volume increase is limited by requiring that the average surface-to-surface distance between the solute and water molecules is the same as that between the increased-size water molecules, does approximately reproduce the experimental hydration entropy values.

  17. Facile Synthesis of Monodispersed Polysulfide Spheres for Building Structural Colors with High Color Visibility and Broad Viewing Angle.

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    Li, Feihu; Tang, Bingtao; Wu, Suli; Zhang, Shufen

    2017-01-01

    The synthesis and assembly of monodispersed colloidal spheres are currently the subject of extensive investigation to fabricate artificial structural color materials. However, artificial structural colors from general colloidal crystals still suffer from the low color visibility and strong viewing angle dependence which seriously hinder their practical application in paints, colorimetric sensors, and color displays. Herein, monodispersed polysulfide (PSF) spheres with intrinsic high refractive index (as high as 1.858) and light-absorbing characteristics are designed, synthesized through a facile polycondensation and crosslinking process between sodium disulfide and 1,2,3-trichloropropane. Owing to their high monodispersity, sufficient surface charge, and good dispersion stability, the PSF spheres can be assembled into large-scale and high-quality 3D photonic crystals. More importantly, high structural color visibility and broad viewing angle are easily achieved because the unique features of PSF can remarkably enhance the relative reflectivity and eliminate the disturbance of scattering and background light. The results of this study provide a simple and efficient strategy to create structural colors with high color visibility, which is very important for their practical application.

  18. Chemical potential of a test hard sphere of variable size in a hard-sphere fluid

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    Heyes, David M.; Santos, Andrés

    2016-12-01

    The Labík and Smith Monte Carlo simulation technique to implement the Widom particle insertion method is applied using Molecular Dynamics (MD) instead to calculate numerically the insertion probability, P0(η ,σ0) , of tracer hard-sphere (HS) particles of different diameters, σ0, in a host HS fluid of diameter σ and packing fraction, η , up to 0.5. It is shown analytically that the only polynomial representation of -ln ⁡P0 (η ,σ0) consistent with the limits σ0→0 and σ0→∞ has necessarily a cubic form, c0(η ) +c1(η ) σ0 /σ +c2(η ) (σ0/σ ) 2 +c3(η ) (σ0/σ ) 3 . Our MD data for -ln ⁡P0 (η ,σ0) are fitted to such a cubic polynomial and the functions c0(η ) and c1(η ) are found to be statistically indistinguishable from their exact solution forms. Similarly, c2(η ) and c3(η ) agree very well with the Boublík-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland and Boublík-Carnahan-Starling-Kolafa formulas. The cubic polynomial is extrapolated (high density) or interpolated (low density) to obtain the chemical potential of the host fluid, or σ0→σ , as β μex =c0+c1+c2+c3 . Excellent agreement between the Carnahan-Starling and Carnahan-Starling-Kolafa theories with our MD data is evident.

  19. Chemical potential of a test hard sphere of variable size in a hard-sphere fluid

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    Heyes, David M

    2016-01-01

    The Lab\\'ik and Smith Monte Carlo simulation technique to implement the Widom particle insertion method is extended using Molecular Dynamics (MD) instead to calculate numerically the insertion probability, $P_0(\\eta,\\sigma_0)$, of tracer hard-sphere (HS) particles of different diameters, $\\sigma_0$, in a host HS fluid of diameter $\\sigma$ and packing fraction, $\\eta$, up to $0.5$. It is shown analytically that the only polynomial representation of $-\\ln P_0(\\eta,\\sigma_0)$ consistent with the limits $\\sigma_0\\to 0$ and $\\sigma_0\\to\\infty$ has necessarily a cubic form, $c_0(\\eta)+c_1(\\eta)\\sigma_0/\\sigma+c_2(\\eta)(\\sigma_0/\\sigma)^2+c_3(\\eta)(\\sigma_0/\\sigma)^3$. Our MD data for $-\\ln P_0(\\eta,\\sigma_0)$ are fitted to such a cubic polynomial and the functions $c_0(\\eta)$ and $c_1(\\eta)$ are found to be statistically indistinguishable from their exact solution forms. Similarly, $c_2(\\eta)$ and $c_3(\\eta)$ agree very well with the Boubl\\'ik--Mansoori--Carnahan--Starling--Leland and Boubl\\'ik--Carnahan--Starling-...

  20. A generalized hard-sphere model for Monte Carlo simulation

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    Hassan, H. A.; Hash, David B.

    1993-01-01

    A new molecular model, called the generalized hard-sphere, or GHS model, is introduced. This model contains, as a special case, the variable hard-sphere model of Bird (1981) and is capable of reproducing all of the analytic viscosity coefficients available in the literature that are derived for a variety of interaction potentials incorporating attraction and repulsion. In addition, a new procedure for determining interaction potentials in a gas mixture is outlined. Expressions needed for implementing the new model in the direct simulation Monte Carlo methods are derived. This development makes it possible to employ interaction models that have the same level of complexity as used in Navier-Stokes calculations.

  1. Thermodynamic signature of the dynamic glass transition in hard spheres.

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    Hermes, Michiel; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2010-03-17

    We use extensive event-driven molecular dynamics simulations to study the thermodynamic, structural and dynamic properties of hard-sphere glasses. We determine the equation of state of the metastable fluid branch for hard spheres with a size polydispersity of 10%. Our results show a clear jump in the slope of the isothermal compressibility. The observation of a thermodynamic signature at the transition from a metastable fluid to a glassy state is analogous to the abrupt change in the specific heat or thermal expansion coefficient as observed for molecular liquids at the glass transition. The dynamic glass transition becomes more pronounced and shifts to higher densities for longer equilibration times.

  2. Slip and flow of hard-sphere colloidal glasses.

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    Ballesta, P; Besseling, R; Isa, L; Petekidis, G; Poon, W C K

    2008-12-19

    We study the flow of concentrated hard-sphere colloidal suspensions along smooth, nonstick walls using cone-plate rheometry and simultaneous confocal microscopy. In the glass regime, the global flow shows a transition from Herschel-Bulkley behavior at large shear rate to a characteristic Bingham slip response at small rates, absent for ergodic colloidal fluids. Imaging reveals both the "solid" microstructure during full slip and the local nature of the "slip to shear" transition. Both the local and global flow are described by a phenomenological model, and the associated Bingham slip parameters exhibit characteristic scaling with size and concentration of the hard spheres.

  3. Crystallizing hard-sphere glasses by doping with active particles.

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    Ni, Ran; Cohen Stuart, Martien A; Dijkstra, Marjolein; Bolhuis, Peter G

    2014-09-21

    Crystallization and vitrification are two different routes to form a solid. Normally these two processes suppress each other, with the glass transition preventing crystallization at high density (or low temperature). This is even true for systems of colloidal hard spheres, which are commonly used as building blocks for novel functional materials with potential applications, e.g. photonic crystals. By performing Brownian dynamics simulations of glassy systems consisting of mixtures of active and passive hard spheres, we show that the crystallization of such hard-sphere glasses can be dramatically promoted by doping the system with small amounts of active particles. Surprisingly, even hard-sphere glasses of packing fraction up to ϕ = 0.635 crystallize, which is around 0.5% below the random close packing at ϕ ≃ 0.64. Our results suggest a novel way of fabricating crystalline materials from (colloidal) glasses. This is particularly important for materials that get easily kinetically trapped in glassy states, and the crystal nucleation hardly occurs.

  4. Extended hard-sphere model and collisions of cohesive particles.

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    Kosinski, Pawel; Hoffmann, Alex C

    2011-09-01

    In two earlier papers the present authors modified a standard hard-sphere particle-wall and particle-particle collision model to account for the presence of adhesive or cohesive interaction between the colliding particles: the problem is of importance for modeling particle-fluid flow using the Lagrangian approach. This technique, which involves a direct numerical simulation of such flows, is gaining increasing popularity for simulating, e.g., dust transport, flows of nanofluids and grains in planetary rings. The main objective of the previous papers was to formally extend the impulse-based hard-sphere model, while suggestions for quantifications of the adhesive or cohesive interaction were made. This present paper gives an improved quantification of the adhesive and cohesive interactions for use in the extended hard-sphere model for cases where the surfaces of the colliding bodies are "dry," e.g., there is no liquid-bridge formation between the colliding bodies. This quantification is based on the Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) analysis of collision dynamics but includes, in addition, dissipative forces using a soft-sphere modeling technique. In this way the cohesive impulse, required for the hard-sphere model, is calculated together with other parameters, namely the collision duration and the restitution coefficient. Finally a dimensional analysis technique is applied to fit an analytical expression to the results for the cohesive impulse that can be used in the extended hard-sphere model. At the end of the paper we show some simulation results in order to illustrate the model.

  5. On the impossibility of defining adhesive hard spheres as sticky limit of a hard-sphere-Yukawa potential.

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    Gazzillo, Domenico

    2011-03-28

    For fluids of molecules with short-ranged hard-sphere-Yukawa (HSY) interactions, it is proven that the Noro-Frenkel "extended law of corresponding states" cannot be applied down to the vanishing attraction range, since the exact HSY second virial coefficient diverges in such a limit. It is also shown that, besides Baxter's original approach, a fully correct alternative definition of "adhesive hard spheres" can be obtained by taking the vanishing-range-limit (sticky limit) not of a Yukawa tail, as is commonly done, but of a slightly different potential with a logarithmic-Yukawa attraction.

  6. Patchy sticky hard spheres: analytical study and Monte Carlo simulations.

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    Fantoni, Riccardo; Gazzillo, Domenico; Giacometti, Achille; Miller, Mark A; Pastore, Giorgio

    2007-12-21

    We consider a fluid of hard spheres bearing one or two uniform circular adhesive patches, distributed so as not to overlap. Two spheres interact via a "sticky" Baxter potential if the line joining the centers of the two spheres intersects a patch on each sphere, and via a hard sphere potential otherwise. We analyze the location of the fluid-fluid transition and of the percolation line as a function of the size of the patch (the fractional coverage of the sphere's surface) and of the number of patches within a virial expansion up to third order and within the first two terms (C0 and C1) of a class of closures Cn hinging on a density expansion of the direct correlation function. We find that the locations of the two lines depend sensitively on both the total adhesive coverage and its distribution. The treatment is almost fully analytical within the chosen approximate theory. We test our findings by means of specialized Monte Carlo simulations and find the main qualitative features of the critical behavior to be well captured in spite of the low density perturbative nature of the closure. The introduction of anisotropic attractions into a model suspension of spherical particles is a first step toward a more realistic description of globular proteins in solution.

  7. Phase diagram of highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Dijkstra, M; van Roij, R; Evans, R

    1999-05-01

    We study the phase behavior and structure of highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures. By first integrating out the degrees of freedom of the small spheres in the partition function we derive a formal expression for the effective Hamiltonian of the large spheres. Then using an explicit pairwise (depletion) potential approximation to this effective Hamiltonian in computer simulations, we determine fluid-solid coexistence for size ratios q=0.033, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, and 1.0. The resulting two-phase region becomes very broad in packing fractions of the large spheres as q becomes very small. We find a stable, isostructural solid-solid transition for q0 the phase diagram mimics that of the sticky-sphere system. As expected, the radial distribution function g(r) and the structure factor S(k) of the effective one-component system show no sharp signature of the onset of the freezing transition and we find that at most points on the fluid-solid boundary the value of S(k) at its first peak is much lower than the value given by the Hansen-Verlet freezing criterion. Direct simulations of the true binary mixture of hard spheres were performed for q > or =0.05 in order to test the predictions from the effective Hamiltonian. For those packing fractions of the small spheres where direct simulations are possible, we find remarkably good agreement between the phase boundaries calculated from the two approaches-even up to the symmetric limit q=1 and for very high packings of the large spheres, where the solid-solid transition occurs. In both limits one might expect that an approximation which neglects higher-body terms should fail, but our results support the notion that the main features of the phase equilibria of asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures are accounted for by the effective pairwise depletion potential description. We also compare our results with those of other theoretical treatments and experiments on colloidal hard-sphere mixtures.

  8. Microstructure and macroscopic properties of polydisperse systems of hard spheres

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    Ogarko, Vitaliy Anatolyevich

    2014-01-01

    This dissertation describes an investigation of systems of polydisperse smooth hard spheres. This includes the development of a fast contact detection algorithm for computer modelling, the development of macroscopic constitutive laws that are based on microscopic features such as the moments of the

  9. Hard sphere colloidal dispersions: Mechanical relaxation pertaining to thermodynamic forces

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    Mellema, J.; Kruif, de C.G.; Blom, C.; Vrij, A.

    1987-01-01

    The complex viscosity of sterically stabilized (hard) silica spheres in cyclohexane has been measured between 80 Hz and 170 kHz with torsion pendulums and a nickel tube resonator. The observed relaxation behaviour can be attributed to the interplay of hydrodynamic and thermodynamic forces. The valid

  10. Rowlinson’s concept of an effective hard sphere diameter

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    Henderson, Douglas

    2010-01-01

    Attention is drawn to John Rowlinson’s idea that the repulsive portion of the intermolecular interaction may be replaced by a temperature-dependent hard sphere diameter. It is this approximation that made the development of perturbation theory possible for realistic fluids whose intermolecular interactions have a steep, but finite, repulsion at short separations. PMID:20953320

  11. Rowlinson's concept of an effective hard sphere diameter.

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    Henderson, Douglas

    2010-01-01

    Attention is drawn to John Rowlinson's idea that the repulsive portion of the intermolecular interaction may be replaced by a temperature-dependent hard sphere diameter. It is this approximation that made the development of perturbation theory possible for realistic fluids whose intermolecular interactions have a steep, but finite, repulsion at short separations.

  12. Self-assembly in colloidal hard-sphere systems

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    Filion, L.C.

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis, we examine the phase behaviour and nucleation in a variety of hard-sphere systems. In Chapter 1 we present a short introduction and describe some of the simulation techniques used in this thesis. One of the main difficulties in predicting the phase behaviour in colloidal, atomic and

  13. Transport properties of the Fermi hard-sphere system

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    Mecca, Angela; Benhar, Omar; Polls, Artur

    2015-01-01

    The transport properties of neutron star matter play an important role in a variety of astrophysical processes. We report the results of a calculation of the shear viscosity and thermal conductivity coefficients of the hard-sphere fermion system of degeneracy $\

  14. Simulating colloids with Baxter's adhesive hard sphere model

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    Miller, M.A.; Frenkel, D.

    2004-01-01

    The structure of the Baxter adhesive hard sphere fluid is examined using computer simulation. The radial distribution function (which exhibits unusual discontinuities due to the particle adhesion) and static structure factor are calculated with high accuracy over a range of conditions and compared w

  15. Simulation of the adhesive-hard-sphere model

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    Kranendonk, W.G.T.; Frenkel, D.

    1988-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulations of the three-dimensional sticky-hard-sphere system are presented. A new modified Monte Carlo algorithm has been developed which makes it possible to explore the phase diagram for a large region of both the packing fraction and the stickiness parameter t. The phase diagram is

  16. Transport properties of the rough hard sphere fluid.

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    Kravchenko, Olga; Thachuk, Mark

    2012-01-28

    Results are presented of a systematic study of the transport properties of the rough hard sphere fluid. The rough hard sphere fluid is a simple model consisting of spherical particles that exchange linear and angular momenta, and energy upon collision. This allows a study of the sole effect of particle rotation upon fluid properties. Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to conduct extensive benchmark calculations of self-diffusion, shear and bulk viscosity, and thermal conductivity coefficients. As well, the validity of several kinetic theory equations have been examined at various levels of approximation as a function of density and translational-rotational coupling. In particular, expressions from Enskog theory using different numbers of basis sets in the representation of the distribution function were tested. Generally Enskog theory performs well at low density but deviates at larger densities, as expected. The dependence of these expressions upon translational-rotational coupling was also examined. Interestingly, even at low densities, the agreement with simulation results was sometimes not even qualitatively correct. Compared with smooth hard sphere behaviour, the transport coefficients can change significantly due to translational-rotational coupling and this effect becomes stronger the greater the coupling. Overall, the rough hard sphere fluid provides an excellent model for understanding the effects of translational-rotational coupling upon transport coefficients.

  17. A New Perturbed Hard-Sphere Equation of State

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    2000-01-01

    A new equation of state based on hard-sphere perturbed theory was developed. This equation combined the CS repulsive term and Guo-Du attractive term. Parameters of 38 substances were estimated, the pressure-volume-temperature properties were calculated and compared with two other equations. The results show that this equation is more accurate.

  18. Crystallizing hard-sphere glasses by doping with active particles

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    Ni, Ran; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Dijkstra, M.; Bolhuis, P.G.

    2014-01-01

    Crystallization and vitrification are two different routes to form a solid. Normally these two processes suppress each other, with the glass transition preventing crystallization at high density (or low temperature). This is even true for systems of colloidal hard spheres, which are commonly used as

  19. Self-assembly in colloidal hard-sphere systems

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    Filion, L.C.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/326823484

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis, we examine the phase behaviour and nucleation in a variety of hard-sphere systems. In Chapter 1 we present a short introduction and describe some of the simulation techniques used in this thesis. One of the main difficulties in predicting the phase behaviour in colloidal, atomic and

  20. Microscopic Hydrodynamic Modes in a Binary Hard Sphere Mixture

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    Reichl, L. E.; Gust, Erich D.

    2017-07-01

    We derive analytic microscopic expressions for the shear viscosity, the speed of sound, and the decay rates of the hydrodynamic modes in a hard sphere binary gas mixture directly from the spectral properties of coupled Boltzmann equations. We show that the analytic expressions give good agreement with experimental viscosity data and to the results of light scattering experiments on noble gas binary mixtures.

  1. Microstructure and macroscopic properties of polydisperse systems of hard spheres

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    Ogarko, V.

    2014-01-01

    This dissertation describes an investigation of systems of polydisperse smooth hard spheres. This includes the development of a fast contact detection algorithm for computer modelling, the development of macroscopic constitutive laws that are based on microscopic features such as the moments of the

  2. Simulating colloids with Baxter's adhesive hard sphere model

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    Miller, M.A.; Frenkel, D.

    2004-01-01

    The structure of the Baxter adhesive hard sphere fluid is examined using computer simulation. The radial distribution function (which exhibits unusual discontinuities due to the particle adhesion) and static structure factor are calculated with high accuracy over a range of conditions and compared

  3. Transport properties of highly asymmetric hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Bannerman, Marcus N; Lue, Leo

    2009-04-28

    The static and dynamic properties of binary mixtures of hard spheres with a diameter ratio of sigma(B)/sigma(A)=0.1 and a mass ratio of m(B)/m(A)=0.001 are investigated using event driven molecular dynamics. The contact values of the pair correlation functions are found to compare favorably with recently proposed theoretical expressions. The transport coefficients of the mixture, determined from simulation, are compared to the predictions of the revised Enskog theory using both a third-order Sonine expansion and direct simulation Monte Carlo. Overall, the Enskog theory provides a fairly good description of the simulation data, with the exception of systems at the smallest mole fraction of larger spheres (x(A)=0.01) examined. A "fines effect" was observed at higher packing fractions, where adding smaller spheres to a system of large spheres decreases the viscosity of the mixture; this effect is not captured by the Enskog theory.

  4. Dynamic equivalences in the hard-sphere dynamic universality class.

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    López-Flores, Leticia; Ruíz-Estrada, Honorina; Chávez-Páez, Martín; Medina-Noyola, Magdaleno

    2013-10-01

    We perform systematic simulation experiments on model systems with soft-sphere repulsive interactions to test the predicted dynamic equivalence between soft-sphere liquids with similar static structure. For this we compare the simulated dynamics (mean squared displacement, intermediate scattering function, α-relaxation time, etc.) of different soft-sphere systems, between them and with the hard-sphere liquid. We then show that the referred dynamic equivalence does not depend on the (Newtonian or Brownian) nature of the microscopic laws of motion of the constituent particles, and hence, applies independently to colloidal and to atomic simple liquids. Finally, we verify another more recently proposed dynamic equivalence, this time between the long-time dynamics of an atomic liquid and its corresponding Brownian fluid (i.e., the Brownian system with the same interaction potential).

  5. Bond-orientational analysis of hard-disk and hard-sphere structures.

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    Senthil Kumar, V; Kumaran, V

    2006-05-28

    We report the bond-orientational analysis results for the thermodynamic, random, and homogeneously sheared inelastic structures of hard-disks and hard-spheres. The thermodynamic structures show a sharp rise in the order across the freezing transition. The random structures show the absence of crystallization. The homogeneously sheared structures get ordered at a packing fraction higher than the thermodynamic freezing packing fraction, due to the suppression of crystal nucleation. On shear ordering, strings of close-packed hard-disks in two dimensions and close-packed layers of hard-spheres in three dimensions, oriented along the velocity direction, slide past each other. Such a flow creates a considerable amount of fourfold order in two dimensions and body-centered-tetragonal (bct) structure in three dimensions. These transitions are the flow analogs of the martensitic transformations occurring in metals due to the stresses induced by a rapid quench. In hard-disk structures, using the bond-orientational analysis we show the presence of fourfold order. In sheared inelastic hard-sphere structures, even though the global bond-orientational analysis shows that the system is highly ordered, a third-order rotational invariant analysis shows that only about 40% of the spheres have face-centered-cubic (fcc) order, even in the dense and near-elastic limits, clearly indicating the coexistence of multiple crystalline orders. When layers of close-packed spheres slide past each other, in addition to the bct structure, the hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) structure is formed due to the random stacking faults. Using the Honeycutt-Andersen pair analysis and an analysis based on the 14-faceted polyhedra having six quadrilateral and eight hexagonal faces, we show the presence of bct and hcp signatures in shear ordered inelastic hard-spheres. Thus, our analysis shows that the dense sheared inelastic hard-spheres have a mixture of fcc, bct, and hcp structures.

  6. Fundamental measure theory for hard-sphere mixtures: a review.

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    Roth, Roland

    2010-02-17

    Hard-sphere systems are one of the fundamental model systems of statistical physics and represent an important reference system for molecular or colloidal systems with soft repulsive or attractive interactions in addition to hard-core repulsion at short distances. Density functional theory for classical systems, as one of the core theoretical approaches of statistical physics of fluids and solids, has to be able to treat such an important system successfully and accurately. Fundamental measure theory is up to date the most successful and most accurate density functional theory for hard-sphere mixtures. Since its introduction fundamental measure theory has been applied to many problems, tested against computer simulations, and further developed in many respects. The literature on fundamental measure theory is already large and is growing fast. This review aims to provide a starting point for readers new to fundamental measure theory and an overview of important developments.

  7. Depletion potential in hard-sphere mixtures: theory and applications

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    Roth; Evans; Dietrich

    2000-10-01

    We present a versatile density functional approach (DFT) for calculating the depletion potential in general fluid mixtures. For the standard situation of a single big particle immersed in a sea of small particles near a fixed object, the system is regarded as an inhomogeneous binary mixture of big and small particles in the external field of the fixed object, and the limit of vanishing density of the big species, rho(b)-->0, is taken explicitly. In this limit our approach requires only the equilibrium density profile of a one-component fluid of small particles in the field of the fixed object, and a knowledge of the density independent weight functions which characterize the mixture functional. Thus, for a big particle near a planar wall or a cylinder or another fixed big particle, the relevant density profiles are functions of a single variable, which avoids the numerical complications inherent in brute force DFT. We implement our approach for additive hard-sphere mixtures, comparing our results with computer simulations for the depletion potential of a big sphere of radius R(b) in a sea of small spheres of radius R(s) near (i) a planar hard wall, and (ii) another big sphere. In both cases our results are accurate for size ratios s=R(s)/R(b) as small as 0.1, and for packing fractions of the small spheres eta(s) as large as 0.3; these are the most extreme situations for which reliable simulation data are currently available. Our approach satisfies several consistency requirements, and the resulting depletion potentials incorporate the correct damped oscillatory decay at large separations of the big particles or of the big particle and the wall. By investigating the depletion potential for high size asymmetries we assess the regime of validity of the well-known Derjaguin approximation for hard-sphere mixtures and argue that this fails, even for very small size ratios s, for all but the smallest values of eta(s) where the depletion potential reduces to the Asakura

  8. Antisolvent Precipitation for the Synthesis of Monodisperse Mesoporous Niobium Oxide Spheres as Highly Effective Solid Acid Catalysts

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    Li, Cheng Chao

    2012-03-20

    We have developed a low-cost reaction protocol to synthesize mesoporous Nb 2O 5-based solid acid catalysts with external shape control. In the synthesis, monodisperse glycolated niobium oxide spheres (GNOS) were prepared by means of a simple antisolvent precipitation approach and subsequently converted to mesoporous niobium oxide spheres (MNOS) with a large surface area of 312m 2g -1 by means of the hydrothermal treatment. The antisolvent acetone used to obtain GNOS was recovered through distillation at high purity. The obtained mesoporous MNOS were functionalized further with sulfate anions at different temperatures or incorporated with tungstophosphoric acid to obtain recyclable solid acid catalysts. These MNOS-based catalysts showed excellent performance in a wide range of acid-catalyzed reactions, such as Friedel-Crafts alkylation, esterification, and hydrolysis of acetates. As they are monodisperse spheres with diameters in the submicrometer range, the catalysts can be easily separated and reused. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Short-time diffusion in concentrated bidisperse hard-sphere suspensions.

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    Wang, Mu; Heinen, Marco; Brady, John F

    2015-02-14

    Diffusion in bidisperse Brownian hard-sphere suspensions is studied by Stokesian Dynamics (SD) computer simulations and a semi-analytical theoretical scheme for colloidal short-time dynamics, based on Beenakker and Mazur's method [Physica A 120, 388-410 (1983); 126, 349-370 (1984)]. Two species of hard spheres are suspended in an overdamped viscous solvent that mediates the salient hydrodynamic interactions among all particles. In a comprehensive parameter scan that covers various packing fractions and suspension compositions, we employ numerically accurate SD simulations to compute the initial diffusive relaxation of density modulations at the Brownian time scale, quantified by the partial hydrodynamic functions. A revised version of Beenakker and Mazur's δγ-scheme for monodisperse suspensions is found to exhibit surprisingly good accuracy, when simple rescaling laws are invoked in its application to mixtures. The so-modified δγ scheme predicts hydrodynamic functions in very good agreement with our SD simulation results, for all densities from the very dilute limit up to packing fractions as high as 40%.

  10. Hard sphere dynamics for normal and granular fluids.

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    Dufty, James W; Baskaran, Aparna

    2005-06-01

    A fluid of N smooth, hard spheres is considered as a model for normal (elastic collision) and granular (inelastic collision) fluids. The potential energy is discontinuous for hard spheres so that the pairwise forces are singular and the usual forms of Newtonian and Hamiltonian mechanics do not apply. Nevertheless, particle trajectories in the N particle phase space are well defined and the generators for these trajectories can be identified. The first part of this presentation is a review of the generators for the dynamics of observables and probability densities. The new results presented in the second part refer to applications of these generators to the Liouville dynamics for granular fluids. A set of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the generator for this Liouville dynamics system is identified in a special stationary representation. This provides a class of exact solutions to the Liouville equation that are closely related to hydrodynamics for granular fluids.

  11. Complex oscillatory yielding of model hard-sphere glasses.

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    Koumakis, N; Brady, J F; Petekidis, G

    2013-04-26

    The yielding behavior of hard sphere glasses under large-amplitude oscillatory shear has been studied by probing the interplay of Brownian motion and shear-induced diffusion at varying oscillation frequencies. Stress, structure and dynamics are followed by experimental rheology and Browian dynamics simulations. Brownian-motion-assisted cage escape dominates at low frequencies while escape through shear-induced collisions at high ones, both related with a yielding peak in G''. At intermediate frequencies a novel, for hard sphere glasses, double peak in G'' is revealed reflecting both mechanisms. At high frequencies and strain amplitudes a persistent structural anisotropy causes a stress drop within the cycle after strain reversal, while higher stress harmonics are minimized at certain strain amplitudes indicating an apparent harmonic response.

  12. Multicomponent fluid of hard spheres near a wall.

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    Malijevský, Alexandr; Yuste, Santos B; Santos, Andrés; López de Haro, Mariano

    2007-06-01

    The rational function approximation method, density functional theory, and NVT Monte Carlo simulation are used to obtain the density profiles of multicomponent hard-sphere mixtures near a planar hard wall. Binary mixtures with a size ratio 1:3 in which both components occupy a similar volume are specifically examined. The results indicate that the present version of density functional theory yields an excellent overall performance. A reasonably accurate behavior of the rational function approximation method is also observed, except in the vicinity of the first minimum, where it may even predict unphysical negative values.

  13. Frustrated spin model as a hard-sphere liquid.

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    Mostovoy, M V; Khomskii, D I; Knoester, J; Prokof'ev, N V

    2003-04-11

    We show that one-dimensional topological objects (kinks) are natural degrees of freedom for an antiferromagnetic Ising model on a triangular lattice. Its ground states and the coexistence of spin ordering with an extensive zero-temperature entropy can easily be understood in terms of kinks forming a hard-sphere liquid. Using this picture we explain effects of quantum spin dynamics on that frustrated model, which we also study numerically.

  14. Nested sampling for materials: the case of hard spheres

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    Partay, Livia B.; Bartok, Albert P.; Csanyi, Gabor

    2012-01-01

    The recently introduced nested sampling algorithm allows the direct and efficient calculation of the partition function of atomistic systems. We demonstrate its applicability to condensed phase systems with periodic boundary conditions by studying the three dimensional hard sphere model. Having obtained the partition function, we show how easy it is to calculate the compressibility and the free energy as functions of the packing fraction and local order, verifying that the transition to cryst...

  15. Ultra-small-angle neutron scattering: a tool to study packing of relatively monodisperse polymer spheres and their binary mixtures.

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    Reynolds, Philip A; McGillivray, Duncan J; Jackson, Andrew J; White, John W

    2009-07-01

    We measured ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANS) from polymethylmethacrylate spheres tamped down in air. Two slightly polydisperse pure sphere sizes (1.5 and 7.5 microm diameters) and five mixtures of these were used. All were loose packed (packing fractions of 0.3-0.6) with nongravitational forces (e.g., friction) important, preventing close packing. The USANS data are rich in information on powder packing. A modified Percus-Yevick fluid model was used to parametrize the data-adequately but not well. The modifications required the introduction of small voids, less than the sphere size, and a parameter reflecting substantial deviation from the Percus-Yevick prediction of the sphere-sphere correlation function. The mixed samples fitted less well, and two further modifying factors were necessary. These were local inhomogeneities, where the concentration of same-size spheres, both large and small, deviated from the mean packing, and a factor accounting for the presence within these "clusters" of self-avoidance of the large spheres (that is, large spheres coated with more small spheres than Percus-Yevick would predict). The overall deviations from the hard-sphere Percus-Yevick model that we find here suggest that fluid models of loose packed powders are unlikely to be successful but lay the ground work for future theoretical and computational works.

  16. Passive and active microrheology of hard-sphere colloids.

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    Wilson, L G; Harrison, A W; Schofield, A B; Arlt, J; Poon, W C K

    2009-03-26

    We performed passive and active microrheology using probe particles in a bath of well-characterized, model hard-sphere colloids in the fluid state over the whole range of volume fractions below the glass transition. The probe and bath particles have nearly the same size. Passive tracking of probe particles yields short-time self-diffusion coefficients. Comparison with literature data demonstrates that the interaction between probe and bath particles is hard-sphere-like. The short-time diffusivities yield one set of microviscosities as a function of volume fraction, which agrees with previous macrorheological measurements of the high-frequency viscosity of hard-sphere colloids. Using optical tweezers, we measure the force on a trapped probe particle as the rest of the sample is translated at constant velocity. This yields a second set of microviscosities at high Péclet numbers. These agree with previous macrorheological measurements of the high-shear viscosity of similar colloids, at shear-rates below the onset of shear-thickening.

  17. Enhanced stability of layered phases in parallel hard spherocylinders due to addition of hard spheres

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    Dogic; Frenkel; Fraden

    2000-09-01

    There is increasing evidence that entropy can induce microphase separation in binary fluid mixtures interacting through hard particle potentials. One such phase consists of alternating two-dimensional liquidlike layers of rods and spheres. We study the transition from a uniform miscible state to this ordered state using computer simulations, and compare results to experiments and theory. We conclude the following: (1) There is stable entropy driven microphase separation in mixtures of parallel rods and spheres. (2) Adding spheres smaller than the rod length decreases the total volume fraction needed for the formation of a layered phase, and therefore small spheres effectively stabilize the layered phase; the opposite is true for large spheres. (3) The degree of this stabilization increases with increasing rod length.

  18. Replica exchange Monte Carlo applied to hard spheres.

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    Odriozola, Gerardo

    2009-10-14

    In this work a replica exchange Monte Carlo scheme which considers an extended isobaric-isothermal ensemble with respect to pressure is applied to study hard spheres (HSs). The idea behind the proposal is expanding volume instead of increasing temperature to let crowded systems characterized by dominant repulsive interactions to unblock, and so, to produce sampling from disjoint configurations. The method produces, in a single parallel run, the complete HS equation of state. Thus, the first order fluid-solid transition is captured. The obtained results well agree with previous calculations. This approach seems particularly useful to treat purely entropy-driven systems such as hard body and nonadditive hard mixtures, where temperature plays a trivial role.

  19. Hard-sphere limit of soft-sphere model for granular materials: Stiffness dependence of steady granular flow

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    Mitarai, Namiko; Nakanishi, Hiizu

    2002-01-01

    Dynamical behavior of steady granular flow is investigated numerically in the inelastic hard sphere limit of the soft sphere model. We find distinctively different limiting behaviors for the two flow regimes, i.e., the collisional flow and the frictional flow. In the collisional flow, the hard sphere limit is straightforward; the number of collisions per particle per unit time converges to a finite value and the total contact time fraction with other particles goes to zero. For the frictional...

  20. Enhanced stability of layered phases in parallel hard spherocylinders due to addition of hard spheres

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    Dogic, Z.; Frenkel, D.; Fraden, S.

    2000-01-01

    There is increasing evidence that entropy can induce microphase separation in binary fluid mixtures interacting through hard particle potentials. One such phase consists of alternating two-dimensional liquidlike layers of rods and spheres. We study the transition from a uniform miscible state to

  1. Enhanced KR-Fundamental Measure Functional for Inhomogeneous Binary and Ternary Hard Sphere Mixtures

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    Zhou, Shi-Qi (世琦 周)

    2011-01-01

    An enhanced KR-fundamental measure functional (FMF) is elaborated and employed to investigate binary and ternary hard sphere fluids near a planar hard wall or confined within two planar hard walls separated by certain interval...

  2. Thermodynamic properties of lattice hard-sphere models.

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    Panagiotopoulos, A Z

    2005-09-08

    Thermodynamic properties of several lattice hard-sphere models were obtained from grand canonical histogram- reweighting Monte Carlo simulations. Sphere centers occupy positions on a simple cubic lattice of unit spacing and exclude neighboring sites up to a distance sigma. The nearestneighbor exclusion model, sigma = radical2, was previously found to have a second-order transition. Models with integer values of sigma = 1 or 2 do not have any transitions. Models with sigma = radical3 and sigma = 3 have weak first-order fluid-solid transitions while those with sigma = 2 radical2, 2 radical3, and 3 radical2 have strong fluid-solid transitions. Pressure, chemical potential, and density are reported for all models and compared to the results for the continuum, theoretical predictions, and prior simulations when available.

  3. Improved model for mixtures of polymers and hard spheres

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    D'Adamo, Giuseppe; Pelissetto, Andrea

    2016-12-01

    Extensive Monte Carlo simulations are used to investigate how model systems of mixtures of polymers and hard spheres approach the scaling limit. We represent polymers as lattice random walks of length L with an energy penalty w for each intersection (Domb-Joyce model), interacting with hard spheres of radius R c via a hard-core pair potential of range {{R}\\text{mon}}+{{R}c} , where R mon is identified as the monomer radius. We show that the mixed polymer-colloid interaction gives rise to new confluent corrections. The leading ones scale as {{L}-ν} , where ν ≈ 0.588 is the usual Flory exponent. Finally, we determine optimal values of the model parameters w and R mon that guarantee the absence of the two leading confluent corrections. This improved model shows a significantly faster convergence to the asymptotic limit L\\to ∞ and is amenable for extensive and accurate numerical simulations at finite density, with only a limited computational effort.

  4. Depletion potentials in colloidal mixtures of hard spheres and rods.

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    Li, Weihua; Yang, Tao; Ma, Hong-ru

    2008-01-28

    The depletion potential between a hard sphere and a planar hard wall, or two hard spheres, imposed by suspended rigid spherocylindrical rods is computed by the acceptance ratio method through the application of Monte Carlo simulation. The accurate results and ideal-gas approximation results of the depletion potential are determined with the acceptance ratio method in our simulations. For comparison, the depletion potentials are also studied by using both the density functional theory and Derjaguin approximations. The density profile as a function of positions and orientations of rods, used in the density functional theory, is calculated by Monte Carlo simulation. The potential obtained by the acceptance ratio method is in good agreement with that of density functional theory under the ideal-gas approximation. The comparison between our results and those of other theories suggests that the acceptance ratio method is the only efficient method used to compute the depletion potential induced by nonspherical colloids with the volume fraction beyond the ideal-gas approximation.

  5. Thermodynamic instabilities of a binary mixture of sticky hard spheres.

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    Fantoni, Riccardo; Gazzillo, Domenico; Giacometti, Achille

    2005-07-01

    The thermodynamic instabilities of a binary mixture of sticky hard spheres (SHS) in the modified mean spherical approximation (mMSA) and the Percus-Yevick (PY) approximation are investigated using an approach devised by Chen and Forstmann [corrected] [J. Chem. Phys. [corrected] 97, 3696 (1992)]. This scheme hinges on a diagonalization of the matrix of second functional derivatives of the grand canonical potential with respect to the particle density fluctuations. The zeroes of the smallest eigenvalue and the direction of the relative eigenvector characterize the instability uniquely. We explicitly compute three different classes of examples. For a symmetrical binary mixture, analytical calculations, both for mMSA and for PY, predict that when the strength of adhesiveness between like particles is smaller than the one between unlike particles, only a pure condensation spinodal exists; in the opposite regime, a pure demixing spinodal appears at high densities. We then compare the mMSA and PY results for a mixture where like particles interact as hard spheres (HS) and unlike particles as SHS, and for a mixture of HS in a SHS fluid. In these cases, even though the mMSA and PY spinodals are quantitatively and qualitatively very different from each other, we prove that they have the same kind of instabilities. Finally, we study the mMSA solution for five different mixtures obtained by setting the stickiness parameters equal to five different functions of the hard sphere diameters. We find that four of the five mixtures exhibit very different type of instabilities. Our results are expected to provide a further step toward a more thoughtful application of SHS models to colloidal fluids.

  6. Fabrication of monodisperse hollow silica spheres and effect on water vapor permeability of polyacrylate membrane.

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    Bao, Yan; Yang, Yongqiang; Ma, Jianzhong

    2013-10-01

    Polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres were fabricated using polystyrene as templates by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate through a sol-gel process, in which polystyrene was synthesized by emulsion polymerization. Then, hollow silica spheres were obtained after selective removal of the organic polystyrene core from the polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres by tetrahydrofuran etching. The effect of hollow silica spheres on water vapor permeability, mechanical property, and water uptake of polyacrylate membrane were investigated. The microstructure analysis shows that the mean size and wall thickness of hollow silica spheres are 170 nm and 20 nm, respectively. The silica shells consist of amorphous silica seed assembly with a broad size distribution, which roughen the surfaces of hollow silica spheres greatly. The specific surface area of hollow silica spheres is bigger than that of polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres. Hollow silica spheres can significantly improve water vapor permeability of polyacrylate membrane, but lead to the reduction in mechanical property.

  7. High-order virial coefficients and equation of state for hard sphere and hard disk systems.

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    Hu, Jiawen; Yu, Yang-Xin

    2009-11-07

    A very simple and accurate approach is proposed to predict the high-order virial coefficients of hard spheres and hard disks. In the approach, the nth virial coefficient B(n) is expressed as the sum of n(D-1) and a remainder, where D is the spatial dimension of the system. When n > or = 3, the remainders of the virials can be accurately expressed with Padé-type functions of n. The maximum deviations of predicted B(5)-B(10) for the two systems are only 0.0209%-0.0044% and 0.0390%-0.0525%, respectively, which are much better than the numerous existing approaches. The virial equation based on the predicted virials diverges when packing fraction eta = 1. With the predicted virials, the compressibility factors of hard sphere system can be predicted very accurately in the whole stable fluid region, and those in the metastable fluid region can also be well predicted up to eta = 0.545. The compressibility factors of hard disk fluid can be predicted very accurately up to eta = 0.63. The simulated B(7) and B(10) for hard spheres are found to be inconsistent with the other known virials and therefore they are modified as 53.2467 and 105.042, respectively.

  8. Hard spheres at a planar hard wall: Simulations and density functional theory

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Hard spheres are a central and important model reference system for both homogeneous and inhomogeneous fluid systems. In this paper we present new high-precision molecular-dynamics computer simulations for a hard sphere fluid at a planar hard wall. For this system we present benchmark data for the density profile ρ(z at various bulk densities, the wall surface free energy γ, the excess adsorption Γ, and the excess volume v_{ex}, which is closely related to Γ. We compare all benchmark quantities with predictions from state-of-the-art classical density functional theory calculations within the framework of fundamental measure theory. While we find overall good agreement between computer simulations and theory, significant deviations appear at sufficiently high bulk densities.

  9. Transport properties of the Fermi hard-sphere system

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    Mecca, Angela; Lovato, Alessandro; Benhar, Omar; Polls, Artur

    2016-03-01

    The transport properties of neutron star matter play an important role in many astrophysical processes. We report the results of a calculation of the shear viscosity and thermal conductivity coefficients of the hard-sphere fermion system of degeneracy ν = 2, that can be regarded as a model of pure neutron matter. Our approach is based on the effective interaction obtained from the formalism of correlated basis functions and the cluster expansion technique. The resulting transport coefficients show a strong sensitivity to the quasiparticle effective mass, reflecting the effect of second-order contributions to the self-energy that are not taken into account in nuclear matter studies available in the literature.

  10. Hard-sphere interactions in velocity-jump models

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    Franz, Benjamin; Taylor-King, Jake P.; Yates, Christian; Erban, Radek

    2016-07-01

    Group-level behavior of particles undergoing a velocity-jump process with hard-sphere interactions is investigated. We derive N -particle transport equations that include the possibility of collisions between particles and apply different approximation techniques to get expressions for the dependence of the collective diffusion coefficient on the number of particles and their diameter. The derived approximations are compared with numerical results obtained from individual-based simulations. The theoretical results compare well with Monte Carlo simulations providing the excluded-volume fraction is small.

  11. Hard-sphere interactions in velocity jump models

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    Franz, Benjamin; Yates, Christian; Erban, Radek

    2014-01-01

    Group-level behaviour of particles undergoing a velocity jump process with hard-sphere interactions is investigated. We derive $N$-particle transport equations that include the possibility of collisions between particles and apply different approximation techniques to get expressions for the dependence of the collective diffusion coefficient on the number of particles and their diameter. The derived approximations are compared with numerical results obtained from individual-based simulations. The theoretical results compare well with Monte Carlo simulations providing the excluded volume fraction is small.

  12. Statistical mechanics of two hard spheres in a box.

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    Uranagase, Masayuki; Munakata, Toyonori

    2006-12-01

    We investigate some statistical mechanical properties of a system consisting of two hard spheres in a D-dimensional rectangular box (D=1, 2, ...). We give a theoretical method for computing a configurational partition function Zc,D of this system and compare the equation of state obtained from Zc,D with molecular dynamics simulations. Especially in D=3, we give a fully analytic expression for the pressure which turns out to have one or more negative compressibility regions when the box size is small.

  13. Density functional for ternary non-additive hard sphere mixtures.

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    Schmidt, Matthias

    2011-10-19

    Based on fundamental measure theory, a Helmholtz free energy density functional for three-component mixtures of hard spheres with general, non-additive interaction distances is constructed. The functional constitutes a generalization of the previously given theory for binary non-additive mixtures. The diagrammatic structure of the spatial integrals in both functionals is of star-like (or tree-like) topology. The ternary diagrams possess a higher degree of complexity than the binary diagrams. Results for partial pair correlation functions, obtained via the Ornstein-Zernike route from the second functional derivatives of the excess free energy functional, agree well with Monte Carlo simulation data. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd

  14. Theory of amorphous packings of binary mixtures of hard spheres.

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    Biazzo, Indaco; Caltagirone, Francesco; Parisi, Giorgio; Zamponi, Francesco

    2009-05-15

    We extend our theory of amorphous packings of hard spheres to binary mixtures and more generally to multicomponent systems. The theory is based on the assumption that amorphous packings produced by typical experimental or numerical protocols can be identified with the infinite pressure limit of long-lived metastable glassy states. We test this assumption against numerical and experimental data and show that the theory correctly reproduces the variation with mixture composition of structural observables, such as the total packing fraction and the partial coordination numbers.

  15. Hard Sphere Diffusion Behaviour of Polymer Translocating through Interacting Pores

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    SUN Li-Zhen; LUO Meng-Bo

    2008-01-01

    The translocation of polymer chain through a small pore from a high concentration side (cis side) to a low concentration side (trans side) is simulated by using Monte Carlo technique. The effect of the polymer-pore interaction on the translocation is studied. We find a special interaction at which the decay of the number of polymer chain, N, at the cis side obeys Fick's law, i.e. N decreases exponentially with time. The behaviour is analogous to the diffusion of hard sphere.

  16. Simple liquids’ quasiuniversality and the hard-sphere paradigm

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    Dyre, Jeppe C.

    2016-01-01

    This topical review discusses the quasiuniversality of simple liquids' structure and dynamics and two possible justifications of it. The traditional one is based on the van der Waals picture of liquids in which the hard-sphere system reflects the basic physics. An alternative explanation argues...... that all quasiuniversal liquids to a good approximation conform to the same equation of motion, referring to the exponentially repulsive pair-potential system as the basic reference system. The paper, which is aimed at non-experts, ends by listing a number of open problems in the field....

  17. Numerical simulations of flows through fixed networks of monodispersed and bi-dispersed spheres, for moderate Reynolds numbers; Simulations numeriques d'ecoulements a travers des reseaux fixes de spheres monodisperses et bidisperses, pour des nombres de Reynolds moderes

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    Massol, A.

    2004-02-15

    The application of statistically averaged two-fluid models for the simulation of complex indus- trial two-phase flows requires the development of adequate models for the drag force exerted on the inclusions and the interfacial heat exchange. This task becomes problematic at high volume fractions of the dispersed phase. The quality of the simulation strongly depends upon the inter- facial exchange terms, starting with the steady drag force. For example, an accurate modelling of the drag force is therefore a crucial point to simulate the expansion of dense fluidized beds. Most models used to study the exchange terms between particles and fluids are based on the interaction between an isolated particle and a surrounding gas. Those models are clearly not adequate in cases where the volume fraction of particles increases and particle-particle interactions become important. Studying such cases is a complex task because of the multiple possible configurations. While the interaction between an isolated sphere and a gas depends only on the particle size and the slip velocity between gas and particles, the interaction between a cloud of particles and a gas depends on many more parameters: size and velocity distribution of particles, relative position of particles. Even if the particles keep relative fixed positions, there is an infinite number of combinations to construct such an array. The objective of the present work is to perform steady and unsteady simulations of the flow in regular arrays of fixed particles in order to analyze the influence of the size and distributions of spheres on drag force and heat transfer (the array of spheres can be either monodispersed, either bi-dispersed). Several authors have studied the drag exerted on the spheres, but only for low Reynolds numbers and/or solid volume fractions close to the packed limit. Moreover some discrepancies are observed between the different studies. On top of that, all existing studies are limited to steady flows

  18. De Gennes Narrowing and Hard-Sphere Approach.

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    Sobolev, Oleg

    2016-09-22

    The energy width Δω of the quasielastic coherent dynamic structure factor S(Q, ω) for a simple liquid exhibits the oscillating dependence on wavenumber Q with the sharp minimum at Qmax corresponding to the maximum of the structure factor S(Q). The only known expression for Δω(Q) was derived for a dense hard-sphere (HS) fluid (Cohen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 1987, 59, 2872). Though this expression has been frequently used for the analysis of the experimental data obtained for liquid metals, until now, it has never been tested against a true HS fluid. A test performed by means of HS molecular dynamic simulations reveals a considerable discrepancy between the simulations results and the examined model. The main output of the analysis is the finding that the ΔωHS(Q) behavior is defined in terms of the average cage size, ⟨Lc⟩, rather than of the HS diameter, σHS. The simulated ΔωHS(Q) has been compared with the results for the soft-spherical potential. The microscopic dynamics of the soft-sphere fluid shows significant difference in comparison to the HS system. Nevertheless, the diffusive mobility of soft spheres can be characterized within the HS approximation using an effective diameter, σeff, and this parameter can be found from Δω(Q) at Q ≈ Qmax. A similar result has been obtained for the neutron scattering data measured for liquid Rb.

  19. Population annealing simulations of a binary hard-sphere mixture

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    Callaham, Jared; Machta, Jonathan

    2017-06-01

    Population annealing is a sequential Monte Carlo scheme well suited to simulating equilibrium states of systems with rough free energy landscapes. Here we use population annealing to study a binary mixture of hard spheres. Population annealing is a parallel version of simulated annealing with an extra resampling step that ensures that a population of replicas of the system represents the equilibrium ensemble at every packing fraction in an annealing schedule. The algorithm and its equilibration properties are described, and results are presented for a glass-forming fluid composed of a 50/50 mixture of hard spheres with diameter ratio of 1.4:1. For this system, we obtain precise results for the equation of state in the glassy regime up to packing fractions φ ≈0.60 and study deviations from the Boublik-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland equation of state. For higher packing fractions, the algorithm falls out of equilibrium and a free volume fit predicts jamming at packing fraction φ ≈0.667 . We conclude that population annealing is an effective tool for studying equilibrium glassy fluids and the jamming transition.

  20. The hard-sphere model of strongly interacting fermion systems

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    Mecca, Angela

    2016-01-01

    The formalism based on Correlated Basis Functions (CBF) and the cluster-expansion technique has been recently employed to derive an effective interaction from a realistic nuclear Hamiltonian. One of the main objectives of the work described in this Thesis is establishing the accuracy of this novel approach--that allows to combine the flexibility of perturbation theory in the basis of eigenstates of the noninteracting system with a realistic description of short-range correlations in coordinate space--by focusing on the hard-sphere fermion system. As a first application of the formalism, the quasiparticle properties of hard spheres of degeneracy four have been determined from the two-point Green's function. The calculation has been performed carrying out a perturbative expansion of the self-energy, up to the second order in the CBF effective interaction. The main results of this study are the momentum distributions, the quasiparticle spectra and their description in terms of effective mass. The investigation o...

  1. Crystallization and dynamical arrest of attractive hard spheres.

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    Babu, Sujin; Gimel, Jean-Christophe; Nicolai, Taco

    2009-02-14

    Crystallization of hard spheres interacting with a square well potential was investigated by numerical simulations using so-called Brownian cluster dynamics. The phase diagram was determined over a broad range of volume fractions. The crystallization rate was studied as a function of the interaction strength expressed in terms of the second virial coefficient. For volume fractions below about 0.3 the rate was found to increase abruptly with increasing attraction at the binodal of the metastable liquid-liquid phase separation. The rate increased until a maximum was reached after which it decreased with a power law dependence on the second virial coefficient. Above a critical percolation concentration, a transient system spanning network of connected particles was formed. Crystals were formed initially as part of the network, but eventually crystallization led to the breakup of the network. The lifetime of the transient gels increased very rapidly over a small range of interaction energies. Weak attraction destabilized the so-called repulsive crystals formed in pure hard sphere systems and shifted the coexistence line to higher volume fractions. Stronger attraction led to the formation of a denser, so-called attractive, crystalline phase. Nucleation of attractive crystals in the repulsive crystalline phase was observed close to the transition.

  2. Monodisperse TiO2 Spheres with High Charge Density and Their Self-Assembly.

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    Xia, Hongbo; Wu, Suli; Su, Xin; Zhang, Shufen

    2017-01-03

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) spheres are potential candidates to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) photonic crystals owing to their high refractive index and low absorption in the visible and near-infrared regions. Here, TiO2 spheres with both high surface charge density and uniform size, which are necessary for the self-assembly of TiO2 spheres, have been prepared by means of sol-gel methods in ethanol in the presence of thioglycolic acid as ligand. Thioglycolic acid, which contains two functional groups, not only acts as coordinating ligand for stabilizing and controlling the growth of TiO2 spheres but also endows the resulting TiO2 spheres with high charge density as based on ζ-potential analysis when the pH of the TiO2 aqueous dispersion was 6.5 or higher. The SEM images illustrate that the diameter of the prepared TiO2 spheres can be tuned from 100 to 300 nm by simply controlling the concentration of H2 O. FTIR spectra confirm that thioglycolic acid bonded to the surface of TiO2 spheres through carboxylic groups. As anticipated, the obtained TiO2 spheres could self-assemble to form a 3D opal photonic crystal structure by means of a simple gravity sedimentation method. Then the TiO2 spheres in the 3D opal photonic crystal structure were able to transform into a pure anatase phase by annealing at different temperatures.

  3. Surface properties of poly(ethylene oxide)-based segmented block copolymers with monodisperse hard segments

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    Husken, D.; Feijen, Jan; Gaymans, R.J.

    2009-01-01

    The surface properties of segmented block copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) segments and monodisperse crystallizable tetra-amide segments were studied. The monodisperse crystallizable segments (T6T6T) were based on terephthalate (T) and hexamethylenediamine (6). Due to the crystallinity

  4. Bulk and wetting phenomena in a colloidal mixture of hard spheres and platelets

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    Harnau, L.; Dietrich, S.

    2004-01-01

    Density functional theory is used to study binary colloidal fluids consisting of hard spheres and thin platelets in their bulk and near a planar hard wall. This system exhibits liquid-liquid coexistence of a phase that is rich in spheres (poor in platelets) and a phase that is poor in spheres (rich in platelets). For the mixture near a planar hard wall, we find that the phase rich in spheres wets the wall completely upon approaching the liquid demixing binodal from the sphere-poor phase, prov...

  5. Second virial coefficient for the dipolar hard sphere fluid.

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    Henderson, Douglas

    2011-07-28

    The dipolar hard sphere fluid is a useful model for a polar fluid. Some years ago, the second virial coefficient, B(2), of this fluid was obtained as a series expansion in the inverse temperature or (dipole strength) by Keesom. Little work on this problem seems to have been done since that time. Using a result of Chan and Henderson for the spherical average of the Boltzmann factor of this fluid, more complete results are obtained for B(2). The more complete results are more negative than the Keesom series, as one would expect, but his expansion is remarkably accurate. This method can be used to obtain the second virial coefficient of the dipolar Lennard-Jones (Stockmayer) or dipolar Yukawa fluids.

  6. Shear Yielding and Shear Jamming of Dense Hard Sphere Glasses

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    Urbani, Pierfrancesco; Zamponi, Francesco

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the response of dense hard sphere glasses to a shear strain in a wide range of pressures ranging from the glass transition to the infinite-pressure jamming point. The phase diagram in the density-shear strain plane is calculated analytically using the mean-field infinite-dimensional solution. We find that just above the glass transition, the glass generically yields at a finite shear strain. The yielding transition in the mean-field picture is a spinodal point in presence of disorder. At higher densities, instead, we find that the glass generically jams at a finite shear strain: the jamming transition prevents yielding. The shear yielding and shear jamming lines merge in a critical point, close to which the system yields at extremely large shear stress. Around this point, highly nontrivial yielding dynamics, characterized by system-spanning disordered fractures, is expected.

  7. Density Fluctuations of Hard-Sphere Fluids in Narrow Confinement

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    Nygârd, Kim; Sarman, Sten; Hyltegren, Kristin; Chodankar, Shirish; Perret, Edith; Buitenhuis, Johan; van der Veen, J. Friso; Kjellander, Roland

    2016-01-01

    Spatial confinement induces microscopic ordering of fluids, which in turn alters many of their dynamic and thermodynamic properties. However, the isothermal compressibility has hitherto been largely overlooked in the literature, despite its obvious connection to the underlying microscopic structure and density fluctuations in confined geometries. Here, we address this issue by probing density profiles and structure factors of hard-sphere fluids in various narrow slits, using x-ray scattering from colloid-filled nanofluidic containers and integral-equation-based statistical mechanics at the level of pair distributions for inhomogeneous fluids. Most importantly, we demonstrate that density fluctuations and isothermal compressibilities in confined fluids can be obtained experimentally from the long-wavelength limit of the structure factor, providing a formally exact and experimentally accessible connection between microscopic structure and macroscopic, thermodynamic properties. Our approach will thus, for example, allow direct experimental verification of theoretically predicted enhanced density fluctuations in liquids near solvophobic interfaces.

  8. Nested sampling for materials: The case of hard spheres

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    Pártay, Lívia B.; Bartók, Albert P.; Csányi, Gábor

    2014-02-01

    The recently introduced nested sampling algorithm allows the direct and efficient calculation of the partition function of atomistic systems. We demonstrate its applicability to condensed phase systems with periodic boundary conditions by studying the three-dimensional hard-sphere model. Having obtained the partition function, we show how easy it is to calculate the compressibility and the free energy as functions of the packing fraction and local order, verifying that the transition to crystallinity has a very small barrier, and that the entropic contribution of jammed states to the free energy is negligible for packing fractions above the phase transition. We quantify the previously proposed schematic phase diagram and estimate the extent of the region of jammed states. We find that within our samples, the maximally random jammed configuration is surprisingly disordered.

  9. Crystallization kinetics of polydisperse colloidal hard spheres. II. Binary mixtures.

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    Martin, S; Bryant, G; van Megen, W

    2005-02-01

    In this paper we present measurements of the crystallization kinetics of binary mixtures of two different sized hard sphere particles. The growth of the Bragg reflections over time were analyzed to yield the crystallite scattering vector, the total amount of crystal, and the average linear crystal size. It was observed that a particle size distribution skewed to higher sized particles has a less detrimental effect on the crystal structure than a skew to smaller sized particles. In the latter case we observe that initial crystallite growth occurs at only a small number of sites, with further crystallization sites developing at later times. Based on these measurements we elaborate further on the previously proposed growth mechanism whereby crystallization occurs in conjunction with a local fractionation process in the fluid, which significantly affects the kinetic growth of crystallites in polydisperse systems.

  10. Hard sphere crystal nucleation and growth near large spherical impurities

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    de Villeneuve, V. W. A.; Verboekend, D.; Dullens, R. P. A.; Aarts, D. G. A. L.; Kegel, W. K.; Lekkerkerker, H. N. W.

    2005-11-01

    We report how large spherical impurities affect the nucleation and growth of hard sphere colloidal crystals. Both the impurities and the colloids are fluorescently labelled polymethylmetacrylate particles and are dispersed in an optically and density matching solvent mixture. Crystal growth, initiated either at the impurity surface, or at the sample bottom, was studied by imaging sequences of two-dimensional xy-slices in the plane of the impurity's centre of mass with a laser scanning confocal microscope. At least two factors determine whether a large impurity can function as a seed for heterogeneous nucleation: timescales and impurity curvature. The curvature needs to be sufficiently low for crystal nuclei to form on the impurity surface. If bulk crystal growth has already approached the impurity, bulk growth is dominant over growth of crystallites on the impurity surface. Such surface crystallites eventually reorient to adapt to the overall bulk crystal symmetry.

  11. Inhomogeneous quasistationary state of dense fluids of inelastic hard spheres.

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    Fouxon, Itzhak

    2014-05-01

    We study closed dense collections of freely cooling hard spheres that collide inelastically with constant coefficient of normal restitution. We find inhomogeneous states (ISs) where the density profile is spatially nonuniform but constant in time. The states are exact solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations that describe the coupled distributions of density and temperature valid when inelastic losses of energy per collision are small. The derivation is performed without modeling the equations' coefficients that are unknown in the dense limit (such as the equation of state) using only their scaling form specific for hard spheres. Thus the IS is the exact state of this dense many-body system. It captures a fundamental property of inelastic collections of particles: the possibility of preserving nonuniform temperature via the interplay of inelastic cooling and heat conduction that generalizes previous results. We perform numerical simulations to demonstrate that arbitrary initial state evolves to the IS in the limit of long times where the container has the geometry of the channel. The evolution is like a gas-liquid transition. The liquid condenses in a vanishing part of the total volume but takes most of the mass of the system. However, the gaseous phase, which mass grows only logarithmically with the system size, is relevant because its fast particles carry most of the energy of the system. Remarkably, the system self-organizes to dissipate no energy: The inelastic decay of energy is a power law [1+t/t(c)](-2), where t(c) diverges in the thermodynamic limit. This is reinforced by observing that for supercritical systems the IS coincide in most of the space with the steady states of granular systems heated at one of the walls. We discuss the relation of our results to the recently proposed finite-time singularity in other container's geometries.

  12. Microscopic theories of the structure and glassy dynamics of ultra-dense hard sphere fluids

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    Jadrich, Ryan; Schweizer, Kenneth

    2013-03-01

    We construct a new thermodynamically self-consistent integral equation theory (IET) for the equilibrium metastable fluid structure of monodisperse hard spheres that incorporates key features of the jamming transition. A two Yukawa generalized mean spherical IET closure for the direct correlation function tail is employed to model the distinctive short and long range contributions for highly compressed fluids. The exact behavior of the contact value of the radial distribution function (RDF) and isothermal compressibility are enforced, as well as an approximate theory for the RDF contact derivative. Comparison of the theoretical results for the real and Fourier space structure with nonequilibrium jammed simulations reveals many similarities, but also differences as expected. The new structural theory is used as input into the nonlinear Langevin equation (NLE) theory of activated single particle dynamics to study the alpha relaxation time, and good agreement with recent experiments and simulations is found. We demonstrate it is crucial to accurately describe the very high wave vector Fourier space to reliably extract the dynamical predictions of NLE theory, and structural precursors of jamming play an important role in determining entropic barriers.

  13. Criticality in charge-asymmetric hard-sphere ionic fluids.

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    Aqua, Jean-Noël; Banerjee, Shubho; Fisher, Michael E

    2005-10-01

    Phase separation and criticality are analyzed in z:1 charge-asymmetric ionic fluids of equisized hard spheres by generalizing the Debye-Hückel approach combined with ionic association, cluster solvation by charged ions, and hard-core interactions, following lines developed by Fisher and Levin for the 1:1 case (i.e., the restricted primitive model). Explicit analytical calculations for 2:1 and 3:1 systems account for ionic association into dimers, trimers, and tetramers and subsequent multipolar cluster solvation. The reduced critical temperatures, Tc* (normalized by z), decrease with charge asymmetry, while the critical densities increase rapidly with . The results compare favorably with simulations and represent a distinct improvement over all current theories such as the mean spherical approximation, symmetric Poisson-Boltzmann theory, etc. For z not equal to 1, the interphase Galvani (or absolute electrostatic) potential difference, Deltaphi(T), between coexisting liquid and vapor phases is calculated and found to vanish as absolute value (T-Tc) beta when T-->Tc-with, since our approximations are classical, beta = (1/2). Above Tc, the compressibility maxima and so-called k-inflection loci (which aid the fast and accurate determination of the critical parameters) are found to exhibit a strong z dependence.

  14. Assembly of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on SiO2 monodisperse spheres

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    K C Barick; D Bahadur

    2006-11-01

    The assembly of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles on submicroscopic SiO2 spheres have been prepared by an in situ reaction using different molar ratios of Fe3+/Fe2+ (50–200%). It has been observed that morphology of the assembly and properties of these hybrid materials composed of SiO2 as core and Fe3O4 nanoparticles as shell depend on the molar ratio of Fe3+/Fe2+.

  15. Hard-sphere limit of soft-sphere model for granular materials: stiffness dependence of steady granular flow.

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    Mitarai, Namiko; Nakanishi, Hiizu

    2003-02-01

    Dynamical behavior of steady granular flow is investigated numerically in the inelastic hard-sphere limit of the soft-sphere model. We find distinctively different limiting behaviors for the two flow regimes, i.e., the collisional flow and the frictional flow. In the collisional flow, the hard-sphere limit is straightforward; the number of collisions per particle per unit time converges to a finite value and the total contact time fraction with other particles goes to zero. For the frictional flow, however, we demonstrate that the collision rate diverges as the power of the particle stiffness so that the time fraction of the multiple contacts remains finite even in the hard-sphere limit, although the contact time fraction for the binary collisions tends to zero.

  16. Analytical expressions for the fourth virial coefficient of a hard-sphere mixture.

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    Labík, Stanislav; Kolafa, Jirí

    2009-11-01

    A method of numerical calculation of the fourth virial coefficients of the mixture of additive hard spheres is proposed. The results are compared with an exact analytical formula for the fourth partial virial coefficient B4[1] (i.e., three spheres of diameters sigma1 and one sphere of diameter sigma2) and a semiempirical expression for B4[2] (i.e., two spheres of each kind). It is shown that the first formula is nonanalytic and the implication to the equations of state for hard-sphere mixtures is discussed.

  17. Monodisperse porous silicon spheres as anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Wang, Wei; Favors, Zachary; Ionescu, Robert; Ye, Rachel; Bay, Hamed Hosseini; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Ozkan, Cengiz S

    2015-03-05

    Highly monodisperse porous silicon nanospheres (MPSSs) are synthesized via a simple and scalable hydrolysis process with subsequent surface-protected magnesiothermic reduction. The spherical nature of the MPSSs allows for a homogenous stress-strain distribution within the structure during lithiation and delithiation, which dramatically improves the electrochemical stability. To fully extract the real performance of the MPSSs, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were added to enhance the electronic conductivity within the composite electrode structure, which has been verified to be an effective way to improve the rate and cycling performance of anodes based on nano-Si. The Li-ion battery (LIB) anodes based on MPSSs demonstrate a high reversible capacity of 3105 mAh g(-1). In particular, reversible Li storage capacities above 1500 mAh g(-1) were maintained after 500 cycles at a high rate of C/2. We believe this innovative approach for synthesizing porous Si-based LIB anode materials by using surface-protected magnesiothermic reduction can be readily applied to other types of SiOx nano/microstructures.

  18. Bulk and wetting phenomena in a colloidal mixture of hard spheres and platelets.

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    Harnau, L; Dietrich, S

    2005-01-01

    Density functional theory is used to study binary colloidal fluids consisting of hard spheres and thin platelets in their bulk and near a planar hard wall. This system exhibits liquid-liquid coexistence of a phase that is rich in spheres (poor in platelets) and a phase that is poor in spheres (rich in platelets). For the mixture near a planar hard wall, we find that the phase rich in spheres wets the wall completely upon approaching the liquid demixing binodal from the sphere-poor phase, provided the concentration of the platelets is smaller than a threshold value which marks a first-order wetting transition at coexistence. No layering transitions are found, in contrast to recent studies on binary mixtures of spheres and nonadsorbing polymers or thin hard rods.

  19. Hard-sphere kinetic models for inert and reactive mixtures

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    Polewczak, Jacek

    2016-10-01

    I consider stochastic variants of a simple reacting sphere (SRS) kinetic model (Xystris and Dahler 1978 J. Chem. Phys. 68 387-401, Qin and Dahler 1995 J. Chem. Phys. 103 725-50, Dahler and Qin 2003 J. Chem. Phys. 118 8396-404) for dense reacting mixtures. In contrast to the line-of-center models of chemical reactive models, in the SRS kinetic model, the microscopic reversibility (detailed balance) can be easily shown to be satisfied, and thus all mathematical aspects of the model can be fully justified. In the SRS model, the molecules behave as if they were single mass points with two internal states. Collisions may alter the internal states of the molecules, and this occurs when the kinetic energy associated with the reactive motion exceeds the activation energy. Reactive and non-reactive collision events are considered to be hard sphere-like. I consider a four component mixture A, B, A *, B *, in which the chemical reactions are of the type A+B\\rightleftharpoons {{A}\\ast}+{{B}\\ast} , with A * and B * being distinct species from A and B. This work extends the joined works with George Stell to the kinetic models of dense inert and reactive mixtures. The idea of introducing smearing-type effect in the collisional process results in a new class of stochastic kinetic models for both inert and reactive mixtures. In this paper the important new mathematical properties of such systems of kinetic equations are proven. The new results for stochastic revised Enskog system for inert mixtures are also provided.

  20. Flory-Huggins theory for athermal mixtures of hard spheres and larger flexible polymers

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    Sear, Richard P.

    2002-01-01

    A simple analytic theory for mixtures of hard spheres and larger polymers with excluded volume interactions is developed. The mixture is shown to exhibit extensive immiscibility. For large polymers with strong excluded volume interactions, the density of monomers at the critical point for demixing decreases as one over the square root of the length of the polymer, while the density of spheres tends to a constant. This is very different to the behaviour of mixtures of hard spheres and ideal po...

  1. Depletion effects in smectic phases of hard-rod-hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Martínez-Ratón, Y; Cinacchi, G; Velasco, E; Mederos, L

    2006-10-01

    It is known that when hard spheres are added to a pure system of hard rods the stability of the smectic phase may be greatly enhanced, and that this effect can be rationalised in terms of depletion forces. In the present paper we first study the effect of orientational order on depletion forces in this particular binary system, comparing our results with those obtained adopting the usual approximation of considering the rods parallel and their orientations frozen. We consider mixtures with rods of different aspect ratios and spheres of different diameters, and we treat them within Onsager theory. Our results indicate that depletion effects, and consequently smectic stability, decrease significantly as a result of orientational disorder in the smectic phase when compared with corresponding data based on the frozen-orientation approximation. These results are discussed in terms of the tau parameter, which has been proposed as a convenient measure of depletion strength. We present closed expressions for tau, and show that it is intimately connected with the depletion potential. We then analyse the effect of particle geometry by comparing results pertaining to systems of parallel rods of different shapes (spherocylinders, cylinders and parallelepipeds). We finally provide results based on the Zwanzig approximation of a fundamental-measure density-functional theory applied to mixtures of parallelepipeds and cubes of different sizes. In this case, we show that the tau parameter exhibits a linear asymptotic behaviour in the limit of large values of the hard-rod aspect ratio, in conformity with Onsager theory, as well as in the limit of large values of the ratio of rod breadth to cube side length, d, in contrast to Onsager approximation, which predicts tau approximately d (3). Based on both this result and the Percus-Yevick approximation for the direct correlation function for a hard-sphere binary mixture in the same limit of infinite asymmetry, we speculate that, for

  2. The effect of rotational and translational energy exchange on tracer diffusion in rough hard sphere fluids.

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    Kravchenko, Olga; Thachuk, Mark

    2011-03-21

    A study is presented of tracer diffusion in a rough hard sphere fluid. Unlike smooth hard spheres, collisions between rough hard spheres can exchange rotational and translational energy and momentum. It is expected that as tracer particles become larger, their diffusion constants will tend toward the Stokes-Einstein hydrodynamic result. It has already been shown that in this limit, smooth hard spheres adopt "slip" boundary conditions. The current results show that rough hard spheres adopt boundary conditions proportional to the degree of translational-rotational energy exchange. Spheres for which this exchange is the largest adopt "stick" boundary conditions while those with more intermediate exchange adopt values between the "slip" and "stick" limits. This dependence is found to be almost linear. As well, changes in the diffusion constants as a function of this exchange are examined and it is found that the dependence is stronger than that suggested by the low-density, Boltzmann result. Compared with smooth hard spheres, real molecules undergo inelastic collisions and have attractive wells. Rough hard spheres model the effect of inelasticity and show that even without the presence of attractive forces, the boundary conditions for large particles can deviate from "slip" and approach "stick."

  3. A CONTINUUM HARD-SPHERE MODEL OF PROTEIN ADSORPTION.

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    Finch, Craig; Clarke, Thomas; Hickman, James J

    2013-07-01

    Protein adsorption plays a significant role in biological phenomena such as cell-surface interactions and the coagulation of blood. Two-dimensional random sequential adsorption (RSA) models are widely used to model the adsorption of proteins on solid surfaces. Continuum equations have been developed so that the results of RSA simulations can be used to predict the kinetics of adsorption. Recently, Brownian dynamics simulations have become popular for modeling protein adsorption. In this work a continuum model was developed to allow the results from a Brownian dynamics simulation to be used as the boundary condition in a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. Brownian dynamics simulations were used to model the diffusive transport of hard-sphere particles in a liquid and the adsorption of the particles onto a solid surface. The configuration of the adsorbed particles was analyzed to quantify the chemical potential near the surface, which was found to be a function of the distance from the surface and the fractional surface coverage. The near-surface chemical potential was used to derive a continuum model of adsorption that incorporates the results from the Brownian dynamics simulations. The equations of the continuum model were discretized and coupled to a CFD simulation of diffusive transport to the surface. The kinetics of adsorption predicted by the continuum model closely matched the results from the Brownian dynamics simulation. This new model allows the results from mesoscale simulations to be incorporated into micro- or macro-scale CFD transport simulations of protein adsorption in practical devices.

  4. Avalanches mediate crystallization in a hard-sphere glass.

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    Sanz, Eduardo; Valeriani, Chantal; Zaccarelli, Emanuela; Poon, Wilson C K; Cates, Michael E; Pusey, Peter N

    2014-01-07

    By molecular-dynamics simulations, we have studied the devitrification (or crystallization) of aged hard-sphere glasses. First, we find that the dynamics of the particles are intermittent: Quiescent periods, when the particles simply "rattle" in their nearest-neighbor cages, are interrupted by abrupt "avalanches," where a subset of particles undergo large rearrangements. Second, we find that crystallization is associated with these avalanches but that the connection is not straightforward. The amount of crystal in the system increases during an avalanche, but most of the particles that become crystalline are different from those involved in the avalanche. Third, the occurrence of the avalanches is a largely stochastic process. Randomizing the velocities of the particles at any time during the simulation leads to a different subsequent series of avalanches. The spatial distribution of avalanching particles appears random, although correlations are found among avalanche initiation events. By contrast, we find that crystallization tends to take place in regions that already show incipient local order.

  5. Statistical measure of complexity of hard-sphere gas: applications to nuclear matter

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    Moustakidis, Ch. C.; Chatzisavvas, K. Ch.; Nikolaidis, N. S.; Panos, C. P.

    2010-01-01

    We apply the statistical measure of complexity, introduced by L\\'{o}pez-Ruiz, Mancini and Calbet to a hard-sphere dilute Fermi gas whose particles interact via a repulsive hard-core potential. We employ the momentum distribution of this system to calculate the information entropy, the disequilibrium and the statistical complexity. We examine possible connections between the particle correlations and energy of the system with those information and complexity measures. The hard-sphere model ser...

  6. Crystal nucleation of hard spheres using molecular dynamics, umbrella sampling, and forward flux sampling: a comparison of simulation techniques.

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    Filion, L; Hermes, M; Ni, R; Dijkstra, M

    2010-12-28

    Over the last number of years several simulation methods have been introduced to study rare events such as nucleation. In this paper we examine the crystal nucleation rate of hard spheres using three such numerical techniques: molecular dynamics, forward flux sampling, and a Bennett-Chandler-type theory where the nucleation barrier is determined using umbrella sampling simulations. The resulting nucleation rates are compared with the experimental rates of Harland and van Megen [Phys. Rev. E 55, 3054 (1997)], Sinn et al. [Prog. Colloid Polym. Sci. 118, 266 (2001)], Schätzel and Ackerson [Phys. Rev. E 48, 3766 (1993)], and the predicted rates for monodisperse and 5% polydisperse hard spheres of Auer and Frenkel [Nature 409, 1020 (2001)]. When the rates are examined in units of the long-time diffusion coefficient, we find agreement between all the theoretically predicted nucleation rates, however, the experimental results display a markedly different behavior for low supersaturation. Additionally, we examined the precritical nuclei arising in the molecular dynamics, forward flux sampling, and umbrella sampling simulations. The structure of the nuclei appears independent of the simulation method, and in all cases, the nuclei contains on average significantly more face-centered-cubic ordered particles than hexagonal-close-packed ordered particles.

  7. Density functional approximation for van der Waals fluids: based on hard sphere density functional approximation

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    Zhou Shi-Qi

    2007-01-01

    A universal theoretical approach is proposed which enables all hard sphere density functional approximations(DFAs) applicable to van der Waals fluids. The resultant DFA obtained by combining the universal theoretical approach with any hard sphere DFAs only needs as input a second-order direct correlation function (DCF) of a coexistence bulk fluid, and is applicable in both supercritical and subcritical temperature regions. The associated effective hard sphere density can be specified by a hard wall sum rule. It is indicated that the value of the effective hard sphere density so determined can be universal, i.e. can be applied to any external potentials different from the single hard wall. As an illustrating example, the universal theoretical approach is combined with a hard sphere bridge DFA to predict the density profile of a hard core attractive Yukawa model fluid influenced by diverse external fields; agreement between the present formalism's predictions and the corresponding simulation data is good or at least comparable to several previous DFT approaches. The primary advantage of the present theoretical approach combined with other hard sphere DFAs is discussed.

  8. Tunable long range forces mediated by self-propelled colloidal hard spheres

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    Ni, R.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Bolhuis, P.G.

    2015-01-01

    Using Brownian dynamics simulations, we systematically study the effective interaction between two parallel hard walls in a 2D suspension of self-propelled (active) colloidal hard spheres, and we find that the effective force between two hard walls can be tuned from a long range repulsion into a lon

  9. Using compressibility factor as a predictor of confined hard-sphere fluid dynamics

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    Mittal, Jeetain

    2009-01-01

    We study the correlations between the diffusivity (or viscosity) and the compressibility factor of bulk hard-sphere fluid as predicted by the ultralocal limit of the barrier hopping theory. Our specific aim is to determine if these correlations observed in the bulk equilibrium hard-sphere fluid can be used to predict the self-diffusivity of fluid confined between a slit-pore or a rectangular channel. In this work, we consider a single-component and a binary mixture of hard spheres. To represe...

  10. Physics of Hard Spheres Experiment: Significant and Quantitative Findings Made

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    Doherty, Michael P.

    2000-01-01

    Direct examination of atomic interactions is difficult. One powerful approach to visualizing atomic interactions is to study near-index-matched colloidal dispersions of microscopic plastic spheres, which can be probed by visible light. Such spheres interact through hydrodynamic and Brownian forces, but they feel no direct force before an infinite repulsion at contact. Through the microgravity flight of the Physics of Hard Spheres Experiment (PHaSE), researchers have sought a more complete understanding of the entropically driven disorder-order transition in hard-sphere colloidal dispersions. The experiment was conceived by Professors Paul M. Chaikin and William B. Russel of Princeton University. Microgravity was required because, on Earth, index-matched colloidal dispersions often cannot be density matched, resulting in significant settling over the crystallization period. This settling makes them a poor model of the equilibrium atomic system, where the effect of gravity is truly negligible. For this purpose, a customized light-scattering instrument was designed, built, and flown by the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field on the space shuttle (shuttle missions STS 83 and STS 94). This instrument performed both static and dynamic light scattering, with sample oscillation for determining rheological properties. Scattered light from a 532- nm laser was recorded either by a 10-bit charge-coupled discharge (CCD) camera from a concentric screen covering angles of 0 to 60 or by sensitive avalanche photodiode detectors, which convert the photons into binary data from which two correlators compute autocorrelation functions. The sample cell was driven by a direct-current servomotor to allow sinusoidal oscillation for the measurement of rheological properties. Significant microgravity research findings include the observation of beautiful dendritic crystals, the crystallization of a "glassy phase" sample in microgravity that did not crystallize for over 1 year in 1g

  11. Orientational ordering and phase behaviour of binary mixtures of hard spheres and hard spherocylinders.

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    Wu, Liang; Malijevský, Alexandr; Jackson, George; Müller, Erich A; Avendaño, Carlos

    2015-07-28

    We study the structure and fluid-phase behaviour of binary mixtures of hard spheres (HSs) and hard spherocylinders (HSCs) in isotropic and nematic states using the NPnAT ensemble Monte Carlo (MC) approach in which the normal component of the pressure tensor is fixed in a system confined between two hard walls. The method allows one to estimate the location of the isotropic-nematic phase transition and to observe the asymmetry in the composition between the coexisting phases, with the expected enhancement of the HSC concentration in the nematic phase. This is in stark contrast with the previously reported MC simulations where a conventional isotropic NPT ensemble was used. We further compare the simulation results with the theoretical predictions of two analytic theories that extend the original Parsons-Lee theory using the one-fluid and the many-fluid approximations [Malijevský et al., J. Chem. Phys. 129, 144504 (2008)]. In the one-fluid version of the theory, the properties of the mixture are related to an effective one-component HS system, while in the many-fluid theory, the components of the mixtures are represented as separate effective HS particles. The comparison reveals that both the one- and the many-fluid approaches provide a reasonably accurate quantitative description of the mixture including the predictions of the isotropic-nematic phase boundary and degree of orientational order of the HSC-HS mixture.

  12. Anisotropic pair correlations in binary and multicomponent hard-sphere mixtures in the vicinity of a hard wall: A combined density functional theory and simulation study

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    Härtel, Andreas; Kohl, Matthias; Schmiedeberg, Michael

    2015-10-01

    The fundamental measure approach to classical density functional theory has been shown to be a powerful tool to predict various thermodynamic properties of hard-sphere systems. We employ this approach to determine not only one-particle densities but also two-particle correlations in binary and six-component mixtures of hard spheres in the vicinity of a hard wall. The broken isotropy enables us to carefully test a large variety of theoretically predicted two-particle features by quantitatively comparing them to the results of Brownian dynamics simulations. Specifically, we determine and compare the one-particle density, the total correlation functions, their contact values, and the force distributions acting on a particle. For this purpose, we follow the compressibility route and theoretically calculate the direct correlation functions by taking functional derivatives. We usually observe an excellent agreement between theory and simulations, except for small deviations in cases where local crystal-like order sets in. Our results set the course for further investigations on the consistency of functionals as well as for structural analysis on, e.g., the primitive model. In addition, we demonstrate that due to the suppression of local crystallization, the predictions of six-component mixtures are better than those in bidisperse or monodisperse systems. Finally, we are confident that our results of the structural modulations induced by the wall lead to a deeper understanding of ordering in anisotropic systems in general, the onset of heterogeneous crystallization, caging effects, and glassy dynamics close to a wall, as well as structural properties in systems with confinement.

  13. Thermodynamic and hydrodynamic interaction in concentrated microgel suspensions: Hard or soft sphere behavior?

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    Eckert, Thomas; Richtering, Walter

    2008-09-28

    The colloidal phase behavior, structure factors, short-time collective diffusion coefficients, and hydrodynamic interactions of concentrated poly(N-isopropylacryamide) (PNiPAM) microgels in dimethylformamide suspensions were measured with simultaneous static and dynamic three-dimensional cross-correlated light scattering. The data are interpreted through comparison with hard sphere theory. The fluid-crystal transition and the static structure factors can be described consistently by the hard sphere approximation. On the other hand, collective diffusion and hydrodynamic interaction cannot be described satisfactorily by the hard sphere model. The microgel structure is different from hard spheres, as the cross-link density decreases with the distance from the particle center leading to a "fuzzy" particle surface with dangling polymer chains. These seem to affect the hydrodynamic interaction much more as compared to direct thermodynamic interaction.

  14. Theory of asymmetric non-additive binary hard-sphere mixtures

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    Roth, R.; Evans, R.; Louis, A. A.

    2001-01-01

    We show that the formal procedure of integrating out the degrees of freedom of the small spheres in a binary hard-sphere mixture works equally well for non-additive as it does for additive mixtures. For highly asymmetric mixtures (small size ratios) the resulting effective Hamiltonian of the one-component fluid of big spheres, which consists of an infinite number of many-body interactions, should be accurately approximated by truncating after the term describing the effective pair interaction...

  15. Equation of state for hard sphere fluids offering accurate virial coefficients

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    Tian, Jianxiang; Gui, Yuanxing; Mulero, A

    2016-01-01

    The asymptotic expansion method is extended by using currently available accurate values for the first ten virial coefficients for hard sphere fluids. It is then used to yield an equation of state for hard sphere fluids, which accurately represents the currently accepted values for the first sixteen virial coefficients and compressibility factor data in both the stable and the metastable regions of the phase diagram.

  16. Direct simulation of diatomic gases using the generalized hard sphere model

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    Hash, D. B.; Hassan, H. A.

    1993-01-01

    The generalized hard sphere model which incorporates the effects of attraction and repulsion is used to predict flow measurements in tests involving extremely low freestream temperatures. For the two cases considered, a Mach 26 nitrogen shock and a Mach 20 nitrogen flow over a flat place, only rotational excitation is deemed important, and appropriate modifications for the Borgnakke-Larsen procedure are developed. In general, for the cases considered, the present model performed better than the variable hard sphere model.

  17. Stochastic Hard-Sphere Dynamics for Hydrodynamics of Non-Ideal Fluids

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    Donev, Aleksandar; Alder, Berni J.; Garcia, Alejandro L.

    2008-01-01

    A novel stochastic fluid model is proposed with non-ideal structure factor consistent with compressibility, and adjustable transport coefficients. This Stochastic Hard Sphere Dynamics (SHSD) algorithm is a modification of the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) algorithm and has several computational advantages over event-driven hard-sphere molecular dynamics. Surprisingly, SHSD results in an equation of state and pair correlation function identical to that of a deterministic Hamiltonian sys...

  18. Diffusion and structure of a quasi-one-dimensional hard-sphere fluid

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    Lin, Binhua; Lee, Ji Hwan; Cui, Bianxiao

    2001-03-01

    We report the results of an experimental study of a quasi-one-dimensional hard-sphere fluid. The system consists of uncharged Si colloidal spheres confined in long, uncorrelated 1D-channels whose narrow width forbids mutual passage of spheres along the channel. By tracking the trajectories of the spheres using digital video microscopy, we studied the diffusion and structure of the system as a function of the density of the fluid. Our results show that the behavior of the spheres in self-diffusion is changed gradually from Fickian to non-Fickian near the onset of the collision between the spheres, indicating the correlation between the collision of the hard-spheres and the change in diffusion mechanism. At high density, the self-part of the van Hove function of the system is no longer a Gaussian distribution but a Poisson distribution which can be interpreted using a hydrodynamic analysis for effective wall-drag effect. The pair distribution function of the system can be explained by an analytical expression for a 1D hard-sphere fluid [1]. [1] Y. Rosenfeld, M. Schmidt, H. Lowen and P. Tarazona, Phys. Rev. E 55, 4245 (1997).

  19. The influence of third-order interactions on the density profile of associating hard spheres

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    Henderson, D.; Sokolowski, S.; Zagorski, R.; Trokhymchuk, A.

    Canonical ensemble Monte Carlo simulations and the non-uniform Percus-Yevick (NPY) equation for the local density are used to study the influence of surface mediated thirdorder interactions on the adsorption of associating hard spheres on a hard wall. A comparison of the NPY density profiles with the computer simulations data indicates that this approximation predicts the fluid structure reasonably well.

  20. Hard, charged spheres in spherical pores. Grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo calculations

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    Sloth, Peter; Sørensen, T. S.

    1992-01-01

    A model consisting of hard charged spheres inside hard spherical pores is investigated by grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo calculations. It is found that the mean ionic density profiles in the pores are almost the same when the wall of the pore is moderately charged as when it is uncharged...

  1. Equilibrium Properties of Hard Sphere Fluid in Confined Geometries: a Density Functional Theory Study

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    李卫华; 诸蔚朝; 马红孺

    2003-01-01

    One component hard-sphere fluid confined in two planar hard walls is studied by means of density functional theory with Rosenfeld functional and molecular dynamics simulation. The validity of the Rosenfeld functional is examined. Chemical potential, grand potential and free energy as functions of the wall separation are obtained.

  2. Thermodynamic stability in elastic systems: Hard spheres embedded in a finite spherical elastic solid.

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    Solano-Altamirano, J M; Goldman, Saul

    2015-12-01

    We determined the total system elastic Helmholtz free energy, under the constraints of constant temperature and volume, for systems comprised of one or more perfectly bonded hard spherical inclusions (i.e. "hard spheres") embedded in a finite spherical elastic solid. Dirichlet boundary conditions were applied both at the surface(s) of the hard spheres, and at the outer surface of the elastic solid. The boundary conditions at the surface of the spheres were used to describe the rigid displacements of the spheres, relative to their initial location(s) in the unstressed initial state. These displacements, together with the initial positions, provided the final shape of the strained elastic solid. The boundary conditions at the outer surface of the elastic medium were used to ensure constancy of the system volume. We determined the strain and stress tensors numerically, using a method that combines the Neuber-Papkovich spherical harmonic decomposition, the Schwartz alternating method, and Least-squares for determining the spherical harmonic expansion coefficients. The total system elastic Helmholtz free energy was determined by numerically integrating the elastic Helmholtz free energy density over the volume of the elastic solid, either by a quadrature, or a Monte Carlo method, or both. Depending on the initial position of the hard sphere(s) (or equivalently, the shape of the un-deformed stress-free elastic solid), and the displacements, either stationary or non-stationary Helmholtz free energy minima were found. The non-stationary minima, which involved the hard spheres nearly in contact with one another, corresponded to lower Helmholtz free energies, than did the stationary minima, for which the hard spheres were further away from one another.

  3. Statistical measure of complexity of hard-sphere gas: applications to nuclear matter

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    Moustakidis, Ch C; Nikolaidis, N S; Panos, C P

    2010-01-01

    We apply the statistical measure of complexity, introduced by L\\'{o}pez-Ruiz, Mancini and Calbet to a hard-sphere dilute Fermi gas whose particles interact via a repulsive hard-core potential. We employ the momentum distribution of this system to calculate the information entropy, the disequilibrium and the statistical complexity. We examine possible connections between the particle correlations and energy of the system with those information and complexity measures. The hard-sphere model serves as a test bed for concepts about complexity.

  4. Hard-sphere and hard-disk freezing from the differential formulation of the generalized effective liquid approximation

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    Fernández Tejero, Carlos; Cuesta, J. A.

    1993-01-01

    We apply the differential formulation of the generalized effective liquid approximation to the study of hard-sphere and hard-disk freezing. We show that the thermodynamic properties of the solid phase are rather insensitive to the compressibility factor of the fluid phase used to map the solid onto the effective liquid. The solid-fluid coexistence data instead are quite dependent on the equation of state describing the fluid phase. Very accurate results, as compared with the simulation data, ...

  5. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: an analytical approach and application to amorphization.

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    Brouwers, H J H

    2007-10-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp) fraction of binary mixtures of amorphously packed spheres is recapitulated. Next, the packing of a binary mixture of hard spheres in randomly disordered cubic structures is analyzed, resulting in original analytical expressions for the unit cell volume and the packing fraction, and which are also valid for the other five crystal systems. The bimodal fcc lattice parameter appears to be in close agreement with empirical hard sphere data from literature, and this parameter could be used to distinguish the size mismatch effect from all other effects in distorted binary lattices of materials. Here, as a first model application, bimodal amorphous and crystalline fcc/bcc packing fractions are combined, yielding the optimum packing configuration, which depends on mixture composition and diameter ratio only. Maps of the closest packing mode are established and applied to colloidal mixtures of polydisperse spheres and to binary alloys of bcc, fcc, and hcp metals. The extensive comparison between the analytical expressions derived here and the published numerical and empirical data yields good agreement. Hence, it is seen that basic space-filling theories on "simple" noninteracting hard spheres are a valuable tool for the study of crystalline materials.

  6. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: An analytical approach and application to amorphization

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    Brouwers, H. J. H.

    2007-10-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp) fraction of binary mixtures of amorphously packed spheres is recapitulated. Next, the packing of a binary mixture of hard spheres in randomly disordered cubic structures is analyzed, resulting in original analytical expressions for the unit cell volume and the packing fraction, and which are also valid for the other five crystal systems. The bimodal fcc lattice parameter appears to be in close agreement with empirical hard sphere data from literature, and this parameter could be used to distinguish the size mismatch effect from all other effects in distorted binary lattices of materials. Here, as a first model application, bimodal amorphous and crystalline fcc/bcc packing fractions are combined, yielding the optimum packing configuration, which depends on mixture composition and diameter ratio only. Maps of the closest packing mode are established and applied to colloidal mixtures of polydisperse spheres and to binary alloys of bcc, fcc, and hcp metals. The extensive comparison between the analytical expressions derived here and the published numerical and empirical data yields good agreement. Hence, it is seen that basic space-filling theories on “simple” noninteracting hard spheres are a valuable tool for the study of crystalline materials.

  7. Influence of polydispersity on the critical parameters of an effective-potential model for asymmetric hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Largo, Julio; Wilding, Nigel B

    2006-03-01

    We report a Monte Carlo simulation study of the properties of highly asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures. This system is treated within an effective fluid approximation in which the large particles interact through a depletion potential [R. Roth, Phys. Rev. E 62 5360 (2000)] designed to capture the effects of a virtual sea of small particles. We generalize this depletion potential to include the effects of explicit size dispersity in the large particles and consider the case in which the particle diameters are distributed according to a Schulz form having a degree of polydispersity 14%. The resulting alteration (with respect to the monodisperse limit) of the metastable fluid-fluid critical point parameters is determined for two values of the ratio of the diameters of the small and large particles: q(triple bond)sigma(s)/(-)sigma(b)=0.1 and q=0.05. We find that the inclusion of polydispersity moves the critical point to lower reservoir volume fractions of the small particles and high volume fractions of the large ones. The estimated critical point parameters are found to be in good agreement with those predicted by a generalized corresponding states argument which provides a link to the known critical adhesion parameter of the adhesive hard-sphere model. Finite-size scaling estimates of the cluster percolation line in the one phase fluid region indicate that inclusion of polydispersity moves the critical point deeper into the percolating regime. This suggests that phase separation is more likely to be preempted by dynamical arrest in polydisperse systems.

  8. Static structural signatures of nearly jammed disordered and ordered hard-sphere packings: Direct correlation function

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    Atkinson, Steven; Stillinger, Frank H.; Torquato, Salvatore

    2016-09-01

    The nonequilibrium process by which hard-particle systems may be compressed into disordered, jammed states has received much attention because of its wide utility in describing a broad class of amorphous materials. While dynamical signatures are known to precede jamming, the task of identifying static structural signatures indicating the onset of jamming have proven more elusive. The observation that compressing hard-particle packings towards jamming is accompanied by an anomalous suppression of density fluctuations (termed "hyperuniformity") has paved the way for the analysis of jamming as an "inverted critical point" in which the direct correlation function c (r ) , rather than the total correlation function h (r ) , diverges. We expand on the notion that c (r ) provides both universal and protocol-specific information as packings approach jamming. By considering the degree and position of singularities (discontinuities in the n th derivative) as well as how they are changed by the convolutions found in the Ornstein-Zernike equation, we establish quantitative statements about the structure of c (r ) with regards to singularities it inherits from h (r ) . These relations provide a concrete means of identifying features that must be expressed in c (r ) if one hopes to reproduce various details in the pair correlation function accurately and provide stringent tests on the associated numerics. We also analyze the evolution of systems of three-dimensional monodisperse hard spheres of diameter D as they approach ordered and disordered jammed configurations. For the latter, we use the Lubachevsky-Stillinger (LS) molecular dynamics and Torquato-Jiao (TJ) sequential linear programming algorithms, which both generate disordered packings, but can show perceptible structural differences. We identify a short-ranged scaling c (r )∝-1 /r as r →0 that accompanies the formation of the delta function at c (D ) that indicates the formation of contacts in all cases, and show

  9. On the relation between virial coefficients and the close-packing of hard disks and hard spheres.

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    Maestre, Miguel Angel G; Santos, Andrés; Robles, Miguel; de Haro, Mariano López

    2011-02-28

    The question of whether the known virial coefficients are enough to determine the packing fraction η(∞) at which the fluid equation of state of a hard-sphere fluid diverges is addressed. It is found that the information derived from the direct Padé approximants to the compressibility factor constructed with the virial coefficients is inconclusive. An alternative approach is proposed which makes use of the same virial coefficients and of the equation of state in a form where the packing fraction is explicitly given as a function of the pressure. The results of this approach both for hard-disk and hard-sphere fluids, which can straightforwardly accommodate higher virial coefficients when available, lends support to the conjecture that η(∞) is equal to the maximum packing fraction corresponding to an ordered crystalline structure.

  10. Rheology and Structure of Concentrated Suspensions of Hard Spheres. Shear Induced Particle Migration

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    Mills, P.; Snabre, P.

    1995-10-01

    The apparent shear viscosity, in the non-Brownian limit, for a homogeneous suspension of monodispersed hard spheres in systems ranging from dilute to concentrated was previously established. From an estimation of the viscous dissipation. We use the inter-particle distance dependence of the shear viscosity for determining the components of a local stress tensor associated with the transient network of particles for the volume fraction above the percolation threshold. For this purpose, we develop a model based on lubrication forces between colliding particles for coupling the particle stress tensor to the stress tensor of the suspension considered as an effective medium. In the case of non-uniform flows with low shear rate regions, it is necessary to introduce a non-local stress tensor since the stress can be directly transmitted by the network of particles over a correlation length larger than the particle diameter. This approach shows ... A partir d'une estimation de la dissipation visqueuse, nous avons précedemment évalué la viscosité apparente de cisaillement des suspensions homogènes de sphères dures monodisperses et non Browniennes dans les systèmes dilués ou concentrés. Nos utilisons la dépendance de la viscosité de cisaillement avec la distance moyenne entre les particules pour déterminer les composantes d'un tenseur local de contraintes associé à l'amas transitoire de particlues au dessus de la fraction volumique critique de percolation. Nous developpons pour cela un modèle basé sur les forces de lubrification s'exerçant au cours des collisions entre les particules afin de coupler le tenseur local de contraintes associé aux particules et le tenseur des contraintes dans la suspension assimilée à un milieu effectif. Dans le cas des écoulements non uniformes présentant des zones de faible cisaillement, il est nécessaire de considérer un tenseur non local des contraintes car les forces peuvent alors se transmettre directement à travers l

  11. Flory-Huggins theory for athermal mixtures of hard spheres and larger flexible polymers.

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    Sear, Richard P

    2002-11-01

    A simple analytic theory for mixtures of hard spheres and larger polymers with excluded volume interactions is developed. The mixture is shown to exhibit extensive immiscibility. For large polymers with strong excluded volume interactions, the density of monomers at the critical point for demixing decreases as one over the square root of the length of the polymer, while the density of spheres tends to a constant. This is very different from the behavior of mixtures of hard spheres and ideal polymers, these mixtures, although even less miscible than those with polymers with excluded volume interactions, have a much higher polymer density at the critical point of demixing. The theory applies to the complete range of mixtures of spheres with flexible polymers, from those with strong excluded volume interactions to ideal polymers.

  12. Geometrical characteristics of the enlarged fused hard sphere models of simple molecules.

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    Boublík, Tomas

    2005-10-20

    The enlarged fused hard sphere model represents a compromise between fused hard sphere- and hard convex body models of repulsive interactions of nonspherical molecules. Geometric functionals of the enlarged fused hard sphere models, i.e., the hard body volume, surface area, and "mean radius" for 25 molecules of the linear and approximately planar shapes (cycloalkanes and aromatic compounds), neopentane and cyclohexane were determined from the bond lengths and bond angles and expressed in the dimensionless form. The hard sphere diameters, first approximated by the values found from the correlation of the second virial coefficients, were then adjusted to heats of vaporization of the studied compounds. Parameters of nonsphericity and molar volumes, evaluated from these characteristics, are compared with parameters of modern semiempirical equations of state (BACK, BACKONE, SAFT). The calculated geometric quantities for a series of compounds make it possible to improve methods of determining the characteristic parameters of the modern semiempirical equations of state, as well as those from the perturbation approaches.

  13. Clustering and gelation of hard spheres induced by the Pickering effect

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    Fortini, Andrea

    2012-04-01

    A mixture of hard-sphere particles and model emulsion droplets is studied with a Brownian dynamics simulation. We find that the addition of nonwetting emulsion droplets to a suspension of pure hard spheres can lead to both gas-liquid and fluid-solid phase separations. Furthermore, we find a stable fluid of hard-sphere clusters. The stability is due to the saturation of the attraction that occurs when the surface of the droplets is completely covered with colloidal particles. At larger emulsion droplet densities a percolation transition is observed. The resulting networks of colloidal particles show dynamical and mechanical properties typical of a colloidal gel. The results of the model are in good qualitative agreement with recent experimental findings [E. Koos and N. Willenbacher, ScienceSCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1199243 331, 897 (2011)] in a mixture of colloidal particles and two immiscible fluids.

  14. Solidification of a colloidal hard sphere like model system approaching and crossing the glass transition.

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    Franke, Markus; Golde, Sebastian; Schöpe, Hans Joachim

    2014-08-07

    We investigated the process of vitrification and crystallization in a model system of colloidal hard spheres. The kinetics of the solidification process was measured using time resolved static light scattering, while the time evolution of the dynamic properties was determined using time resolved dynamic light scattering. By performing further analysis we confirm that solidification of hard sphere colloids is mediated by precursors. Analyzing the dynamic properties we can show that the long time dynamics and thus the shear rigidity of the metastable melt is highly correlated with the number density of solid clusters (precursors) nucleated. In crystallization these objects convert into highly ordered crystals whereas in the case of vitrification this conversion is blocked and the system is (temporarily) locked in the metastable precursor state. From the early stages of solidification one cannot clearly conclude whether the melt will crystallize or vitrify. Furthermore our data suggests that colloidal hard sphere glasses can crystallize via homogeneous nucleation.

  15. Dynamical study of a polydisperse hard-sphere system

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    Nogawa, Tomoaki

    2010-08-10

    We study the interplay between the fluid-crystal transition and the glass transition of elastic sphere system with polydispersity using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that the end point of the crystal-fluid transition line, which corresponds to the critical polydispersity above which the crystal state is unstable, is on the glass transition line. This means that crystal and fluid states at the melting point becomes less distinguishable as polydispersity increases and finally they become identical state, i.e., marginal glass state, at critical polydispersity. © 2010 The American Physical Society.

  16. Kernels of the linear Boltzmann equation for spherical particles and rough hard sphere particles.

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    Khurana, Saheba; Thachuk, Mark

    2013-10-28

    Kernels for the collision integral of the linear Boltzmann equation are presented for several cases. First, a rigorous and complete derivation of the velocity kernel for spherical particles is given, along with reductions to the smooth, rigid sphere case. This combines and extends various derivations for this kernel which have appeared previously in the literature. In addition, the analogous kernel is derived for the rough hard sphere model, for which a dependence upon both velocity and angular velocity is required. This model can account for exchange between translational and rotational degrees of freedom. Finally, an approximation to the exact rough hard sphere kernel is presented which averages over the rotational degrees of freedom in the system. This results in a kernel depending only upon velocities which retains a memory of the exchange with rotational states. This kernel tends towards the smooth hard sphere kernel in the limit when translational-rotational energy exchange is attenuated. Comparisons are made between the smooth and approximate rough hard sphere kernels, including their dependence upon velocity and their eigenvalues.

  17. Stochastic interactions of two Brownian hard spheres in the presence of depletants

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    2014-06-07

    A quantitative analysis is presented for the stochastic interactions of a pair of Brownian hard spheres in non-adsorbing polymer solutions. The hard spheres are hypothetically trapped by optical tweezers and allowed for random motion near the trapped positions. The investigation focuses on the long-time correlated Brownian motion. The mobility tensor altered by the polymer depletion effect is computed by the boundary integral method, and the corresponding random displacement is determined by the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. From our computations it follows that the presence of depletion layers around the hard spheres has a significant effect on the hydrodynamic interactions and particle dynamics as compared to pure solvent and uniform polymer solution cases. The probability distribution functions of random walks of the two interacting hard spheres that are trapped clearly shift due to the polymer depletion effect. The results show that the reduction of the viscosity in the depletion layers around the spheres and the entropic force due to the overlapping of depletion zones have a significant influence on the correlated Brownian interactions.

  18. Statistical properties of two interacting soft spheres in a hard spherical pore

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    Kim, Soon-Chul

    2015-06-01

    The structure and thermodynamics of two soft spheres, whose interactions include the soft repulsion and attraction, confined in a hard spherical pore have been considered. The exact partition function, one-body density, and equation of state have been obtained using the Fourier transform method. The pore-size and potential dependence of the structural and thermodynamic properties have been investigated. The two penetrable square-well spheres shows a negative compressibility of the van der Waals type, which imitates the phase transition of many particle system. The van der Waals instability for two penetrable square-well spheres has been studied.

  19. Scalar fundamental measure theory for hard spheres in three dimensions. Application to hydrophobic solvation

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    Levesque, Maximilien; Borgis, Daniel; 10.1063/1.4734009

    2012-01-01

    Hard-sphere mixtures provide one a solvable reference system that can be used to improve the density functional theory of realistic molecular fluids. We show how the Kierlik-Rosinberg's scalar version of the fundamental measure density functional theory of hard spheres [Phys. Rev. A, {\\bf 42}, 3382 (1990)], which presents computational advantages with respect to the original Rosenfeld's vectorial formulation or its extensions, can be implemented and minimized in three dimensions to describe fluid mixtures in complex environments. This implementation is used as a basis for defining a molecular density functional theory of water around molecular hydrophobic solutes of arbitrary shape.

  20. Density Functional Theory Approach for Charged Hard Sphere Fluids Confined in Spherical Micro-Cavity

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    KANG Yan-Shuang; WANG Hai-Jun

    2009-01-01

    Within the framework of the density functional theory for classical fluids,the equilibrium density profiles of charged hard sphere fluid confined in micro-cavity are studied by means of the modified fundamental measure theory.The dimension of micro-cavity,the charge of hard sphere and the applied electric field are found to have significant effects on the density profiles.In particular,it is shown that Coulomb interaction,excluded volume interaction and applied electric Geld play the central role in controlling the aggregated structure of the system.

  1. Equation of state of non-additive $d$-dimensional hard-sphere mixtures

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    Santos, A.; de Haro, M. Lopez; Yuste, S. B.

    2004-01-01

    An equation of state for a multicomponent mixture of non-additive hard spheres in $d$ dimensions is proposed. It yields a rather simple density dependence and constitutes a natural extension of the equation of state for additive hard spheres proposed by us [A. Santos, S. B. Yuste, and M. L\\'opez de Haro, Mol. Phys. 96, 1 (1999)]. The proposal relies on the known exact second and third virial coefficients and requires as input the compressibility factor of the one-component system. A compariso...

  2. Scalar fundamental measure theory for hard spheres in three dimensions: application to hydrophobic solvation.

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    Levesque, Maximilien; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Borgis, Daniel

    2012-07-21

    Hard-sphere mixtures provide one a solvable reference system that can be used to improve the density functional theory of realistic molecular fluids. We show how the Kierlik-Rosinberg's scalar version of the fundamental measure density functional theory of hard spheres [E. Kierlik and M. L. Rosinberg, Phys. Rev. A 42, 3382 (1990)], which presents computational advantages with respect to the original Rosenfeld's vectorial formulation or its extensions, can be implemented and minimized in three dimensions to describe fluid mixtures in complex environments. This implementation is used as a basis for defining a molecular density functional theory of water around molecular hydrophobic solutes of arbitrary shape.

  3. Towards an analytical theory for charged hard spheres

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    Blum, L.; D.V.P.Veloz

    2007-01-01

    Ion mixtures require an exclusion core to avoid collapse. The Debye Hueckel theory, where ions are point charges, is accurate only in the limit of infinite dilution. The MSA is the embedding of hard cores into DH, is valid for higher densities. In the MSA the properties of any ionic mixture can be represented by a single screening parameter $\\Gamma$. For equal ionic size restricted model is obtained from the Debye parameter $\\kappa$. This one parameter representation (BIMSA) is valid for comp...

  4. Statistical Mechanics of Two Hard Spheres in a Spherical Pore, Exact Analytic Results in D Dimension

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    Urrutia, Ignacio; Szybisz, Leszek

    2009-01-01

    This work is devoted to the exact statistical mechanics treatment of simple inhomogeneous few-body systems. The system of two Hard Spheres (HS) confined in a hard spherical pore is systematically analyzed in terms of its dimensionality >. The canonical partition function, and the one- and two-body distribution functions are analytically evaluated and a scheme of iterative construction of the system properties is presented. We analyse in detail both the effect of high confinement, when particl...

  5. Mixtures of Hard Ellipsoids and Spheres: Stability of the Nematic Phase

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    Alvarez, Carlos E.; Mazars, Martial

    2014-01-01

    The stability of liquid crystal phases in presence of small amount of non-mesogenic impurities is of general interest for a large spectrum of technological applications and in the theories of binary mixtures. Starting from the known phase diagram of the hard ellipsoids systems, we propose a simple model and method to explore the stability of the nematic phase in presence of small impurities represented by hard spheres. The study is performed in the isobaric ensemble with Monte Carlo simulations.

  6. Excluded-volume effects in the diffusion of hard spheres

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    Bruna, Maria

    2012-01-03

    Excluded-volume effects can play an important role in determining transport properties in diffusion of particles. Here, the diffusion of finite-sized hard-core interacting particles in two or three dimensions is considered systematically using the method of matched asymptotic expansions. The result is a nonlinear diffusion equation for the one-particle distribution function, with excluded-volume effects enhancing the overall collective diffusion rate. An expression for the effective (collective) diffusion coefficient is obtained. Stochastic simulations of the full particle system are shown to compare well with the solution of this equation for two examples. © 2012 American Physical Society.

  7. Hard-sphere fluids inside spherical, hard pores. Grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo calculations and integral equation approximations

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    Sloth, Peter

    1990-01-01

    Density profiles and partition coefficients are obtained for hard-sphere fluids inside hard, spherical pores of different sizes by grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo calculations. The Monte Carlo results are compared to the results obtained by application of different kinds of integral equation...... approximations. Also, some exact, analytical results for the partition coefficients are given, which are valid in the case of (very) small pores or at low density, respectively. The Journal of Chemical Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  8. Stability of LS and LS2 crystal structures in binary mixtures of hard and charged spheres.

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    Hynninen, A-P; Filion, L; Dijkstra, M

    2009-08-14

    We study by computer simulations the stability of various crystal structures in a binary mixture of large and small spheres interacting either with a hard sphere or a screened-Coulomb potential. In the case of hard-core systems, we consider structures that have atomic prototypes CrB, gammaCuTi, alphaIrV, HgBr2, AuTe2, Ag2Se and the Laves phases (MgCu2, MgNi2, and MgZn2) as well as a structure with space group symmetry 74. By utilizing Monte Carlo simulations to calculate Gibbs free energies, we determine composition versus pressure and constant volume phase diagrams for diameter ratios of q=0.74, 0.76, 0.8, 0.82, 0.84, and 0.85 for the small and large spheres. For diameter ratios 0.76 mixture. By extrapolating to the thermodynamic limit, we show that the MgZn2 structure is the most stable one of the Laves structures. We also calculate phase diagrams for equally and oppositely charged spheres for size ratio of 0.73 taking into consideration the Laves phases and CsCl. In the case of equally charged spheres, we find a pocket of stable Laves phases, while in the case of oppositely charged spheres, Laves phases are found to be metastable with respect to the CsCl and fluid phases.

  9. Solid–liquid interfacial free energy of small colloidal hard-sphere crystals

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    Cacciuto, A.; Auer, S.; Frenkel, D.

    2003-01-01

    Using free-energy calculations on small crystalline clusters, we estimate the free-energy density γSL for the solid–liquid equimolar interface of a system of hard-sphere colloids. By studying the behavior of a crystallite at coexistence, we determine the dependence of γSL on the radius of curvature

  10. Packing fraction of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: a general equation and application to amorphization

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    Brouwers, H.J.H.

    2008-01-01

    In a previous paper analytical equations were derived for the packing fraction of crystalline structures consisting of bimodal randomly placed hard spheres H. J. H. Brouwers, Phys. Rev. E 76, 041304 2007. The bimodal packing fraction was derived for the three crystalline cubic systems: viz., face-ce

  11. The interplay of sedimentation and crystallization in hard-sphere suspensions

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    Russo, J.; Maggs, A.C.; Bonn, D.; Tanaka, H.

    2013-01-01

    We study crystal nucleation under the influence of sedimentation in a model of colloidal hard spheres via Brownian dynamics simulations. We introduce two external fields acting on the colloidal fluid: a uniform gravitational field (body force), and a surface field imposed by pinning a layer of equil

  12. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: An analytical approach and application to amorphization

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    Brouwers, H.J.H.

    2007-01-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp) fracti

  13. Slanted stacking faults and persistent face centered cubic crystal growth in sedimentary colloidal hard sphere crystals

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    Hilhorst, J.; Wolters, J. R.; Petukhov, A.V.

    2010-01-01

    Hard sphere crystal growth is a delicate interplay between kinetics and thermodynamics, where the former is commonly thought to favour a random hexagonal close packed structure and the latter leads to a face centered cubic crystal. In this article, we discuss the influence of slanted stacking faults

  14. Molecular-scale hydrophobic interactions between hard-sphere reference solutes are attractive and endothermic

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    Chaudhari, Mangesh I.; Holleran, Sinead A.; Ashbaugh, Henry S.; Pratt, Lawrence R.

    2013-01-01

    The osmotic second virial coefficients, B2, for atomic-sized hard spheres in water are attractive (B2 statistical mechanical theory. These results constitute an initial step toward detailed molecular theory of additional intermolecular interaction features, specifically, attractive interactions associated with hydrophobic solutes. PMID:24297918

  15. New Closed Virial Equation of State for Hard-Sphere Fluids

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    Tian, Jianxiang; Mulero, Angel

    2016-01-01

    A new closed virial equation of state of hard-sphere fluids is proposed which reproduces the calculated or estimated values of the first sixteen virial coefficients at the same time as giving very good accuracy when compared with computer simulation data for the compressibility factor over the entire fluid range, and having a pole at the correct closest packing density.

  16. Note: equation of state and the freezing point in the hard-sphere model.

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    Robles, Miguel; López de Haro, Mariano; Santos, Andrés

    2014-04-07

    The merits of different analytical equations of state for the hard-sphere system with respect to the recently computed high-accuracy value of the freezing-point packing fraction are assessed. It is found that the Carnahan-Starling-Kolafa and the branch-point approximant equations of state yield the best performance.

  17. The isotropic-nematic phase transition of tangent hard-sphere chain fluids—Pure components

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    Van Westen, T.; Oyarzun, B.; Vlugt, T.J.H.; Gross, J.

    2013-01-01

    An extension of Onsager's second virial theory is developed to describe the isotropic-nematic phase transition of tangent hard-sphere chain fluids. Flexibility is introduced by the rod-coil model. The effect of chain-flexibility on the second virial coefficient is described using an accurate, analyt

  18. Equilibrium structure of the multi-component screened charged hard-sphere fluid.

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    Sánchez-Díaz, Luis E; Mendez-Maldonado, Gloria A; González-Melchor, Minerva; Ruiz-Estrada, Honorina; Medina-Noyola, Magdaleno

    2011-07-07

    The generalized mean spherical approximation of the structural properties of the binary charge-symmetric fluid of screened charged hard-spheres of the same diameter, i.e., the screened restricted primitive model, is extended to include binary charge-asymmetric and multi-component fluids. Molecular dynamics simulation data are generated to assess the accuracy of the corresponding theoretical predictions.

  19. Concentrated, polydisperse solutions of colloidal particles. Light scattering and sedimentation of hard-sphere mixture

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    Vrij, A.

    1982-01-01

    The usefulness of the hard-sphere model in characterizing polydispersity in concentrated colloidal solutions is stressed. A recently derived equation for (∂ρi/∂μj)μ is used to give a simpler route for application to light scattering and sedimentation in multicomponent and polydisperse systems. Some

  20. Structural analysis of liquid aluminum at high pressure and high temperature using the hard sphere model

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    Ikuta, Daijo; Kono, Yoshio; Shen, Guoyin

    2016-10-01

    The structure of liquid aluminum is measured up to 6.9 GPa and 1773 K using a multi-angle energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction method in a Paris-Edinburgh press. The effect of pressure and temperature on the structure and density of liquid aluminum is analyzed by means of the hard sphere model. Peak positions in the structure factor of liquid aluminum show a nearly constant value with varying temperatures at ˜1-2 GPa and slightly change with varying pressures up to 6.9 GPa at 1173-1773 K. In contrast, the height of the first peak in the structure factor significantly changes with varying pressures and temperatures. Hard sphere model analysis shows that the structure of liquid aluminum in the pressure-temperature range of this study is controlled mostly by the packing fraction with only a minor change in hard sphere diameters. The obtained packing fractions and hard sphere diameters are used to calculate densities of liquid aluminum at high pressure-temperature conditions.

  1. Potential energy landscape and inherent dynamics of a hard-sphere fluid.

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    Ma, Qingqing; Stratt, Richard M

    2014-10-01

    Hard-sphere models exhibit many of the same kinds of supercooled-liquid behavior as more realistic models of liquids, but the highly nonanalytic character of their potentials makes it a challenge to think of that behavior in potential energy landscape terms. We show here that it is possible to calculate an important topological property of hard-sphere landscapes, the geodesic pathways through those landscapes, and to do so without artificially coarse-graining or softening the potential. We show, moreover, that the rapid growth of the lengths of those pathways with increasing packing fraction quantitatively predicts the precipitous decline in diffusion constants in a glass-forming hard-sphere mixture model. The geodesic paths themselves can be considered as defining the intrinsic dynamics of hard spheres, so it is also revealing to find that they (and therefore the features of the underlying potential energy landscape) correctly predict the occurrence of dynamic heterogeneity and nonzero values of the non-Gaussian parameter. The success of these landscape predictions for the dynamics of such a singular model emphasizes that there is more to potential energy landscapes than is revealed by looking at the minima and saddle points.

  2. Monte Carlo simulations of in-plane stacking disorder in hard-sphere crystals

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    Miedema, P.S.; de Villeneuve, V.W.A.; Petukhov, A.V.

    2008-01-01

    On-lattice Monte Carlo simulations of colloidal random-stacking hard-sphere colloidal crystals are presented. The model yields close-packed crystals with random-stacking hexagonal structure. We find a significant amount of in-plane stacking disorder, which slowly anneals in the course of the simulat

  3. Experimental Investigation of Fully Plastic Contact of a Sphere Against a Hard Flat

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    Jamari, J.; Schipper, D.J.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we report the experimental investigation to evaluate the published models for the contact of a deformable sphere against a hard flat in the fully plastic contact regime. A new measurement method has been used to measure the contact area. The behavior of the mean contact pressure and th

  4. Direct observation of dynamical heterogeneities in colloidal hard-sphere suspensions

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    Kegel, W.K.; Blaaderen, A. van

    2000-01-01

    The real-space dynamics in a model system of colloidal hard spheres was studied by means of time-resolved ßuorescence confocal scanning microscopy. Direct experimental evidence for the presence of dynamical heterogeneities in a dense liquid was obtained from an analysis of particle trajectories in t

  5. Simple effective rule to estimate the jamming packing fraction of polydisperse hard spheres

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    Santos, A.; Yuste, S.B.; Lopèz de Haro, M.; Odriozola, G.; Ogarko, V.

    2014-01-01

    A recent proposal in which the equation of state of a polydisperse hard-sphere mixture is mapped onto that of the one-component fluid is extrapolated beyond the freezing point to estimate the jamming packing fraction ϕJ of the polydisperse system as a simple function of M1M3/M22, where Mk is the kth

  6. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: an analytical approach and application to amorphisation

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    Brouwers, Jos

    2007-01-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp)

  7. Interpretation of the complex viscosity of dense hard-sphere dispersions

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    Mellema, J.; Werff, van der J.C.; Blom, C.; Kruif, de C.G.

    1989-01-01

    The complex viscosity of dense hard-sphere dispersions has been determined recently over a large frequency range. If conceived as a homogeneous system with continuously distributed elasticity and viscosity, the complex viscosity can be described theoretically with a constant relaxation strength and

  8. Monte Carlo methods for estimating depletion potentials in highly size-asymmetrical hard sphere mixtures.

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    Ashton, D J; Sánchez-Gil, V; Wilding, N B

    2013-10-14

    We investigate Monte Carlo simulation strategies for determining the effective ("depletion") potential between a pair of hard spheres immersed in a dense sea of much smaller hard spheres. Two routes to the depletion potential are considered. The first is based on estimates of the insertion probability of one big sphere in the presence of the other; we describe and compare three such methods. The second route exploits collective (cluster) updating to sample the depletion potential as a function of the separation of the big particles; we describe two such methods. For both routes, we find that the sampling efficiency at high densities of small particles can be enhanced considerably by exploiting "geometrical shortcuts" that focus the computational effort on a subset of small particles. All the methods we describe are readily extendable to particles interacting via arbitrary potentials.

  9. Towards an analytical theory for charged hard spheres

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    L.Blum

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Ion mixtures require an exclusion core to avoid collapse. The Debye Hueckel (DH theory, where ions are point charges, is accurate only in the limit of infinite dilution. The mean spherical approximation (MSA is the embedding of hard cores into DH, and is valid for higher densities. The properties of any ionic mixture can be represented by the single screening parameter Γ which for the equal ionic size restricted model is obtained from the Debye parameter κ. This Γ representation, the binding mean spherical approximation (BIMSA, is also valid for complex/associating systems, such as the general n-polyelectrolytes. The BIMSA is the only theory that satisfies the infinite dilution limit of the DH theory for any chain length. Furthermore, the contact pair distribution function calculated from our theory agrees with the Monte Carlo of Bresmeea. (Phys. Rev. E, 1995, 51, 289.

  10. A computer simulation investigation into the stability of the AB2 superlattice in a binary hard sphere system

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    Eldridge, M.D.; Madden, P.A.; Frenkel, D.

    1993-01-01

    The thermodynamic stability of the binary hard-sphere AB2 superlattice structure has been confirmed by means of computer simulations. This is consistent with the results of experimental studies of suspensions of hard-sphere colloidal particles. A fit of the Helmholtz free energy surface for the regi

  11. Isotropic-nematic phase equilibria of hard-sphere chain fluids—Pure components and binary mixtures

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    Oyarzun, B.; Van Westen, T.; Vlugt, T.J.H.

    2015-01-01

    The isotropic-nematic phase equilibria of linear hard-sphere chains and binary mixtures of them are obtained from Monte Carlo simulations. In addition, the infinite dilution solubility of hard spheres in the coexisting isotropic and nematic phases is determined. Phase equilibria calculations are

  12. Radial distribution function for hard spheres in fractal dimensions. A heuristic approximation

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    Santos, Andrés

    2016-01-01

    Analytic approximations for the radial distribution function, the structure factor, and the equation of state of hard-core fluids in fractal dimension $d$ ($1 \\leq d \\leq 3$) are developed as heuristic interpolations from the knowledge of the exact and Percus-Yevick results for the hard-rod and hard-sphere fluids, respectively. In order to assess their value, such approximate results are compared with those of recent Monte Carlo simulations and numerical solutions of the Percus-Yevick equation for fractal dimension [M. Heinen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. \\textbf{115}, 097801 (2015)], a good agreement being observed.

  13. Hard sphere-like glass transition in eye lens α-crystallin solutions.

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    Foffi, Giuseppe; Savin, Gabriela; Bucciarelli, Saskia; Dorsaz, Nicolas; Thurston, George M; Stradner, Anna; Schurtenberger, Peter

    2014-11-25

    We study the equilibrium liquid structure and dynamics of dilute and concentrated bovine eye lens α-crystallin solutions, using small-angle X-ray scattering, static and dynamic light scattering, viscometry, molecular dynamics simulations, and mode-coupling theory. We find that a polydisperse Percus-Yevick hard-sphere liquid-structure model accurately reproduces both static light scattering data and small-angle X-ray scattering liquid structure data from α-crystallin solutions over an extended range of protein concentrations up to 290 mg/mL or 49% vol fraction and up to ca. 330 mg/mL for static light scattering. The measured dynamic light scattering and viscosity properties are also consistent with those of hard-sphere colloids and show power laws characteristic of an approach toward a glass transition at α-crystallin volume fractions near 58%. Dynamic light scattering at a volume fraction beyond the glass transition indicates formation of an arrested state. We further perform event-driven molecular dynamics simulations of polydisperse hard-sphere systems and use mode-coupling theory to compare the measured dynamic power laws with those of hard-sphere models. The static and dynamic data, simulations, and analysis show that aqueous eye lens α-crystallin solutions exhibit a glass transition at high concentrations that is similar to those found in hard-sphere colloidal systems. The α-crystallin glass transition could have implications for the molecular basis of presbyopia and the kinetics of molecular change during cataractogenesis.

  14. Density functional theory for colloidal mixtures of hard platelets, rods, and spheres.

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    Esztermann, Ansgar; Reich, Hendrik; Schmidt, Matthias

    2006-01-01

    A geometry-based density-functional theory is presented for mixtures of hard spheres, hard needles, and hard platelets; both the needles and platelets are taken to be of vanishing thickness. Geometrical weight functions that are characteristic for each species are given, and it is shown how convolutions of pairs of weight functions recover each Mayer bond of the ternary mixture and hence ensure the correct second virial expansion of the excess free-energy functional. The case of sphere-platelet overlap relies on the same approximation as does Rosenfeld's functional for strictly two-dimensional hard disks. We explicitly control contributions to the excess free energy that are of third order in density. Analytic expressions relevant for the application of the theory to states with planar translational and cylindrical rotational symmetry--e.g., to describe behavior at planar smooth walls--are given. For binary sphere-platelet mixtures, in the appropriate limit of small platelet densities, the theory differs from that used in a recent treatment [L. Harnau and S. Dietrich, Phys. Rev. E 71, 011504 (2004)]. As a test case of our approach we consider the isotropic-nematic bulk transition of pure hard platelets, which we find to be weakly first order, with values for the coexistence densities and the nematic order parameter that compare well with simulation results.

  15. Phase diagram of mixtures of hard colloidal spheres and discs: A free-volume scaled-particle approach

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    Lekkerkerker, H. N. W.; Oversteegen, S.M.

    2004-01-01

    Phase diagrams of mixtures of colloidal hard spheres with hard discs are calculated by means of the free-volume theory. The free-volume fraction available to the discs is determined from scaled-particle theory. The calculations show that depletion induced phase separation should occur at low disc concentrations in systems now experimentally available. The gas–liquid equilibrium of the spheres becomes stable at comparable size ratios as with bimodal mixtures of spheres or mixtures of rods and ...

  16. A Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulation program for computing ion distributions around biomolecules in hard sphere solvents

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    The GIBS software program is a Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulation program (written in C++) that can be used for 1) computing the excess chemical potential of ions and the mean activity coefficients of salts in homogeneous electrolyte solutions; and, 2) for computing the distribution of ions around fixed macromolecules such as, nucleic acids and proteins. The solvent can be represented as neutral hard spheres or as a dielectric continuum. The ions are represented as charged hard spheres that can interact via Coulomb, hard-sphere, or Lennard-Jones potentials. In addition to hard-sphere repulsions, the ions can also be made to interact with the solvent hard spheres via short-ranged attractive square-well potentials.

  17. Thermodynamic Properties of Hard-Sphere Fluid under Confined Condition Based on Bridge Density Function

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    2003-01-01

    Based on the functional integral procedure, a recently proposed bridge density function [J. Chem. Phys. 112 (2000) 8079] is developed to calculate global thermodynamic properties of non-uniform fluids. The resulting surface tension of a hard wall-hard sphere interface as a function of the bulk hard sphere fluid density is in good agreement with the available simulation data. The proposed numerical procedure from the approximation of non-uniform first=order direct correlation function to a non=uniform system with excess Helmholtz free energy is of fundamental importance for phase behaviour under the confined condition due to the fact that many available simple approximations in classical density functional theory are for non=uniform first=order direct correlation function.

  18. Simulating asymmetric colloidal mixture with adhesive hard sphere model.

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    Jamnik, A

    2008-06-21

    Monte Carlo simulation and Percus-Yevick (PY) theory are used to investigate the structural properties of a two-component system of the Baxter adhesive fluids with the size asymmetry of the particles of both components mimicking an asymmetric binary colloidal mixture. The radial distribution functions for all possible species pairs, g(11)(r), g(22)(r), and g(12)(r), exhibit discontinuities at the interparticle distances corresponding to certain combinations of n and m values (n and m being integers) in the sum nsigma(1)+msigma(2) (sigma(1) and sigma(2) being the hard-core diameters of individual components) as a consequence of the impulse character of 1-1, 2-2, and 1-2 attractive interactions. In contrast to the PY theory, which predicts the delta function peaks in the shape of g(ij)(r) only at the distances which are the multiple of the molecular sizes corresponding to different linear structures of successively connected particles, the simulation results reveal additional peaks at intermediate distances originating from the formation of rigid clusters of various geometries.

  19. Modeling the Permittivity of Two-Phase Media Containing Monodisperse Spheres: Effects of Microstructure and Multiple Scattering

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    Doyle, Timothy E; Robinson, David A.; Scott B. Jones; Warnick, Keith H.; Carruth, Brent L.

    2007-01-01

    A numerical modeling approach was developed to predict the dielectric properties of heterogeneous particulate materials with arbitrary microstructures. To test the method, simulation and experimental data were acquired for the effective permittivities of various glass sphere suspensions. Both ordered lattices and random microstructures of up to 3600 spheres were modeled for volume fractions of 0.025–0.60. The electric fields in the suspensions were computed using an iterative multipole method...

  20. Using compressibility factor as a predictor of confined hard-sphere fluid dynamics.

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    Mittal, Jeetain

    2009-10-22

    We study the correlations between the diffusivity (or viscosity) and the compressibility factor of bulk hard-sphere fluid as predicted by the ultralocal limit of the barrier hopping theory. Our specific aim is to determine if these correlations observed in the bulk equilibrium hard-sphere fluid can be used to predict the self-diffusivity of fluid confined between a slit-pore or a rectangular channel. In this work, we consider a single-component and a binary mixture of hard spheres. To represent confining walls, we use purely reflecting hard walls and interacting square-well walls. Our results clearly show that the correspondence between the diffusivity and the compressibility factor can be used along with the knowledge of the confined fluid's compressibility factor to predict its diffusivity with quantitative accuracy. Our analysis also suggests that a simple measure, the average fluid density, can be an accurate predictor of confined fluid diffusivity for very tight confinements ( approximately 2-3 particle diameters wide) at low to intermediate density conditions. Together, these results provide further support for the idea that one can use robust connections between thermodynamic and dynamic quantities to predict dynamics of confined fluids from their thermodynamics.

  1. Adsorption of a Hard Sphere Fluid in a Disordered Polymerized Matrix: Application of the Replica Ornstein-Zernike Equations

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    Pizio; Trokhymchuk; Henderson; Labik

    1997-07-01

    A model of hard spheres adsorbed in disordered porous media is studied using the associative replica Ornstein-Zernike (ROZ) equations. Extending previous studies of adsorption in a hard sphere matrices, we investigate a polymerized matrix. We consider an associating fluid of hard spheres with two intracore attractive sites per particle; consequently chains consisting of overlapping hard spheres can be formed due to the chemical association. This is the generalization of the model with sites on the surface of Wertheim that has been studied in the bulk by Chang and Sandler. The matrix structure is obtained in the polymer Percus-Yevick approximation. We solve the ROZ equations in the associative hypernetted chain approximation. The pair distribution functions, the fluid compressibility, the equation of state and chemical potential of the adsorbed fluid are obtained and discussed. It is shown that the adsorption of a hard sphere fluid in a matrix at given density, but consisting of longer chains of overlapping hard spheres, is higher than the adsorption of this fluid in a hard sphere matrix.

  2. The confirmation of reliability of Protopapas et al.'s equation for the temperature dependence of hard sphere diameter from a microscopic point of view

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    Itami, Toshio; Mizuno, Akitoshi; Masaki, Tadahiko; 伊丹 俊夫; 水野 章敏; 正木 匡彦

    2001-01-01

    In the hard sphere model, the hard sphere diameter is the only and important parameter. The empirical relation, the Protopapas et al.'s relation, was employed for the temperature dependence of hard sphere diameter, which is indispensable to reproduce the temperature dependence of physical quantities. In this study, the detailed comparison was performed between the Protopapas et al.'s equation and the temperature dependence of hard sphere diameter determined by the refined theories of liquids....

  3. The rheology of hard sphere suspensions at arbitrary volume fractions: An improved differential viscosity model.

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    Mendoza, Carlos I; Santamaría-Holek, I

    2009-01-28

    We propose a simple and general model accounting for the dependence of the viscosity of a hard sphere suspension at arbitrary volume fractions. The model constitutes a continuum-medium description based on a recursive-differential method where correlations between the spheres are introduced through an effective volume fraction. In contrast to other differential methods, the introduction of the effective volume fraction as the integration variable implicitly considers interactions between the spheres of the same recursive stage. The final expression for the viscosity scales with this effective volume fraction, which allows constructing a master curve that contains all the experimental situations considered. The agreement of our expression for the viscosity with experiments at low- and high-shear rates and in the high-frequency limit is remarkable for all volume fractions.

  4. Communication: radial distribution functions in a two-dimensional binary colloidal hard sphere system.

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    Thorneywork, Alice L; Roth, Roland; Aarts, Dirk G A L; Dullens, Roel P A

    2014-04-28

    Two-dimensional hard disks are a fundamentally important many-body model system in classical statistical mechanics. Despite their significance, a comprehensive experimental data set for two-dimensional single component and binary hard disks is lacking. Here, we present a direct comparison between the full set of radial distribution functions and the contact values of a two-dimensional binary colloidal hard sphere model system and those calculated using fundamental measure theory. We find excellent quantitative agreement between our experimental data and theoretical predictions for both single component and binary hard disk systems. Our results provide a unique and fully quantitative mapping between experiments and theory, which is crucial in establishing the fundamental link between structure and dynamics in simple liquids and glass forming systems.

  5. Phase diagram of mixtures of hard colloidal spheres and discs: a free-volume scaled-particle approach.

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    Oversteegen, S M; Lekkerkerker, H N W

    2004-02-01

    Phase diagrams of mixtures of colloidal hard spheres with hard discs are calculated by means of the free-volume theory. The free-volume fraction available to the discs is determined from scaled-particle theory. The calculations show that depletion induced phase separation should occur at low disc concentrations in systems now experimentally available. The gas-liquid equilibrium of the spheres becomes stable at comparable size ratios as with bimodal mixtures of spheres or mixtures of rods and spheres. Introducing finite thickness of the platelets gives rise to a significant lowering of the fluid branch of the binodal. Copyright 2004 American Institute of Physics

  6. Extension of the hard-sphere particle-wall collision model to account for particle deposition.

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    Kosinski, Pawel; Hoffmann, Alex C

    2009-06-01

    Numerical simulations of flows of fluids with granular materials using the Eulerian-Lagrangian approach involve the problem of modeling of collisions: both between the particles and particles with walls. One of the most popular techniques is the hard-sphere model. This model, however, has a major drawback in that it does not take into account cohesive or adhesive forces. In this paper we develop an extension to a well-known hard-sphere model for modeling particle-wall interactions, making it possible to account for adhesion. The model is able to account for virtually any physical interaction, such as van der Waals forces or liquid bridging. In this paper we focus on the derivation of the new model and we show some computational results.

  7. Chemical potential of a hard sphere fluid adsorbed in model disordered polydisperse matrices.

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    de Leon, Aned; Pizio, O; Sokołowski, S

    2006-06-01

    We consider a model for adsorption of a simple fluid in disordered polydisperse adsorbents. The fluid consists of hard sphere particles. On the other hand, the adsorbents of this study are modeled as a collection of hard spheres with their diameter obeying a certain distribution function. Our focus is in the evaluation of the chemical potential of the fluid immersed in such a polydisperse material. It permits us to obtain porosity and pore size distribution for the adsorbent, as well as a set of adsorption isotherms. The latter have been calculated theoretically and by grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. We observe that the width of assumed polydispersity distribution affects all the properties of the system. Nevertheless, the effect of matrix packing is dominant in determining adsorption for this class of models. We are convinced that the matrix structures generated via more sophisticated algorithms would exhibit stronger effects of polydispersity on the entire set of properties of adsorbed simple fluids.

  8. Discrete Element Method Numerical Modelling on Crystallization of Smooth Hard Spheres under Mechanical Vibration

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    AN Xi-Zhong

    2007-01-01

    The crystallization, corresponding to the fcc structure (with packing density p ≈ 0.74), of smooth equal hard spheres under batch-wised feeding and three-dimensional interval vibration is numerically obtained by using the discrete element method. The numerical experiment shows that the ordered packing can be realized by proper control of the dynamic parameters such as batch of each feeding § and vibration amplitude A. The radial distribution function and force network are used to characterize the ordered structure. The defect formed during vibrated packing is characterized as well The results in our work fill the gap of getting packing density between random close packing and fcc packing in phase diagram which provides an effective way of theoretically investigating the complex process and mechanism of hard sphere crystallization and its dynamics.

  9. Equation of state of nonadditive d-dimensional hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Santos, A; López de Haro, M; Yuste, S B

    2005-01-08

    An equation of state for a multicomponent mixture of nonadditive hard spheres in d dimensions is proposed. It yields a rather simple density dependence and constitutes a natural extension of the equation of state for additive hard spheres proposed by us [A. Santos, S. B. Yuste, and M. Lopez de Haro, Mol. Phys. 96, 1 (1999)]. The proposal relies on the known exact second and third virial coefficients and requires as input the compressibility factor of the one-component system. A comparison is carried out both with another recent theoretical proposal based on a similar philosophy and with the available exact results and simulation data in d=1, 2, and 3. Good general agreement with the reported values of the virial coefficients and of the compressibility factor of binary mixtures is observed, especially for high asymmetries and/or positive nonadditivities. 2005 American Institute of Physics.

  10. Chemical-potential route: a hidden Percus-Yevick equation of state for hard spheres.

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    Santos, Andrés

    2012-09-21

    The chemical potential of a hard-sphere fluid can be expressed in terms of the contact value of the radial distribution function of a solute particle with a diameter varying from zero to that of the solvent particles. Exploiting the explicit knowledge of such a contact value within the Percus-Yevick theory, and using standard thermodynamic relations, a hitherto unknown Percus-Yevick equation of state, p/ρk(B)T = -(9/η) ln(1-η)-(16-31η)/2(1-η)(2), is unveiled. This equation of state turns out to be better than the one obtained from the conventional virial route. Interpolations between the chemical-potential and compressibility routes are shown to be more accurate than the widely used Carnahan-Starling equation of state. The extension to polydisperse hard-sphere systems is also presented.

  11. Communication: Virial coefficients and demixing in highly asymmetric binary additive hard-sphere mixtures.

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    López de Haro, Mariano; Tejero, Carlos F; Santos, Andrés

    2013-04-28

    The problem of demixing in a binary fluid mixture of highly asymmetric additive hard spheres is revisited. A comparison is presented between the results derived previously using truncated virial expansions for three finite size ratios with those that one obtains with the same approach in the extreme case in which one of the components consists of point particles. Since this latter system is known not to exhibit fluid-fluid segregation, the similarity observed for the behavior of the critical constants arising in the truncated series in all instances, while not being conclusive, may cast serious doubts as to the actual existence of a demixing fluid-fluid transition in disparate-sized binary additive hard-sphere mixtures.

  12. First-order layering and critical wetting transitions in nonadditive hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Hopkins, Paul; Schmidt, Matthias

    2011-05-01

    Using fundamental-measure density functional theory we investigate entropic wetting in an asymmetric binary mixture of hard spheres with positive nonadditivity. We consider a general planar hard wall, where preferential adsorption is induced by a difference in closest approach of the different species and the wall. Close to bulk fluid-fluid coexistence, the phase rich in the minority component adsorbs either through a series of first-order layering transitions, where an increasing number of liquid layers adsorbs sequentially, or via a critical wetting transition, where a thick film grows continuously.

  13. Tracking three-phase coexistences in binary mixtures of hard plates and spheres

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    Aliabadi, Roohollah; Moradi, Mahmood; Varga, Szabolcs

    2016-02-01

    The stability of demixing phase transition in binary mixtures of hard plates (with thickness L and diameter D) and hard spheres (with diameter σ) is studied by means of Parsons-Lee theory. The isotropic-isotropic demixing, which is found in mixtures of large spheres and small plates, is very likely to be pre-empted by crystallization. In contrast, the nematic-nematic demixing, which is obtained in mixtures of large plates and small spheres, can be stabilized at low diameter ratios (σ/D) and aspect ratios (L/D). At intermediate values of σ/D, where the sizes of the components are similar, neither the isotropic-isotropic nor the nematic-nematic demixing can be stabilized, but a very strong fractionation takes place between a plate rich nematic and a sphere rich isotropic phases. Our results show that the excluded volume interactions are capable alone to explain the experimental observation of the nematic-nematic demixing, but they fail in the description of isotropic-isotropic one [M. Chen et al., Soft Matter 11, 5775 (2015)].

  14. Analytic methods for the Percus-Yevick hard sphere correlation functions

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    D. Henderson

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The Percus-Yevick theory for hard spheres provides simple accurate expressions for the correlation functions that have proven exceptionally useful. A summary of the author's lecture notes concerning three methods of obtaining these functions are presented. These notes are original only in part. However, they contain some helpful steps and simplifications. The purpose of this paper is to make these notes more widely available.

  15. Competition of percolation and phase separation in a fluid of adhesive hard spheres

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    Miller, M.A.; Frenkel, D.

    2003-01-01

    Using a combination of Monte Carlo techniques, we locate the liquid-vapor critical point of adhesive hard spheres. We find that the critical point lies deep inside the gel region of the phase diagram. The (reduced) critical temperature and density are τc = 0.1133±0.0005 and ρc = 0.508±0.01. We compa

  16. A Monte Carlo study of the freezing transition of hard spheres.

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    Nayhouse, Michael; Amlani, Ankur M; Orkoulas, G

    2011-08-17

    A simulation method for fluid-solid transitions, which is based on a modification of the constrained cell model of Hoover and Ree, is developed and tested on a system of hard spheres. In the fully occupied constrained cell model, each particle is confined in its own Wigner-Seitz cell. Constant-pressure simulations of the constrained cell model for a system of hard spheres indicate a point of mechanical instability at a density which is about 64% of the density at the close packed limit. Below that point, the solid is mechanically unstable since without the confinement imposed by the cell walls it will disintegrate to a disordered, fluid-like phase. Hoover and Ree proposed a modified cell model by introducing an external field of variable strength. High values of the external field variable favor configurations with one particle per cell and thus stabilize the solid phase. In this work, the modified cell model of a hard-sphere system is simulated under constant-pressure conditions using tempering and histogram reweighting techniques. The simulations indicate that as the strength of the field is reduced, the transition from the solid to the fluid phase is continuous below the mechanical instability point and discontinuous above. The fluid-solid transition of the hard-sphere system is determined by analyzing the field-induced fluid-solid transition of the modified cell model in the limit in which the external field vanishes. The coexistence pressure and densities are obtained through finite-size scaling techniques and are in good accord with previous estimates.

  17. Thermodynamic scaling law for the diffusion coefficient in hard-sphere system

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    Bomont, Jean-Marc; Bretonnet, Jean-Louis

    2015-02-01

    Two scaling laws are investigated, which are devoted to link the diffusion coefficient to the thermodynamic properties for the athermal hard-sphere system, over the wide range of packing fraction covering the stable and metastable regimes. It is found that the most relevant control parameter is not the excess entropy, but the compressibility factor, i.e. the logarithm derivative of the excess entropy with respect to the packing fraction.

  18. Virial coefficients, thermodynamic properties, and fluid-fluid transition of nonadditive hard-sphere mixtures

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    Santos, Andrés; de Haro, Mariano López; Yuste, Santos B.

    2009-01-01

    Different theoretical approaches for the thermodynamic properties and the equation of state for multicomponent mixtures of nonadditive hard spheres in $d$ dimensions are presented in a unified way. These include the theory by Hamad, our previous formulation, the original MIX1 theory, a recently proposed modified MIX1 theory, as well as a nonlinear extension of the MIX1 theory proposed in this paper. Explicit expressions for the compressibility factor, Helmholtz free energy, and second, third,...

  19. Demixing can occur in binary hard-sphere mixtures with negative nonadditivity.

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    Santos, A; López de Haro, M

    2005-07-01

    A binary fluid mixture of nonadditive hard spheres characterized by a size ratio gamma = sigma(2)/sigma(1) infinity) a demixing transition with a critical consolute point at a packing fraction scaling as eta approximately d2(-d) is found, even for slightly negative nonadditivity, if Delta >-1/8 (ln gamma)(2). Arguments concerning the stability of the demixing with respect to freezing are provided.

  20. A two-stage approach to relaxation in billiard systems of locally confined hard spheres.

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    Gaspard, Pierre; Gilbert, Thomas

    2012-06-01

    We consider the three-dimensional dynamics of systems of many interacting hard spheres, each individually confined to a dispersive environment, and show that the macroscopic limit of such systems is characterized by a coefficient of heat conduction whose value reduces to a dimensional formula in the limit of vanishingly small rate of interaction. It is argued that this limit arises from an effective loss of memory. Similarities with the diffusion of a tagged particle in binary mixtures are emphasized.

  1. Solid-solid transition of the size-polydisperse hard-sphere system

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    Yang, Mingcheng; Ma, Hongru

    2008-01-01

    The solid-solid coexistence of a polydisperse hard sphere system is studied by using the Monte Carlo simulation. The results show that for large enough polydispersity the solid-solid coexistence state is more stable than the single-phase solid. The two coexisting solids have different composition distributions but the same crystal structure. Moreover, there is evidence that the solid-solid transition terminates in a critical point as in the case of the fluid-fluid transition.

  2. Scaled Particle Theory for Multicomponent Hard Sphere Fluids Confined in Random Porous Media.

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    Chen, W; Zhao, S L; Holovko, M; Chen, X S; Dong, W

    2016-06-23

    The formulation of scaled particle theory (SPT) is presented for a quite general model of fluids confined in a random porous media, i.e., a multicomponent hard sphere (HS) fluid in a multicomponent hard sphere or a multicomponent overlapping hard sphere (OHS) matrix. The analytical expressions for pressure, Helmholtz free energy, and chemical potential are derived. The thermodynamic consistency of the proposed theory is established. Moreover, we show that there is an isomorphism between the SPT for a multicomponent system and that for a one-component system. Results from grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo simulations are also presented for a binary HS mixture in a one-component HS or a one-component OHS matrix. The accuracy of various variants derived from the basic SPT formulation is appraised against the simulation results. Scaled particle theory, initially formulated for a bulk HS fluid, has not only provided an analytical tool for calculating thermodynamic properties of HS fluid but also helped to gain very useful insight for elaborating other theoretical approaches such as the fundamental measure theory (FMT). We expect that the general SPT for multicomponent systems developed in this work can contribute to the study of confined fluids in a similar way.

  3. On fluid-solid direct coexistence simulations: the pseudo-hard sphere model.

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    Espinosa, Jorge R; Sanz, Eduardo; Valeriani, Chantal; Vega, Carlos

    2013-10-14

    We investigate methodological issues concerning the direct coexistence method, an increasingly popular approach to evaluate the solid-fluid coexistence by means of computer simulations. The first issue is the impact of the simulation ensemble on the results. We compare the NpT ensemble (easy to use but approximate) with the NpzT ensemble (rigorous but more difficult to handle). Our work shows that both ensembles yield similar results for large systems (>5000 particles). Another issue, which is usually disregarded, is the stochastic character of a direct coexistence simulation. Here, we assess the impact of stochasticity in the determination of the coexistence point. We demonstrate that the error generated by stochasticity is much larger than that caused by the use of the NpT ensemble, and can be minimized by simply increasing the system size. To perform this study we use the pseudo hard-sphere model recently proposed by Jover et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 137, 144505 (2012)], and obtain a coexistence pressure of p∗ = 11.65(1), quite similar to that of hard spheres (only about 0.6% higher). Therefore, we conclude that this model can be reliably used to investigate the physics of hard spheres in phenomena like crystal nucleation.

  4. A comprehensive approach to an equation of state for hard spheres and Lennard-Jones fluids

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    S.B.Khasare

    2011-01-01

    We present a simple method of obtaining various equations of state for hard sphere fluid in a simple unifying way.We will guess equations of state by using suitable axiomatic functional forms(n =1,2,3,4,5)for surface tension Smnr,r≥d/2 with intermolecular separation r as a variable,where m is an arbitrary real number(pole).Among the equations of state obtained in this way are Percus-Yevick,scaled particle theory and Carnahan-Starling equations of state.In addition,we have found a simple equation of state for the hard sphere fluid in the region that represents the simulation data accurately.It is found that for both hard sphere fluids as well as Lennard-Jones fluids,with m =3/4 the derived equation of state(EOS)gives results which are in good agreement with computer simulation results.Furthermore,this equation of state gives the Percus-Yevick(pressure)EOS for the m = 0,the Carnahan-Starling EOS for m = 4/5,while for the value of m = 1 it corresponds to a scaled particle theory EOS.

  5. Simple effective rule to estimate the jamming packing fraction of polydisperse hard spheres.

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    Santos, Andrés; Yuste, Santos B; López de Haro, Mariano; Odriozola, Gerardo; Ogarko, Vitaliy

    2014-04-01

    A recent proposal in which the equation of state of a polydisperse hard-sphere mixture is mapped onto that of the one-component fluid is extrapolated beyond the freezing point to estimate the jamming packing fraction ϕJ of the polydisperse system as a simple function of M1M3/M22, where Mk is the kth moment of the size distribution. An analysis of experimental and simulation data of ϕJ for a large number of different mixtures shows a remarkable general agreement with the theoretical estimate. To give extra support to the procedure, simulation data for seventeen mixtures in the high-density region are used to infer the equation of state of the pure hard-sphere system in the metastable region. An excellent collapse of the inferred curves up to the glass transition and a significant narrowing of the different out-of-equilibrium glass branches all the way to jamming are observed. Thus, the present approach provides an extremely simple criterion to unify in a common framework and to give coherence to data coming from very different polydisperse hard-sphere mixtures.

  6. Electrostatic solvation free energies of charged hard spheres using molecular dynamics with density functional theory interactions

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    Duignan, Timothy T.; Baer, Marcel D.; Schenter, Gregory K.; Mundy, Chistopher J.

    2017-10-01

    Determining the solvation free energies of single ions in water is one of the most fundamental problems in physical chemistry and yet many unresolved questions remain. In particular, the ability to decompose the solvation free energy into simple and intuitive contributions will have important implications for models of electrolyte solution. Here, we provide definitions of the various types of single ion solvation free energies based on different simulation protocols. We calculate solvation free energies of charged hard spheres using density functional theory interaction potentials with molecular dynamics simulation and isolate the effects of charge and cavitation, comparing to the Born (linear response) model. We show that using uncorrected Ewald summation leads to unphysical values for the single ion solvation free energy and that charging free energies for cations are approximately linear as a function of charge but that there is a small non-linearity for small anions. The charge hydration asymmetry for hard spheres, determined with quantum mechanics, is much larger than for the analogous real ions. This suggests that real ions, particularly anions, are significantly more complex than simple charged hard spheres, a commonly employed representation.

  7. Tailored synthesis of monodispersed nano/submicron porous silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) spheres with improved Li-storage performance as an anode material for Li-ion batteries

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    Shi, Huimin; Yuan, Anbao; Xu, Jiaqiang

    2017-10-01

    A spherical silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) material (monodispersed nano/submicron porous SiOC spheres) is successfully synthesized via a specially designed synthetic strategy involving pyrolysis of phenyltriethoxysilane derived pre-ceramic polymer spheres at 900 °C. In order to prevent sintering of the pre-ceramic polymer spheres upon heating, a given amount of hollow porous SiO2 nanobelts which are separately prepared from tetraethyl orthosilicate with CuO nanobelts as templates are introduced into the pre-ceramic polymer spheres before pyrolysis. This material is investigated as an anode for lithium-ion batteries in comparison with the large-size bulk SiOC material synthesized under the similar conditions but without hollow SiO2 nanobelts. The maximum reversible specific capacity of ca. 900 mAh g-1 is delivered at the current density of 100 mA g-1 and ca. 98% of the initial capacity is remained after 100 cycles at 100 mA g-1 for the SiOC spheres material, which are much superior to the bulk SiOC material. The improved lithium storage performance in terms of specific capacity and cyclability is attributed to its particular morphology of monodisperse nano/submicron porous spheres as well as its modified composition and microstructure. This SiOC material has higher Li-storage activity and better stability against volume expansion during repeated lithiation and delithiation cycling.

  8. Exact equivalence between one-dimensional Bose gases interacting via hard-sphere and zero-range potentials

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    Valiente, Manuel

    2012-01-01

    We prove the equivalence between the hard-sphere Bose gas and a system with momentum-dependent zero-range interactions in one spatial dimension, which we call extended hard-sphere Bose gas. The two-body interaction in the latter model has the advantage of being a regular pseudopotential. The most......, identified with the hard-sphere diameter only when it is positive. We are then able to obtain, directly in the thermodynamic limit, the ground-state energy of the strongly repulsive Lieb-Liniger gas and, more importantly, the energy of the lowest-lying super Tonks-Girardeau gas state with finite, strongly...... attractive interactions, in perturbation theory from the novel extended hard-sphere Bose gas....

  9. Topological and metrical property characterization of radical subunits for ternary hard sphere crystals

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Quantitative characterization on the topological and metrical properties of radical subunits (polyhedra for two new ternary hard sphere crystals was studied. These two ideal crystalline structures are numerically constructed by filling small and medium spheres into interstices (corresponding to regular tetrahedral and octahedral pores of perfect face centered cubic (FCC and hexagonal close packed (HCP crystals formed by the packing of large spheres. Topological properties such as face number, edge number, vertex number of each radical polyhedron (RP, edge number of each RP face and metrical properties such as volume, surface area, total perimeter and pore volume of each RP, area and perimeter of each RP face were analyzed and compared. The results show that even though the overall packing densities for FCC and HCP ternary crystals are the same, different characteristics of radical polyhedra for corresponding spheres in these two crystals can be identified. That is, in the former structure RPs are more symmetric than those in the latter; the orientations of corresponding RP in the latter are twice as many as that in the former. Moreover, RP topological and metrical properties in the HCP ternary crystal are much more complicated than those in the FCC ternary crystal. These differences imply the structure and property differences of these two ternary crystals. Analyses of RPs provide intensive understanding of pores in the structure.

  10. Topological and metrical property characterization of radical subunits for ternary hard sphere crystals

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    Wang, Lin; An, Xizhong; Wang, Defeng; Qian, Quan

    2016-01-01

    Quantitative characterization on the topological and metrical properties of radical subunits (polyhedra) for two new ternary hard sphere crystals was studied. These two ideal crystalline structures are numerically constructed by filling small and medium spheres into interstices (corresponding to regular tetrahedral and octahedral pores) of perfect face centered cubic (FCC) and hexagonal close packed (HCP) crystals formed by the packing of large spheres. Topological properties such as face number, edge number, vertex number of each radical polyhedron (RP), edge number of each RP face and metrical properties such as volume, surface area, total perimeter and pore volume of each RP, area and perimeter of each RP face were analyzed and compared. The results show that even though the overall packing densities for FCC and HCP ternary crystals are the same, different characteristics of radical polyhedra for corresponding spheres in these two crystals can be identified. That is, in the former structure RPs are more symmetric than those in the latter; the orientations of corresponding RP in the latter are twice as many as that in the former. Moreover, RP topological and metrical properties in the HCP ternary crystal are much more complicated than those in the FCC ternary crystal. These differences imply the structure and property differences of these two ternary crystals. Analyses of RPs provide intensive understanding of pores in the structure.

  11. Stabilizing the hexagonal close packed structure of hard spheres with polymers: Phase diagram, structure, and dynamics

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    Edison, John R.; Dasgupta, Tonnishtha; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2016-08-01

    We study the phase behaviour of a binary mixture of colloidal hard spheres and freely jointed chains of beads using Monte Carlo simulations. Recently Panagiotopoulos and co-workers predicted [Nat. Commun. 5, 4472 (2014)] that the hexagonal close packed (HCP) structure of hard spheres can be stabilized in such a mixture due to the interplay between polymer and the void structure in the crystal phase. Their predictions were based on estimates of the free-energy penalty for adding a single hard polymer chain in the HCP and the competing face centered cubic (FCC) phase. Here we calculate the phase diagram using free-energy calculations of the full binary mixture and find a broad fluid-solid coexistence region and a metastable gas-liquid coexistence region. For the colloid-monomer size ratio considered in this work, we find that the HCP phase is only stable in a small window at relatively high polymer reservoir packing fractions, where the coexisting HCP phase is nearly close packed. Additionally we investigate the structure and dynamic behaviour of these mixtures.

  12. Granular mixtures modeled as elastic hard spheres subject to a drag force.

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    Vega Reyes, Francisco; Garzó, Vicente; Santos, Andrés

    2007-06-01

    Granular gaseous mixtures under rapid flow conditions are usually modeled as a multicomponent system of smooth inelastic hard disks (two dimensions) or spheres (three dimensions) with constant coefficients of normal restitution alpha{ij}. In the low density regime an adequate framework is provided by the set of coupled inelastic Boltzmann equations. Due to the intricacy of the inelastic Boltzmann collision operator, in this paper we propose a simpler model of elastic hard disks or spheres subject to the action of an effective drag force, which mimics the effect of dissipation present in the original granular gas. For each collision term ij, the model has two parameters: a dimensionless factor beta{ij} modifying the collision rate of the elastic hard spheres, and the drag coefficient zeta{ij}. Both parameters are determined by requiring that the model reproduces the collisional transfers of momentum and energy of the true inelastic Boltzmann operator, yielding beta{ij}=(1+alpha{ij})2 and zeta{ij} proportional, variant1-alpha{ij}/{2}, where the proportionality constant is a function of the partial densities, velocities, and temperatures of species i and j. The Navier-Stokes transport coefficients for a binary mixture are obtained from the model by application of the Chapman-Enskog method. The three coefficients associated with the mass flux are the same as those obtained from the inelastic Boltzmann equation, while the remaining four transport coefficients show a general good agreement, especially in the case of the thermal conductivity. The discrepancies between both descriptions are seen to be similar to those found for monocomponent gases. Finally, the approximate decomposition of the inelastic Boltzmann collision operator is exploited to construct a model kinetic equation for granular mixtures as a direct extension of a known kinetic model for elastic collisions.

  13. Packing fraction of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: a general equation and application to amorphization.

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    Brouwers, H J H

    2008-07-01

    In a previous paper analytical equations were derived for the packing fraction of crystalline structures consisting of bimodal randomly placed hard spheres [H. J. H. Brouwers, Phys. Rev. E 76, 041304 (2007)]. The bimodal packing fraction was derived for the three crystalline cubic systems: viz., face-centered cubic, body-centered cubic, and simple cubic. These three equations appeared also to be applicable to all 14 Bravais lattices. Here it is demonstrated, accounting for the number of distorted bonds in the building blocks and using graph theory, that one general packing equation can be derived, valid again for all lattices. This expression is validated and applied to the process of amorphization.

  14. Event-chain Monte Carlo algorithms for hard-sphere systems.

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    Bernard, Etienne P; Krauth, Werner; Wilson, David B

    2009-11-01

    In this paper we present the event-chain algorithms, which are fast Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods for hard spheres and related systems. In a single move of these rejection-free methods, an arbitrarily long chain of particles is displaced, and long-range coherent motion can be induced. Numerical simulations show that event-chain algorithms clearly outperform the conventional Metropolis method. Irreversible versions of the algorithms, which violate detailed balance, improve the speed of the method even further. We also compare our method with a recent implementations of the molecular-dynamics algorithm.

  15. Monte Carlo simulations of in-plane stacking disorder in hard-sphere crystals.

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    Miedema, P S; de Villeneuve, V W A; Petukhov, A V

    2008-01-01

    On-lattice Monte Carlo simulations of colloidal random-stacking hard-sphere colloidal crystals are presented. The model yields close-packed crystals with random-stacking hexagonal structure. We find a significant amount of in-plane stacking disorder, which slowly anneals in the course of the simulation. The in-plane stacking disorder leads to lateral broadening of the stacking-disorder-induced Bragg rods. It is found that not only the scattering intensity, but also the width is modulated along the Bragg rods.

  16. POLYMER MEAN SPHERICAL APPROXIMATION FOR THE FLUID OF FLEXIBLE HARD-SPHERE YUKAWA STAR MOLECULES

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    Yu.V.Kalyuzhnyi

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available An extension of the product-reactant Ornstein-Zernike approach (PROZA for the fluid of flexible star molecules is proposed and the corresponding version of the mean spherical approximation (MSA, the so-called polymer MSA (PMSA, is formulated. Using Baxter-Wertheim factorization technique, an analytical solution of the PMSA for the fluid of star molecules with Yukawa hard-sphere interaction between the molecular segments is derived and closed form analytical expressions for the Helmholtz free energy, chemical potential and equation of state are presented. The structure properties of several different versions of the star fluid model are studied.

  17. Ising low-temperature polynomials and hard-sphere gases on cubic lattices of general dimension

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    Butera, P

    2015-01-01

    We derive and analyze the low-activity and low-density expansions of the pressure for the model of a hard-sphere gas on cubic lattices of general dimension $d$, through the 13th order. These calculations are based on our recent extension to dimension d of the low-temperature expansions for the specific free-energy of the spin-1/2 Ising models subject to a uniform magnetic field on the (hyper-)simple-cubic lattices. Estimates of the model parameters are given also for some other lattices

  18. Phase behavior of polyampholytes from charged hard-sphere chain model.

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    Jiang, Jianwen; Feng, Jian; Liu, Honglai; Hu, Ying

    2006-04-14

    A molecular thermodynamic theory is developed for polyampholytes from the coarse-grained charged hard-sphere chain model. The phase behavior of polyampholytes with variations in sequence and chain length is satisfactorily predicted by the theory, consistent with simulation results and experimental observations. At a fixed chain length, the phase envelope expands as the sequence of charge distribution becomes less random. With increasing chain length, the phase envelope expands for diblock and random polyampholytes, but shrinks for zwitterionic polyampholytes. The predicted critical temperature, density, and pressure exhibit scaling relations with chain length for all the three (diblock, random, and zwitterionic) polyampholytes.

  19. Equivalence of glass transition and colloidal glass transition in the hard-sphere limit.

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    Xu, Ning; Haxton, Thomas K; Liu, Andrea J; Nagel, Sidney R

    2009-12-11

    We show that the slowing of the dynamics in simulations of several model glass-forming liquids is equivalent to the hard-sphere glass transition in the low-pressure limit. In this limit, we find universal behavior of the relaxation time by collapsing molecular-dynamics data for all systems studied onto a single curve as a function of T/p, the ratio of the temperature to the pressure. At higher pressures, there are deviations from this universal behavior that depend on the interparticle potential, implying that additional physical processes must enter into the dynamics of glass formation.

  20. Structure of Some 4f Rare Earth Liquid Metals - A Charged Hard Sphere Approach

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    P.B. Thakor; P.N. Gajjar; A.R. Jani

    2006-01-01

    A well-established pseodopotential is used to study the structure of some 4f rare earth liquid metals (Ce,Pr, Eu, Gd, Tb, and Yb). The structure factor S(q), pair distribution function g(r), interatomic distance r1, and coordination number n1 are calculated using Charged Hard Sphere (CHS) reference system. To introduce the exchange and correlation effects, the local field correction due to Sarkar et al. (S) is applied. The present investigation is successful in generating the structural information of Ce, Pr, Eu, Gd, Tb, and Yb 4f rare earth liquid metals.

  1. Chemical-Potential Route: A Hidden Percus-Yevick Equation of State for Hard Spheres

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    2012-01-01

    The chemical potential of a hard-sphere fluid can be expressed in terms of the contact value of the radial distribution function of a solute particle with a diameter varying from zero to that of the solvent particles. Exploiting the explicit knowledge of such a contact value within the Percus--Yevick (PY) theory, and using standard thermodynamic relations, a hitherto unknown PY equation of state, $p/\\rho k_BT=-(9/\\eta)\\ln(1-\\eta)-(16-31\\eta)/2(1-\\eta)^2$, is unveiled. This equation of state t...

  2. Scattering for mixtures of hard spheres: comparison of total scattering intensities with model.

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    Anderson, B J; Gopalakrishnan, V; Ramakrishnan, S; Zukoski, C F

    2006-03-01

    The angular dependence of the intensity of x-rays scattered from binary and ternary hard sphere mixtures is investigated and compared to the predictions of two scattering models. Mixture ratio and total volume fraction dependent effects are investigated for size ratios equal to 0.51 and 0.22. Comparisons of model predictions with experimental results indicate the significant impact of the role of particle size distributions in interpreting the angular dependence of the scattering at wave vectors probing density fluctuations intermediate between the sizes of the particles in the mixture.

  3. Phase diagram of mixtures of hard colloidal spheres and discs: A free-volume scaled-particle approach

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    Lekkerkerker, H.N.W.; Oversteegen, S.M.

    2004-01-01

    Phase diagrams of mixtures of colloidal hard spheres with hard discs are calculated by means of the free-volume theory. The free-volume fraction available to the discs is determined from scaled-particle theory. The calculations show that depletion induced phase separation should occur at low disc co

  4. Phase diagram of mixtures of hard colloidal spheres and discs: A free-volume scaled-particle approach

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    Lekkerkerker, H.N.W.; Oversteegen, S.M.

    2004-01-01

    Phase diagrams of mixtures of colloidal hard spheres with hard discs are calculated by means of the free-volume theory. The free-volume fraction available to the discs is determined from scaled-particle theory. The calculations show that depletion induced phase separation should occur at low disc

  5. Hard, soft, and sticky spheres for dynamical studies of disordered colloidal packings

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    Gratale, Matthew Daniel

    This thesis describes experiments which explore the role of interparticle interactions as a means to alter, and control, the properties of dense colloidal packings. The first set of experiments studied phonon modes in two-dimensional colloidal crystals composed of soft microgel particles with hard polystyrene particle dopants distributed randomly on the triangular lattice. By mixing hard and soft spheres we obtain close-packed lattices of spheres with random bond strength disorder, textit{i.e.,} the effective springs coupling nearest-neighbors are either very stiff, very soft, or of intermediate stiffness. Video microscopy, particle tracking, and covariance matrix techniques are employed to derive the phonon modes of the corresponding ``shadow'' crystals, thereby enabling us to study how bond strength disorder affects vibrational properties. Hard and soft particles participate equally in low frequency phonon modes, and the samples exhibit Debye-like density of states behavior characteristic of crystals at low frequency. For mid- and high-frequency phonons, the relative participation of hard versus soft particles in each mode is found to vary systematically with dopant concentration. The second set of experiments investigated depletion interaction potentials between micron-size colloidal particles induced by nanometer-scale micelles composed of the surfactant hexaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C12E6). The strength and range of the depletion interaction is revealed to arise from variations in shape anisotropy of the rod-like surfactant micelles. This shape anisotropy increases with increasing sample temperature. By fitting the colloidal interaction potentials to theoretical models, we extract the rod-like micelle length and shape anisotropy as a function of temperature. This work introduces micelle shape anisotropy as a means to control interparticle interactions in colloidal suspensions, and shows how interparticle depletion potentials of micron-scale objects

  6. Isotropic-nematic phase equilibria of hard-sphere chain fluids-Pure components and binary mixtures.

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    Oyarzún, Bernardo; van Westen, Thijs; Vlugt, Thijs J H

    2015-02-14

    The isotropic-nematic phase equilibria of linear hard-sphere chains and binary mixtures of them are obtained from Monte Carlo simulations. In addition, the infinite dilution solubility of hard spheres in the coexisting isotropic and nematic phases is determined. Phase equilibria calculations are performed in an expanded formulation of the Gibbs ensemble. This method allows us to carry out an extensive simulation study on the phase equilibria of pure linear chains with a length of 7 to 20 beads (7-mer to 20-mer), and binary mixtures of an 8-mer with a 14-, a 16-, and a 19-mer. The effect of molecular flexibility on the isotropic-nematic phase equilibria is assessed on the 8-mer+19-mer mixture by allowing one and two fully flexible beads at the end of the longest molecule. Results for binary mixtures are compared with the theoretical predictions of van Westen et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 140, 034504 (2014)]. Excellent agreement between theory and simulations is observed. The infinite dilution solubility of hard spheres in the hard-sphere fluids is obtained by the Widom test-particle insertion method. As in our previous work, on pure linear hard-sphere chains [B. Oyarzún, T. van Westen, and T. J. H. Vlugt, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 204905 (2013)], a linear relationship between relative infinite dilution solubility (relative to that of hard spheres in a hard-sphere fluid) and packing fraction is found. It is observed that binary mixtures greatly increase the solubility difference between coexisting isotropic and nematic phases compared to pure components.

  7. Enhanced KR-Fundamental Measure Functional for Inhomogeneous Binary and Ternary Hard Sphere Mixtures

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    ZHOU Shi-Qi

    2011-01-01

    An enhanced KR-fundarnentai measure functional (FMF) is elaborated and employed to investigate binary and ternary hard sphere fluids near a planar hard wall or confined within two planar hard wails separated by certain interval.The present enhanced KR-FMF incorporates respectively, for aim of comparison, a recent 3rd-order expansion equation of state (EOS) and a Boublik's extension of Kolafa's EOS for HS mixtures.It is indicated that the two versions of the EOS lead to, in the framework of the enhanced KR-FMF, similar density profiles, but the 3rd-order EOS is more consistent with an exact scaled particle theory (SPT) relation than the BK EOS.Extensive comparison between the enhanced KR-FMF-3rd-order EOS predictions and corresponding density profiles produced in different periods indicates the excellent performance of the present enhanced KR-FMF-3rd-order EOS in comparison with other available density functional approximations (DFAs).There are two anomalous situations from whose density profiles all DFAs studied deviate significantly; however, subsequent new computer simulation results for state conditions similar to the two anomalous situations are in very excellent agreement with the present enhanced KR-FMF-3rd-order EOS.The present paper indicates that (i) the validity of the “naive” substitution elaborated in the present paper and peculiar to the original KR-FMF is still in operation even if inhomogeneous mixtures are being dealt with; (ii) the high accuracy and seff-consistency of the third order EOS seem to allow for application of the KR-FMF-third order EOS to more severe state conditions; and (iii) the “naive” substitution enables very easy the combination of the original KR-FMF with future's more accurate but potentially more complicated EOS of hard sphere mixtures.

  8. Fabrication of Colloidal Laves Phases via Hard Tetramers and Hard Spheres: Bulk Phase Diagram and Sedimentation Behavior.

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    Avvisati, Guido; Dasgupta, Tonnishtha; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2017-08-22

    Colloidal photonic crystals display peculiar optical properties that make them particularly suitable for application in different fields. However, the low packing fraction of the targeted structures usually poses a real challenge in the fabrication stage. Here, we propose a route to colloidal photonic crystals via a binary mixture of hard tetramers and hard spheres. By combining theory and computer simulations, we calculate the phase diagram as well as the stacking diagram of the mixture and show that a colloidal analogue of the MgCu2 Laves phase-which can serve as a precursor of a photonic band-gap structure-is a thermodynamically stable phase in a large region of the phase diagram. Our findings show a relatively large coexistence region between the fluid and the Laves phase, which is potentially accessible by experiments. Furthermore, we determine the sedimentation behavior of the suggested mixture, by identifying several stacking sequences in the sediment. Our work uncovers a self-assembly path toward a photonic structure with a band gap in the visible region.

  9. A Global Investigation About Hard Core Attractive Yukawa Approximation and Adhesive Hard Sphere Approximation for Structure of Colloidal Dispersion Systems

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    ZHOU Shi-Qi

    2005-01-01

    The accuracy of hard core attractive Yukawa (HCAY) potential and adhesive hard sphere (AH) potential in representing the structure factor of short range square well potential and Asakura and Oosawa (AO) depletion potential is examined by comparing theoretical predictions with the existing simulation data and the present numerical results from the non-linear optimized random phase approximation closure for Ornstein-Zernike equation. For the case of square-well (SW) potential, it is shown that the structure factor of HCAY potential based on a recently proposed semi-analytical expression for the radial distribution function can describe the structure factor of SW potential with reduced well width λ≤ 2 only if the reduced contact potential βesw ≤ 0.25, while the analytical expression for the structure factor of AH potential under Percus-Yevick (PY) approximation completely fails for the case of λ> 1.2. For the case of AO depletion potential, the domain of validity of both HCAY potential and AH potential is complementary. With the above analysis and considering the solid-liquid transition of the AH potential with an adhesive parameter τ below 1.31 cannot be predicted by modified weighted density approximation, the role played by the HCAY potential about the mapping manipulation should not be ignored.

  10. Fabrication of Colloidal Laves Phases via Hard Tetramers and Hard Spheres: Bulk Phase Diagram and Sedimentation Behavior

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    2017-01-01

    Colloidal photonic crystals display peculiar optical properties that make them particularly suitable for application in different fields. However, the low packing fraction of the targeted structures usually poses a real challenge in the fabrication stage. Here, we propose a route to colloidal photonic crystals via a binary mixture of hard tetramers and hard spheres. By combining theory and computer simulations, we calculate the phase diagram as well as the stacking diagram of the mixture and show that a colloidal analogue of the MgCu2 Laves phase—which can serve as a precursor of a photonic band-gap structure—is a thermodynamically stable phase in a large region of the phase diagram. Our findings show a relatively large coexistence region between the fluid and the Laves phase, which is potentially accessible by experiments. Furthermore, we determine the sedimentation behavior of the suggested mixture, by identifying several stacking sequences in the sediment. Our work uncovers a self-assembly path toward a photonic structure with a band gap in the visible region. PMID:28787126

  11. Decay of correlation functions in hard-sphere mixtures: structural crossover.

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    Grodon, C; Dijkstra, M; Evans, R; Roth, R

    2004-10-22

    We investigate the decay of pair correlation functions in a homogeneous (bulk) binary mixture of hard spheres. At a given state point the asymptotic decay r-->infinity of all three correlation functions is governed by a common exponential decay length and a common wavelength of oscillations. Provided the mixture is sufficiently asymmetric, size ratios q less than or approximately 0.7, we find that the common wavelength reflects either the size of the small or that of the big spheres. By analyzing the (complex) poles of the partial structure factors we find a sharp structural crossover line in the phase diagram. On one side of this line the common wavelength is approximately the diameter of the smaller sized spheres whereas on the other side it is approximately the diameter of the bigger ones; the wavelength of the longest ranged oscillations changes discontinuously at the structural crossover line. Using density functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations we show that structural crossover also manifests itself in the intermediate range behavior of the pair correlation functions and we comment on the relevance of this observation for real (colloidal) mixtures. In highly asymmetric mixtures, q< or =0.1, where there is metastable fluid-fluid transition, we find a Fisher-Widom line with two branches. This line separates a region of the phase diagram where the decay of pair correlations is oscillatory from one in which it is monotonic. (c) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

  12. System of elastic hard spheres which mimics the transport properties of a granular gas.

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    Santos, Andrés; Astillero, Antonio

    2005-09-01

    The prototype model of a fluidized granular system is a gas of inelastic hard spheres (IHS) with a constant coefficient of normal restitution alpha. Using a kinetic theory description we investigate the two basic ingredients that a model of elastic hard spheres (EHS) must have in order to mimic the most relevant transport properties of the underlying IHS gas. First, the EHS gas is assumed to be subject to the action of an effective drag force with a friction constant equal to half the cooling rate of the IHS gas, the latter being evaluated in the local equilibrium approximation for simplicity. Second, the collision rate of the EHS gas is reduced by a factor (1/2)(1+alpha), relative to that of the IHS gas. Comparison between the respective Navier-Stokes transport coefficients shows that the EHS model reproduces almost perfectly the self-diffusion coefficient and reasonably well the two transport coefficients defining the heat flux, the shear viscosity being reproduced within a deviation less than 14% (for alpha > or = 0.5). Moreover, the EHS model is seen to agree with the fundamental collision integrals of inelastic mixtures and dense gases. The approximate equivalence between IHS and EHS is used to propose kinetic models for inelastic collisions as simple extensions of known kinetic models for elastic collisions.

  13. Fundamental measure density functional theory study of hard spheres solid-liquid interface

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    Warshavsky, Vadim

    2005-03-01

    Interfacial free energy is an important characteristic of solid-liquid interface as it is one of the crucial parameters in many formula of interface thermodynamics such the nucleation theory. Previously different aspects of crystal-melt interfaces were intensively studied with simulations [1,2,3], but theoretical studies with Density Functional Theories (DFT) are inconclusive [4,5]. In this report the structure of hard spheres fcc crystal-melt interfaces and the anisotropy of the interfacial free energies are studied using the Rosenfeld's Fundamental Measure DFT as such a functional leads to reliable coexistence results not only for the hard sphere system but also for the Lennard-Jones systems [6]. The parameters of interfacial density profile were calculated by a proper minimization procedure. For the equilibrium density profile the interfacial free energies were compared with simulation results. 1. R.L.Davidchak and B.B.Laird, Phys.Rev.Lett., 85, 4751(2000). 2. J.J. Hoyt, M. Asta and A. Karma, Phys.Rev.Lett., 86, 5530 (2001). 3. J.R.Morris and X.Song, J.Chem.Phys., 119, 3920 (2003). 4. W.A.Curtin, Phys.Rev.B, 39, 6775(1989). 5. R.Ohnesorge, H.Lowen, and H.Wagner, Phys.Rev.E, 50, 4801 (1994). 6. V.Warshavsky and X.Song, Phys.Rev.E, 69, 061113 (2004).

  14. Multicomponent adhesive hard sphere models and short-ranged attractive interactions in colloidal or micellar solutions.

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    Gazzillo, Domenico; Giacometti, Achille; Fantoni, Riccardo; Sollich, Peter

    2006-11-01

    We investigate the dependence of the stickiness parameters tij=1/(12tauij)--where the tauij are the conventional Baxter parameters--on the solute diameters sigmai and sigmaj in multicomponent sticky hard sphere (SHS) models for fluid mixtures of mesoscopic neutral particles. A variety of simple but realistic interaction potentials, utilized in the literature to model short-ranged attractions present in real solutions of colloids or reverse micelles, is reviewed. We consider: (i) van der Waals attractions, (ii) hard-sphere-depletion forces, (iii) polymer-coated colloids, and (iv) solvation effects (in particular hydrophobic bonding and attractions between reverse micelles of water-in-oil microemulsions). We map each of these potentials onto an equivalent SHS model by requiring the equality of the second virial coefficients. The main finding is that, for most of the potentials considered, the size-dependence of tij(T,sigmai,sigmaj) can be approximated by essentially the same expression, i.e., a simple polynomial in the variable sigmaisigmaj/sigmaij2, with coefficients depending on the temperature T, or--for depletion interactions--on the packing fraction eta0 of the depletant particles.

  15. Physics of Hard Sphere Experiment: Scattering, Rheology and Microscopy Study of Colloidal Particles

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    Cheng, Z.-D.; Zhu, J.; Phan, S.-E.; Russel, W. B.; Chaikin, P. M.; Meyer, W. V.

    2002-01-01

    The Physics of Hard Sphere Experiment has two incarnations: the first as a scattering and rheology experiment on STS-83 and STS-94 and the second as a microscopy experiment to be performed in the future on LMM on the space station. Here we describe some of the quantitative and qualitative results from previous flights on the dynamics of crystallization in microgravity and especially the observed interaction of growing crystallites in the coexistance regime. To clarify rheological measurements we also present ground based experiments on the low shear rate viscosity and diffusion coefficient of several hard sphere experiments at high volume fraction. We also show how these experiments will be performed with confocal microscopy and laser tweezers in our lab and as preparation for the phAse II experiments on LMM. One of the main aims of the microscopy study will be the control of colloidal samples using an array of applied fields with an eye toward colloidal architectures. Temperature gradients, electric field gradients, laser tweezers and a variety of switchable imposed surface patterns are used toward this control.

  16. Communication: Dynamical density functional theory for dense suspensions of colloidal hard spheres.

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    Stopper, Daniel; Roth, Roland; Hansen-Goos, Hendrik

    2015-11-14

    We study structural relaxation of colloidal hard spheres undergoing Brownian motion using dynamical density functional theory. Contrary to the partial linearization route [D. Stopper et al., Phys. Rev. E 92, 022151 (2015)] which amounts to using different free energy functionals for the self and distinct part of the van Hove function G(r, t), we put forward a unified description employing a single functional for both components. To this end, interactions within the self part are removed via the zero-dimensional limit of the functional with a quenched self component. In addition, we make use of a theoretical result for the long-time mobility in hard-sphere suspensions, which we adapt to the inhomogeneous fluid. Our results for G(r, t) are in excellent agreement with numerical simulations even in the dense liquid phase. In particular, our theory accurately yields the crossover from free diffusion at short times to the slower long-time diffusion in a crowded environment.

  17. Thermodynamic Functions of Solvation of Hydrocarbons, Noble Gases, and Hard Spheres in Tetrahydrofuran-Water Mixtures.

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    Sedov, I A; Magsumov, T I

    2015-07-16

    Thermodynamic solvation properties of mixtures of water with tetrahydrofuran at 298 K are studied. The Gibbs free energies and enthalpies of solvation of n-octane and toluene are determined experimentally. For molecular dynamics simulations of the binary solvent, we have modified a TraPPE-UA model for tetrahydrofuran and combined it with the SPC/E potential for water. The excess thermodynamic functions of neon, xenon, and hard spheres with two different radii are calculated using the particle insertion method. Simulated and real systems share the same characteristic trends for the thermodynamic functions. A maximum is present on dependencies of the enthalpy of solvation from the composition of solvent at 70-90 mol % water, making it higher than in both of the cosolvents. It is caused by a high enthalpy of cavity formation in the mixtures rich with water due to solvent reorganization around the cavity, which is shown by calculation of the enthalpy of solvation of hard spheres. Addition of relatively small amounts of tetrahydrofuran to water effectively suppresses the hydrophobic effect, leading to a quick increase of both the entropy and enthalpy of cavity formation and solvation of low polar molecules.

  18. Theory of gelation, vitrification, and activated barrier hopping in mixtures of hard and sticky spheres.

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    Viehman, Douglas C; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2008-02-28

    Naive mode coupling theory (NMCT) and the nonlinear stochastic Langevin equation theory of activated dynamics have been generalized to mixtures of spherical particles. Two types of ideal nonergodicity transitions are predicted corresponding to localization of both, or only one, species. The NMCT transition signals a dynamical crossover to activated barrier hopping dynamics. For binary mixtures of equal diameter hard and attractive spheres, a mixture composition sensitive "glass-melting" type of phenomenon is predicted at high total packing fractions and weak attractions. As the total packing fraction decreases, a transition to partial localization occurs corresponding to the coexistence of a tightly localized sticky species in a gel-like state with a fluid of hard spheres. Complex behavior of the localization lengths and shear moduli exist because of the competition between excluded volume caging forces and attraction-induced physical bond formation between sticky particles. Beyond the NMCT transition, a two-dimensional nonequilibrium free energy surface emerges, which quantifies cooperative activated motions. The barrier locations and heights are sensitive to the relative amplitude of the cooperative displacements of the different species.

  19. Transport coefficients for relativistic gas mixtures of hard-sphere particles

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    Kremer, Gilberto M.; Moratto, Valdemar

    2017-04-01

    In the present work, we calculate the transport coefficients for a relativistic binary mixture of diluted gases of hard-sphere particles. The gas mixture under consideration is studied within the relativistic Boltzmann equation in the presence of a gravitational field described by the isotropic Schwarzschild metric. We obtain the linear constitutive equations for the thermodynamic fluxes. The driving forces for the fluxes of particles and heat will appear with terms proportional to the gradient of gravitational potential. We discuss the consequences of the gravitational dependence on the driving forces. We obtain general integral expressions for the transport coefficients and evaluate them by assuming a hard-sphere interaction amongst the particles when they collide and not very disparate masses and diameters of the particles of each species. The obtained results are expressed in terms of their temperature dependence through the relativistic parameter which gives the ratio of the rest energy of the particles and the thermal energy of the gas mixture. Plots are given to analyze the behavior of the transport coefficients with respect to the temperature when small variations in masses and diameters of the particles of the species are present. We also analyze for each coefficient the corresponding limits to a single gas so the non-relativistic and ultra-relativistic limiting cases are recovered as well. Furthermore, we show that the transport coefficients have a dependence on the gravitational field.

  20. Solubilities of Solutes in Ionic Liquids from a SimplePerturbed-Hard-Sphere Theory

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    Qin, Yuan; Prausnitz, John M.

    2005-09-20

    In recent years, several publications have provided solubilities of ordinary gases and liquids in ionic liquids. This work reports an initial attempt to correlate the experimental data using a perturbed-hard-sphere theory; the perturbation is based on well-known molecular physics when the solution is considered as a dielectric continuum. For this correlation, the most important input parameters are hard-sphere diameters of the solute and of the cation and anion that constitute the ionic liquid. In addition, the correlation uses the solvent density and the solute's polarizability and dipole and quadrupole moments, if any. Dispersion-energy parameters are obtained from global correlation of solubility data. Results are given for twenty solutes in several ionic liquids at normal temperatures; in addition, some results are given for gases in two molten salts at very high temperatures. Because the theory used here is much simplified, and because experimental uncertainties (especially for gaseous solutes) are often large, the accuracy of the correlation presented here is not high; in general, predicted solubilities (Henry's constants) agree with experiment to within roughly {+-} 70%. As more reliable experimental data become available, modifications in the characterizing parameters are likely to improve accuracy. Nevertheless, even in its present form, the correlation may be useful for solvent screening in engineering design.

  1. Pseudo hard-sphere potential for use in continuous molecular-dynamics simulation of spherical and chain molecules.

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    Jover, J; Haslam, A J; Galindo, A; Jackson, G; Müller, E A

    2012-10-14

    We present a continuous pseudo-hard-sphere potential based on a cut-and-shifted Mie (generalized Lennard-Jones) potential with exponents (50, 49). Using this potential one can mimic the volumetric, structural, and dynamic properties of the discontinuous hard-sphere potential over the whole fluid range. The continuous pseudo potential has the advantage that it may be incorporated directly into off-the-shelf molecular-dynamics code, allowing the user to capitalise on existing hardware and software advances. Simulation results for the compressibility factor of the fluid and solid phases of our pseudo hard spheres are presented and compared both to the Carnahan-Starling equation of state of the fluid and published data, the differences being indistinguishable within simulation uncertainty. The specific form of the potential is employed to simulate flexible chains formed from these pseudo hard spheres at contact (pearl-necklace model) for m(c) = 4, 5, 7, 8, 16, 20, 100, 201, and 500 monomer segments. The compressibility factor of the chains per unit of monomer, m(c), approaches a limiting value at reasonably small values, m(c) hard spheres, with diameter ratios of 3:1, 5:1, 20:1 over the whole composition range.

  2. Rovibrationally Inelastic Atom-Molecule Collision Cross Sections from a Hard Sphere Model

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    Lashner, Jacob; Stewart, Brian

    2016-05-01

    Hard-shell models have long been used to elucidate the principal features of molecular energy transfer and exchange reaction in the A + BC system. Nevertheless, no three-dimensional hard-shell calculation of inelastic collision cross sections has been reported. This work aims to fill that void. A particular motivation comes from our experimental results, which show the importance of equatorial impacts in the vibrational excitation process. Working with the simple hard-sphere model, we incorporated secondary impacts, defined as those in which A strikes C after striking B. Such collisions are important in systems such as Li2 - X, in which vibrational energy transfer occurs principally through side impacts. We discuss the complexity this adds to the model and present fully three-dimensional cross sections for rovibrational excitation of an initially stationary molecule in the homonuclear A + B2 system, examining the cross section as a function of the masses and radii of the atoms. We show how the features in the cross section evolve as these parameters are varied and calculate the contribution of secondary (near-equatorial) impacts to the dynamics. We compare with recent measurements in our laboratory and with the results of quasiclassical trajectories.

  3. Speeds of sound and isothermal compressibility of ternary liquid systems: Application of Flory's statistical theory and hard sphere models

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    Vimla Vyas

    2008-04-01

    Speeds of sound and densities of three ternary liquid systems namely, toluene + -heptane + -hexane (I), cyclohexane + -heptane + -hexane (II) and -hexane + - heptane + -decane (III) have been measured as a function of the composition at 298.15 K at atmospheric pressure. The experimental isothermal compressibility has been evaluated from measured values of speeds of sound and density. The isothermal compressibility of these mixtures has also been computed theoretically using different models for hard sphere equations of state and Flory's statistical theory. Computed values of isothermal compressibility have been compared with experimental findings. A satisfactory agreement has been observed. The superiority of Flory's statistical theory has been established quite reasonably over hard sphere models.

  4. The early crystal nucleation process in hard spheres shows synchronised ordering and densification

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    Berryman, Joshua T.; Anwar, Muhammad; Dorosz, Sven; Schilling, Tanja

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the early part of the crystal nucleation process in the hard sphere fluid using data produced by computer simulation. We find that hexagonal order manifests continuously in the overcompressed liquid, beginning approximately one diffusion time before the appearance of the first "solid-like" particle of the nucleating cluster, and that a collective influx of particles towards the nucleation site occurs simultaneously to the ordering process: the density increases leading to nucleation are generated by the same individual particle displacements as the increases in order. We rule out the presence of qualitative differences in the early nucleation process between medium and low overcompressions and also provide evidence against any separation of translational and orientational order on the relevant lengthscales.

  5. Monte Carlo Simulations of Density Profiles for Hard-Sphere Chain Fluids Confined Between Surfaces

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    2001-01-01

    Covering a wide range of bulk densities, density profiles for hard-sphere chain fluids (HSCFs) with chain length of 3,4,8,20,32 and 64 confined between two surfaces were obtained by Monte Carlo simulations using extended continuum configurational-bias (ECCB) method. It is shown that the enrichment of beads near surfaces is happened at high densities due to the bulk packing effect, on the contrary, the depletion is revealed at low densities owing to the configurational entropic contribution. Comparisons with those calculated by density functional theory presented by Cai et al. indicate that the agreement between simulations and predictions is good. Compressibility factors of bulk HSCFs calculated using volume fractions at surfaces were also used to test the reliability of various equations of state of HSCFs by different authors.

  6. Thermal properties of an impurity immersed in a granular gas of rough hard spheres

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    Vega Reyes Francisco

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We study in this work the dynamics of a granular impurity immersed in a low-density granular gas of identical particles. For description of the kinetics of the granular gas and the impurity particles we use the rough hard sphere collisional model. We take into account the effects of non-conservation of energy upon particle collision. We find an (approximate analytical solution of the pertinent kinetic equations for the single-particle velocity distribution functions that reproduces reasonably well the properties of translational/rotational energy non-equipartition. We assess the accuracy of the theoretical solution by comparing with computer simulations. For this, we use two independent computer data sets, from molecular dynamics (MD and from Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method (DSMC. Both approach well, with different degrees, the kinetic theory within a reasonable range of parameter values.

  7. Thermal properties of an impurity immersed in a granular gas of rough hard spheres

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    Vega Reyes, Francisco; Lasanta, Antonio; Santos, Andrés; Garzó, Vicente

    2017-06-01

    We study in this work the dynamics of a granular impurity immersed in a low-density granular gas of identical particles. For description of the kinetics of the granular gas and the impurity particles we use the rough hard sphere collisional model. We take into account the effects of non-conservation of energy upon particle collision. We find an (approximate) analytical solution of the pertinent kinetic equations for the single-particle velocity distribution functions that reproduces reasonably well the properties of translational/rotational energy non-equipartition. We assess the accuracy of the theoretical solution by comparing with computer simulations. For this, we use two independent computer data sets, from molecular dynamics (MD) and from Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method (DSMC). Both approach well, with different degrees, the kinetic theory within a reasonable range of parameter values.

  8. Polydisperse hard spheres: crystallization kinetics in small systems and role of local structure

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    Campo, Matteo; Speck, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    We study numerically the crystallization of a hard-sphere mixture with 8% polydispersity. Although often used as a model glass former, for small system sizes we observe crystallization in molecular dynamics simulations. This opens the possibility to study the competition between crystallization and structural relaxation of the melt, which typically is out of reach due to the disparate timescales. We quantify the dependence of relaxation and crystallization times on density and system size. For one density and system size we perform a detailed committor analysis to investigate the suitability of local structures as order parameters to describe the crystallization process. We find that local structures are strongly correlated with generic bond order and add little information to the reaction coordinate.

  9. ADSORPTION OF HARD SPHERE FLUID IN POROUS MATERIAL: A MONTE CARLO SIMULATION APPROACH FOR PRESSURE CALCULATION

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    P.Orea

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available We have performed Monte Carlo simulations in the canonical ensemble of a hard-sphere fluid adsorbed in microporous media. The pressure of the adsorbed fluid is calculated by using an original procedure that includes the calculations of the pressure tensor components during the simulation. In order to confirm the equivalence of bulk and adsorbed fluid pressures, we have exploited the mechanical condition of equilibrium and performed additional canonical Monte Carlo simulations in a super system "bulk fluid + adsorbed fluid". When the configuration of a model porous media permits each of its particles to be in contact with adsorbed fluid particles, we found that these pressures are equal. Unlike the grand canonical Monte Carlo method, the proposed calculation approach can be used efficiently to obtain adsorption isotherms over a wide range of fluid densities and porosities of adsorbent.

  10. Correlation between dynamical and structural heterogeneities in colloidal hard-sphere suspensions

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    Golde, Sebastian; Palberg, Thomas; Schöpe, Hans Joachim

    2016-07-01

    Dynamical and structural heterogeneities have long been thought to play a key role in a unified picture of solidification in view of the two competitive processes of crystallization and vitrification. Here, we study these heterogeneities by means of a combination of dynamic and static light-scattering techniques applied to the simplest model system exhibiting crystallization and vitrification: the colloidal hard-sphere system. Our method enables us to quantify and correlate the temporal evolution of the amount of ordered clusters (precursors) and the amount of slow particles. Our analysis shows that their temporal evolutions are closely related and that there is an intimate link between structural and dynamic heterogeneities, crystal nucleation and the non-crystallization transition.

  11. Three Semi-empirical Analytic Expressions for the Radial Distribution Function of Hard Spheres

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    SUN Jiu-Xun; CAI Ling-Cang; WU Qiang; JING Fu-Qian

    2004-01-01

    Three simple analytic expressions satisfying the limitation condition at low densities for the radial distribution function of hard spheres are developed in terms of a polynomial expansion of nonlinear base functions and the Carnahan-Starling equation of state. The simplicity and precision for these expressions are superior to the well-known Percus-Yevick expression. The coefficients contained in these expressions have been determined by fitting the Monte Carlo data for the first coordination shell, and by fitting both the Monte Carlo data and the numerical results of PercusYevick expression for the second coordination shell. One of the expressions has been applied to develop an analytic equation of state for the square-well fluid, and the numerical results are in good agreement with the computer simulation data.

  12. Equation of state of sticky-hard-sphere fluids in the chemical-potential route

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    Rohrmann, René D.; Santos, Andrés

    2014-04-01

    The coupling-parameter method, whereby an extra particle is progressively coupled to the rest of the particles, is applied to the sticky-hard-sphere fluid to obtain its equation of state in the so-called chemical-potential route (μ route). As a consistency test, the results for one-dimensional sticky particles are shown to be exact. Results corresponding to the three-dimensional case (Baxter's model) are derived within the Percus-Yevick approximation by using different prescriptions for the dependence of the interaction potential of the extra particle on the coupling parameter. The critical point and the coexistence curve of the gas-liquid phase transition are obtained in the μ route and compared with predictions from other thermodynamics routes and from computer simulations. The results show that the μ route yields a general better description than the virial, energy, compressibility, and zero-separation routes.

  13. The relationship between efficient packing and glass-forming ability in hard-sphere systems

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    Zhang, Kai

    2014-03-01

    When supercooled liquids are rapidly quenched at rates R exceeding a critical value Rc, they avoid crystallization and form amorphous solids, such as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). However, engineering applications of BMGs are often limited by the high cost of the constituent elements and their small casting thickness. Thus, we seek to design particular alloys with controllable stoichiometry and maximal critical cooling rate Rc. We perform numerical simulations to compress binary hard-sphere mixtures into glasses as a function of the particle size ratio and stoichiometry. We measure the packing fraction and local structural order for each glass to determine the critical compression rate. We find that large packing fraction differences between the crystalline and amorphous states implies poor glass forming ability, whereas small packing fraction differences yield better glass-formers. In addition, we show that an abundance of icosahedral order in amorphous packings enhances the glass forming ability of the mixtures. NSF MRSEC DMR-1119826, DMR-1006537, CBET-0968013.

  14. Virial coefficients, thermodynamic properties, and fluid-fluid transition of nonadditive hard-sphere mixtures.

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    Santos, Andrés; López de Haro, Mariano; Yuste, Santos B

    2010-05-28

    Different theoretical approaches for the thermodynamic properties and the equation of state for multicomponent mixtures of nonadditive hard spheres in d dimensions are presented in a unified way. These include the theory by Hamad, our previous formulation, the original MIX1 theory, a recently proposed modified MIX1 theory, as well as a nonlinear extension of the MIX1 theory proposed in this paper. Explicit expressions for the compressibility factor, Helmholtz free energy, and second, third, and fourth virial coefficients are provided. A comparison is carried out with recent Monte Carlo data for the virial coefficients of asymmetric mixtures and with available simulation data for the compressibility factor, the critical consolute point, and the liquid-liquid coexistence curves. The merits and limitations of each theory are pointed out.

  15. Experimental observation of structural crossover in binary mixtures of colloidal hard spheres.

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    Baumgartl, Jörg; Dullens, Roel P A; Dijkstra, Marjolein; Roth, Roland; Bechinger, Clemens

    2007-05-11

    Using confocal microscopy, we investigate the structure of binary mixtures of colloidal hard spheres with size ratio q=0.61. As a function of the packing fraction of the two particle species, we observe a marked change of the dominant wavelength in the pair-correlation function. This behavior is in excellent agreement with a recently predicted structural crossover in such mixtures. In addition, the repercussions of structural crossover on the real-space structure of a binary fluid are analyzed. We suggest a relation between crossover and the lateral extension of networks containing only equally-sized particles that are connected by nearest-neighbor bonds. This is supported by Monte Carlo simulations which are performed at different packing fractions and size ratios.

  16. Electro-Optomechanical Transduction & Quantum Hard-Sphere Model for Dissipative Rydberg-EIT Media

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    Zeuthen, Emil

    transduction functionality into the well-established framework of electrical engineering, thereby facilitating its implementation in potential applications such as nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and radio astronomy. We consider such optomechanical sensing of weak electrical signals and discuss how...... the equivalent circuit formalism can be used to optimize the electrical circuit design. We also discuss the parameter requirements for transducing microwave photons in the quantum regime. Part II: Effective photon-photon interactions can be engineered by combining long-range Rydberg interactions between atoms....... We introduce a new approach to analyzing this challenging many-body problem in the limit of large optical depth per blockade radius. The idea is to separate the single-polariton EIT physics from the Rydberg-Rydberg interactions in a serialized manner while using a hard-sphere model for the latter...

  17. A Thermodynamically-Consistent Non-Ideal Stochastic Hard-Sphere Fluid

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    Donev, A; Alder, B J; Garcia, A L

    2009-08-03

    A grid-free variant of the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method is proposed, named the Isotropic DSMC (I-DSMC) method, that is suitable for simulating collision-dominated dense fluid flows. The I-DSMC algorithm eliminates all grid artifacts from the traditional DSMC algorithm and is Galilean invariant and microscopically isotropic. The stochastic collision rules in I-DSMC are modified to introduce a non-ideal structure factor that gives consistent compressibility, as first proposed in [Phys. Rev. Lett. 101:075902 (2008)]. The resulting Stochastic Hard Sphere Dynamics (SHSD) fluid is empirically shown to be thermodynamically identical to a deterministic Hamiltonian system of penetrable spheres interacting with a linear core pair potential, well-described by the hypernetted chain (HNC) approximation. We develop a kinetic theory for the SHSD fluid to obtain estimates for the transport coefficients that are in excellent agreement with particle simulations over a wide range of densities and collision rates. The fluctuating hydrodynamic behavior of the SHSD fluid is verified by comparing its dynamic structure factor against theory based on the Landau-Lifshitz Navier-Stokes equations. We also study the Brownian motion of a nano-particle suspended in an SHSD fluid and find a long-time power-law tail in its velocity autocorrelation function consistent with hydrodynamic theory and molecular dynamics calculations.

  18. Dielectric constant of the polarizable dipolar hard sphere fluid studied by Monte Carlo simulation and theories

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A systematic Monte Carlo (MC simulation and perturbation theoretical (PT study is reported for the dielectric constant of the polarizable dipolar hard sphere (PDHS fluid. We take the polarizability of the molecules into account in two different ways. In a continuum approach we place the permanent dipole of the molecule into a sphere of dielectric constant ε∞ in the spirit of Onsager. The high frequency dielectric constant ε∞ is calculated from the Clausius-Mosotti relation, while the dielectric constant of the polarizable fluid is obtained from the Kirkwood-Fröhlich equation. In the molecular approach, the polarizability is built into the model on the molecular level, which makes the interactions non-pairwise additive. Here we use Wertheim's renormalized PT method to calculate the induced dipole moment, while the dielectric constant is calculated from our recently introduced formula. We also apply a series expansion for the dielectric constant both in the continuum and the molecular approach. These series expansions ensure a better agreement with simulation results. The agreement between our MC data and the PT results in the molecular approach is excellent for low to moderate dipole moments and polarizabilities. At stronger dipolar interactions ergodicity problems and anizotropic behaviour appear where simulation results become uncertain and the theoretical approach becomes invalid.

  19. Motions in binary mixtures of hard colloidal spheres: melting of the glass.

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    Williams, S R; van Megen, W

    2001-10-01

    Dynamic light-scattering experiments are performed on binary mixtures of hard-sphere-like colloidal suspensions with a size ratio of 0.6. The optical properties of the particles are such that the relative contrast of the two species is very sensitive to temperature, a feature that is exploited to obtain the three partial coherent intermediate scattering functions. The glass transition is identified by the onset of structural arrest, or arrest of the alpha process, on the time scale of the experiment. This is observed in a one-component suspension at a packing fraction of 0.575. The intermediate scattering functions measured on the mixtures quantify how, on introduction of the smaller spheres, the alpha process is released, i.e., how the glass melts. Increasing the fraction of smaller particles causes the alpha process to speed up but, at a given wave vector, also incurs a change to its amplitude in proportion to the change in the (partial) structure factor.

  20. Rescaled density expansions and demixing in hard-sphere binary mixtures.

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    López de Haro, M; Tejero, C F

    2004-10-08

    The demixing transition of a binary fluid mixture of additive hard spheres is analyzed for different size asymmetries by starting from the exact low-density expansion of the pressure. Already within the second virial approximation the fluid separates into two phases of different composition with a lower consolute critical point. By successively incorporating the third, fourth, and fifth virial coefficients, the critical consolute point moves to higher values of the pressure and to lower values of the partial number fraction of the large spheres. When the exact low-density expansion of the pressure is rescaled to higher densities as in the Percus-Yevick theory, by adding more exact virial coefficients a different qualitative movement of the critical consolute point in the phase diagram is found. It is argued that the Percus-Yevick factor appearing in many empirical equations of state for the mixture has a deep influence on the location of the critical consolute point, so that the resulting phase diagram for a prescribed equation has to be taken with caution.

  1. Equilibrium theory of the hard sphere fluid and glasses in the metastable regime up to jamming. II. Structure and application to hopping dynamics

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    Jadrich, Ryan; Schweizer, Kenneth S.

    2013-08-01

    Building on the equation-of-state theory of Paper I, we construct a new thermodynamically consistent integral equation theory for the equilibrium pair structure of 3-dimensional monodisperse hard spheres applicable up to the jamming transition. The approach is built on a two Yukawa generalized mean spherical approximation closure for the direct correlation function (DCF) beyond contact that reproduces the exact contact value of the pair correlation function and isothermal compressibility. The detailed construction of the DCF is guided by the desire to capture its distinctive features as jamming is approached. Comparison of the theory with jamming limit simulations reveals good agreement for many, but not all, of the key features of the pair correlation function. The theory is more accurate in Fourier space where predictions for the structure factor and DCF are accurate over a wide range of wavevectors from significantly below the first cage peak to very high wavevectors. New features of the equilibrium pair structure are predicted for packing fractions below jamming but well above crystallization. For example, the oscillatory DCF decays very slowly at large wavevectors for high packing fractions as a consequence of the unusual structure of the radial distribution function at small separations. The structural theory is used as input to the nonlinear Langevin equation theory of activated dynamics, and calculations of the alpha relaxation time based on single particle hopping are compared to recent colloid experiments and simulations at very high volume fractions.

  2. Shells of charge: a density functional theory for charged hard spheres.

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    Roth, Roland; Gillespie, Dirk

    2016-06-22

    A functional for the electrostatic excess free-energy for charged, hard sphere fluids is proposed. The functional is derived from two complementary, but equivalent, interpretations of the mean spherical approximation (MSA). The first combines fundamental measure theory (FMT) from hard-core interactions with the idea that MSA can be interpreted in terms of the interaction spherical shells of charge. This formulation gives the free-energy density as a function of weighted densities. When all the ions have the same size, the functional adopts an FMT-like form. The second in effect 'functionalizes' the derivation of MSA; that is, it generalizes the MSA as a functional-based version of MSA (fMSA). This formulation defines the free-energy density as a function of a position-dependent MSA screening parameter and the weighted densities of the FMT approach. This FMT/fMSA functional is shown to give accurate density profiles, as compared to Monte Carlo simulations, under a wide range of ion concentrations, size asymmetries, and valences.

  3. Shells of charge: a density functional theory for charged hard spheres

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    Roth, Roland; Gillespie, Dirk

    2016-06-01

    A functional for the electrostatic excess free-energy for charged, hard sphere fluids is proposed. The functional is derived from two complementary, but equivalent, interpretations of the mean spherical approximation (MSA). The first combines fundamental measure theory (FMT) from hard-core interactions with the idea that MSA can be interpreted in terms of the interaction spherical shells of charge. This formulation gives the free-energy density as a function of weighted densities. When all the ions have the same size, the functional adopts an FMT-like form. The second in effect ‘functionalizes’ the derivation of MSA; that is, it generalizes the MSA as a functional-based version of MSA (fMSA). This formulation defines the free-energy density as a function of a position-dependent MSA screening parameter and the weighted densities of the FMT approach. This FMT/fMSA functional is shown to give accurate density profiles, as compared to Monte Carlo simulations, under a wide range of ion concentrations, size asymmetries, and valences.

  4. Quasi-chemical Theory for the Statistical Thermodynamics of the Hard Sphere Fluid

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    Pratt, L R; Gómez, M A; Gentile, M E; Pratt, Lawrence R.; Violette, Randall A. La; Gomez, Maria A.; Gentile, Mary E.

    2001-01-01

    We develop a quasi-chemical theory for the study of packing thermodynamics in dense liquids. The situation of hard-core interactions is addressed by considering the binding of solvent molecules to a precisely defined `cavity' in order to assess the probability that the `cavity' is entirely evacuated. The primitive quasi-chemical approximation corresponds to a extension of the Poisson distribution used as a default model in an information theory approach. This primitive quasi-chemical theory is in good qualitative agreement with the observations for the hard sphere fluid of occupancy distributions that are central to quasi-chemical theories but begins to be quantitatively erroneous for the equation of state in the dense liquid regime of $\\rho d^3>$0.6. How the quasi-chemical approach can be iterated to treat correlation effects is addressed. Consideration of neglected correlation effects leads to a simple model for the form of those contributions neglected by the primitive quasi-chemical approximation. These c...

  5. The complete T-->V,R energy conversion in three-body collisions within the hard sphere model.

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    Azriel, Vladimir M; Rusin, Lev Yu; Sevryuk, Mikhail B

    2005-02-15

    It is shown that in hard sphere (impulsive) collisions of atoms with diatomic molecules, complete conversion of the collision energy into the internal energy of the diatomic partner is possible for any number of impacts between the elastic balls representing the particles. The corresponding collision geometries and relations between the masses of the particles are described in detail.

  6. Crystal nucleation in binary hard-sphere mixtures: the effect of order parameter on the cluster composition

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    Ni, R.; Smallenburg, F.; Filion, L.C.; Dijkstra, M.

    2011-01-01

    We study crystal nucleation in a binary mixture of hard spheres and investigate the composition and size of the (non)critical clusters using Monte Carlo simulations. In order to study nucleation of a crystal phase in computer simulations, a one-dimensional order parameter is usually defined to ident

  7. Simple cubic equation of state applied to hard-sphere, Lennard-Jones fluids, simple fluids and solids

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    Sun, Jiu-Xun; Cai, Ling-Cang; Wu, Qiang; Jin, Ke

    2013-09-01

    Based on the expansion and extension of the virial equation of state (EOS) of hard-sphere fluids solved by the Percus-Yevick integration equation, a universal cubic (UC) EOS is developed. The UC EOS is applied to model hard-sphere and Lennard-Jones (LJ) fluids, simple Ar and N2 liquids at low temperatures, and supercritical Ar and N2 fluids at high temperatures, as well as ten solids, respectively. The three parameters are determined for the hard-sphere fluid by fitting molecular dynamics (MD) simulation data of the third to eighth virial coefficients in the literature; for other fluids by fitting isothermal compression data; and for solids by using the Einstein model. The results show that the UC EOS gives better results than the Carnahan-Starling EOS for compressibility of hard-sphere fluids. The Helmholtz free energy and internal energy for LJ fluids are predicted and compared with MD simulation data. The calculated pressures for simple Ar and N2 liquids are compared with experimental data. The agreement is fairly good. Eight three-parameter EOSs are applied to describe isothermals of ten typical solids. It is shown that the UC EOS gives the best precision with correct behavior at high-pressure limitation. The UC EOS considering thermal effects is used to analytically evaluate the isobaric thermal expansivity and isothermal compressibility coefficients. The results are in good agreement with experimental data.

  8. Crystal nucleation of hard spheres using molecular dynamics, umbrella sampling, and forward flux sampling: a comparison of simulation techniques

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    Filion, L.C.; Hermes, M; Ni, R.; Dijkstra, M.

    2010-01-01

    Over the last number of years several simulation methods have been introduced to study rare events such as nucleation. In this paper we examine the crystal nucleation rate of hard spheres using three such numerical techniques: molecular dynamics, forward flux sampling, and a Bennett–Chandlertype the

  9. Geometry explains the large difference in the elastic properties of fcc and hcp crystals of hard spheres

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    Sushko, N; van der Schoot, P

    2005-01-01

    As is well known, hard-sphere crystals of the fcc and hcp type differ very little in their thermodynamic properties. Nonetheless, recent computer simulations by Pronk and Frenkel indicate that the elastic response to mechanical deformation of these two types of crystal are quite different [S. Pronk

  10. Extension of the BMCSL equation of state for hard spheres to the metastable disordered region: Application to the SAFT approach.

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    Paricaud, P

    2015-07-28

    A simple modification of the Boublík-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland equation of state is proposed for an application to the metastable disordered region. The new model has a positive pole at the jamming limit and can accurately describe the molecular simulation data of pure hard in the stable fluid region and along the metastable branch. The new model has also been applied to binary mixtures hard spheres, and an excellent description of the fluid and metastable branches can be obtained by adjusting the jamming packing fraction. The new model for hard sphere mixtures can be used as the repulsive term of equations of state for real fluids. In this case, the modified equations of state give very similar predictions of thermodynamic properties as the original models, and one can remove the multiple liquid density roots observed for some versions of the Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (SAFT) at low temperature without any modification of the dispersion term.

  11. Extension of the BMCSL equation of state for hard spheres to the metastable disordered region: Application to the SAFT approach

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    Paricaud, P. [Unité de Chimie et Procédés, ENSTA-ParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, 828 Boulevard des Maréchaux, 91762 Palaiseau cedex (France)

    2015-07-28

    A simple modification of the Boublík-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland equation of state is proposed for an application to the metastable disordered region. The new model has a positive pole at the jamming limit and can accurately describe the molecular simulation data of pure hard in the stable fluid region and along the metastable branch. The new model has also been applied to binary mixtures hard spheres, and an excellent description of the fluid and metastable branches can be obtained by adjusting the jamming packing fraction. The new model for hard sphere mixtures can be used as the repulsive term of equations of state for real fluids. In this case, the modified equations of state give very similar predictions of thermodynamic properties as the original models, and one can remove the multiple liquid density roots observed for some versions of the Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (SAFT) at low temperature without any modification of the dispersion term.

  12. Statistical mechanics of two hard spheres in a spherical pore, exact analytic results in D dimension

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    Urrutia, Ignacio; Szybisz, Leszek

    2010-03-01

    This work is devoted to the exact statistical mechanics treatment of simple inhomogeneous few-body systems. The system of two hard spheres (HSs) confined in a hard spherical pore is systematically analyzed in terms of its dimensionality D. The canonical partition function and the one- and two-body distribution functions are analytically evaluated and a scheme of iterative construction of the D +1 system properties is presented. We analyze in detail both the effect of high confinement, when particles become caged, and the low density limit. Other confinement situations are also studied analytically and several relations between the two HSs in a spherical pore, two sticked HSs in a spherical pore, and two HSs on a spherical surface partition functions are traced. These relations make meaningful the limiting caging and low density behavior. Turning to the system of two HSs in a spherical pore, we also analytically evaluate the pressure tensor. The thermodynamic properties of the system are discussed. To accomplish this statement we purposely focus in the overall characteristics of the inhomogeneous fluid system, instead of concentrate in the peculiarities of a few-body system. Hence, we analyze the equation of state, the pressure at the wall, and the fluid-substrate surface tension. The consequences of new results about the spherically confined system of two HSs in D dimension on the confined many HS system are investigated. New constant coefficients involved in the low density limit properties of the open and closed systems of many HS in a spherical pore are obtained for arbitrary D. The complementary system of many HS which surrounds a HS (a cavity inside of a bulk HS system) is also discussed.

  13. Wave packet autocorrelation functions for quantum hard-disk and hard-sphere billiards in the high-energy, diffraction regime

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    Goussev, Arseni; Dorfman, J. Robert

    2006-01-01

    We consider the time evolution of a wave packet representing a quantum particle moving in a geometrically open billiard that consists of a number of fixed hard-disk or hard-sphere scatterers. Using the technique of multiple collision expansions we provide a first-principle analytical calculation of the time-dependent autocorrelation function for the wave packet in the high-energy diffraction regime, in which the particle's de Broglie wave length, while being small compared to the size of the ...

  14. Wave packet autocorrelation functions for quantum hard-disk and hard-sphere billiards in the high-energy, diffraction regime.

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    Goussev, Arseni; Dorfman, J R

    2006-07-01

    We consider the time evolution of a wave packet representing a quantum particle moving in a geometrically open billiard that consists of a number of fixed hard-disk or hard-sphere scatterers. Using the technique of multiple collision expansions we provide a first-principle analytical calculation of the time-dependent autocorrelation function for the wave packet in the high-energy diffraction regime, in which the particle's de Broglie wavelength, while being small compared to the size of the scatterers, is large enough to prevent the formation of geometric shadow over distances of the order of the particle's free flight path. The hard-disk or hard-sphere scattering system must be sufficiently dilute in order for this high-energy diffraction regime to be achievable. Apart from the overall exponential decay, the autocorrelation function exhibits a generally complicated sequence of relatively strong peaks corresponding to partial revivals of the wave packet. Both the exponential decay (or escape) rate and the revival peak structure are predominantly determined by the underlying classical dynamics. A relation between the escape rate, and the Lyapunov exponents and Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy of the counterpart classical system, previously known for hard-disk billiards, is strengthened by generalization to three spatial dimensions. The results of the quantum mechanical calculation of the time-dependent autocorrelation function agree with predictions of the semiclassical periodic orbit theory.

  15. Density functional theory of liquid crystals and surface anchoring: hard Gaussian overlap-sphere and hard Gaussian overlap-surface potentials.

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    Avazpour, A; Avazpour, L

    2010-12-28

    This article applies the density functional theory to confined liquid crystals, comprised of ellipsoidal shaped particles interacting through the hard Gaussian overlap (HGO) potential. The extended restricted orientation model proposed by Moradi and co-workers [J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 17, 5625 (2005)] is used to study the surface anchoring. The excess free energy is calculated as a functional expansion of density around a reference homogeneous fluid. The pair direct correlation function (DCF) of a homogeneous HGO fluid is approximated, based on the optimized sum of Percus-Yevick and Roth DCF for hard spheres; the anisotropy introduced by means of the closest approach parameter, the expression proposed by Marko [Physica B 392, 242 (2007)] for DCF of HGO, and hard ellipsoids were used. In this study we extend an our previous work [Phys. Rev. E 72, 061706 (2005)] on the anchoring behavior of hard particle liquid crystal model, by studying the effect of changing the particle-substrate contact function instead of hard needle-wall potentials. We use the two particle-surface potentials: the HGO-sphere and the HGO-surface potentials. The average number density and order parameter profiles of a confined HGO fluid are obtained using the two particle-wall potentials. For bulk isotropic liquid, the results are in agreement with the Monte Carlo simulation of Barmes and Cleaver [Phys. Rev. E 71, 021705 (2005)]. Also, for the bulk nematic phase, the theory gives the correct density profile and order parameter between the walls.

  16. Assembly of vorticity-aligned hard-sphere colloidal strings in a simple shear flow

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    Cheng, X.

    2011-12-23

    Colloidal suspensions self-assemble into equilibrium structures ranging from face- and body-centered cubic crystals to binary ionic crystals, and even kagome lattices. When driven out of equilibrium by hydrodynamic interactions, even more diverse structures can be accessed. However, mechanisms underlying out-of-equilibrium assembly are much less understood, though such processes are clearly relevant in many natural and industrial systems. Even in the simple case of hard-sphere colloidal particles under shear, there are conflicting predictions about whether particles link up into string-like structures along the shear flow direction. Here, using confocal microscopy, we measure the shear-induced suspension structure. Surprisingly, rather than flow-aligned strings, we observe log-rolling strings of particles normal to the plane of shear. By employing Stokesian dynamics simulations, we address the mechanism leading to this out-of-equilibrium structure and show that it emerges from a delicate balance between hydrodynamic and interparticle interactions. These results demonstrate a method for assembling large-scale particle structures using shear flows.

  17. Kinetic Theory of a Confined Quasi-Two-Dimensional Gas of Hard Spheres

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    J. Javier Brey

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The dynamics of a system of hard spheres enclosed between two parallel plates separated a distance smaller than two particle diameters is described at the level of kinetic theory. The interest focuses on the behavior of the quasi-two-dimensional fluid seen when looking at the system from above or below. In the first part, a collisional model for the effective two-dimensional dynamics is analyzed. Although it is able to describe quite well the homogeneous evolution observed in the experiments, it is shown that it fails to predict the existence of non-equilibrium phase transitions, and in particular, the bimodal regime exhibited by the real system. A critical revision analysis of the model is presented , and as a starting point to get a more accurate description, the Boltzmann equation for the quasi-two-dimensional gas has been derived. In the elastic case, the solutions of the equation verify an H-theorem implying a monotonic tendency to a non-uniform steady state. As an example of application of the kinetic equation, here the evolution equations for the vertical and horizontal temperatures of the system are derived in the homogeneous approximation, and the results compared with molecular dynamics simulation results.

  18. Improvement and extension of the generalized hard-sphere reaction probability model.

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    Schübler, M A; Petkow, D; Herdrich, G

    2012-04-01

    The GHS (Generalized Hard Sphere)-based standard reaction probability model commonly used in probabilistic particle methods is evaluated. We show that the original model has no general validity with respect to the molecular reaction. Mathematical consistency exists only for reactions with vanishing activation energy. For small energies close to the activation threshold the individual reaction probability for the special case of associative ionization of atomic nitrogen diverges. This makes the model extremely expensive, and nonphysical. An improved model is derived, and its implementation is verified on basis of the aforementioned reaction. Both models converge to the same value at large energies. The relative error of the original model with respect to the new model is independent of the particle pairing and, hence, of the reaction type. The error is smaller than 1% for collision energies in excess of 200 times the activation energy. For typical simulation problems like atmospheric high-enthalpy entry flows (assuming heavy-particle temperatures on the order of 10000 K) the relative error is in the order of 10(5)%.

  19. A Fokker-Planck model of hard sphere gases based on H-theorem

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    Gorji, M. Hossein; Torillhon, Manuel

    2016-11-01

    It has been shown recently that the Fokker-Planck kinetic model can be employed as an approximation of the Boltzmann equation for rarefied gas flow simulations [4, 5, 10]. Similar to the direct simulation Monte-Carlo (DSMC), the Fokker-Planck solution algorithm is based on the particle Monte-Carlo representation of the distribution function. Yet opposed to DSMC, here the particles evolve along independent stochastic paths where no collisions need to be resolved. This leads to significant computational advantages over DSMC, considering small Knudsen numbers [10]. The original Fokker-Planck model (FP) for rarefied gas flow simulations was devised according to the Maxwell type pseudo-molecules [4, 5]. In this paper a consistent Fokker-Planck equation is derived based on the Boltzmann collision integrals and maximum entropy distribution. Therefore the resulting model fulfills the H-theorem and leads to correct relaxation of velocity moments up to heat fluxes consistent with hard sphere interactions. For assessment of the model, simulations are performed for Mach 5 flow around a vertical plate using both Fokker-Planck and DSMC simulations. Compared to the original FP model, significant improvements are achieved at high Mach flows.

  20. Hard-sphere perturbation theory for a model of liquid Ga.

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    Tsai, K H; Wu, Ten-Ming

    2008-07-14

    Investigating thermodynamic properties of a model for liquid Ga, we have extended the application of the hard-sphere (HS) perturbation theory to an interatomic pair potential that possesses a soft repulsive core and a long-range oscillatory part. The model is interesting for displaying a discontinuous jump on the main-peak position of the radial distribution function at some critical density. At densities less than this critical value, the effective HS diameter of the model, estimated by the variational HS perturbation theory, has a substantial reduction with increasing density. Thus, the density dependence of the packing fraction of the HS reference fluid has an anomalous behavior, with a negative slope, within a density region below the critical density. By adding a correction term originally proposed by Mon to remedy the inherent deficiency of the HS perturbation theory, the extended Mansoori-Canfield/Rasaiah-Stell theory [J. Chem. Phys. 120, 4844 (2004)] very accurately predicts the Helmholtz free energy and entropy of the model, including an excess entropy anomaly. Almost occurring in the same density region, the excess entropy anomaly is found to be associated with the anomalous packing faction of the HS fluid.

  1. Doubled heterogeneous crystal nucleation in sediments of hard sphere binary-mass mixtures.

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    Löwen, Hartmut; Allahyarov, Elshad

    2011-10-07

    Crystallization during the sedimentation process of a binary colloidal hard spheres mixture is explored by Brownian dynamics computer simulations. The two species are different in buoyant mass but have the same interaction diameter. Starting from a completely mixed system in a finite container, gravity is suddenly turned on, and the crystallization process in the sample is monitored. If the Peclet numbers of the two species are both not too large, crystalline layers are formed at the bottom of the cell. The composition of lighter particles in the sedimented crystal is non-monotonic in the altitude: it is first increasing, then decreasing, and then increasing again. If one Peclet number is large and the other is small, we observe the occurrence of a doubled heterogeneous crystal nucleation process. First, crystalline layers are formed at the bottom container wall which are separated from an amorphous sediment. At the amorphous-fluid interface, a secondary crystal nucleation of layers is identified. This doubled heterogeneous nucleation can be verified in real-space experiments on colloidal mixtures. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  2. Demixing and confinement of non-additive hard-sphere mixtures in slit pores.

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    Almarza, N G; Martín, C; Lomba, E; Bores, C

    2015-01-07

    Using Monte Carlo simulation, we study the influence of geometric confinement on demixing for a series of symmetric non-additive hard spheres mixtures confined in slit pores. We consider both a wide range of positive non-additivities and a series of pore widths, ranging from the pure two dimensional limit to a large pore width where results are close to the bulk three dimensional case. Critical parameters are extracted by means of finite size analysis. As a general trend, we find that for this particular case in which demixing is induced by volume effects, the critical demixing densities (and pressures) increase due to confinement between neutral walls, following the expected behavior for phase equilibria of systems confined by pure repulsive walls: i.e., confinement generally enhances miscibility. However, a non-monotonous dependence of the critical pressure and density with pore size is found for small non-additivities. In this latter case, it turns out that an otherwise stable bulk mixture can be unexpectedly forced to demix by simple geometric confinement when the pore width decreases down to approximately one and a half molecular diameters.

  3. Single file and normal dual mode diffusion in highly confined hard sphere mixtures under flow.

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    Wanasundara, Surajith N; Spiteri, Raymond J; Bowles, Richard K

    2012-09-14

    We use Monte Carlo simulations to study the dual-mode diffusion regime of binary and tertiary mixtures of hard spheres confined in narrow cylindrical pores under the influence of an imposed flow. The flow is introduced to the dynamics by adding a small bias directed along the long axis of the pore to the random displacement of each Monte Carlo move. As a result, the motion of the particles in all the components is dominated by a drift velocity that causes the mean squared displacements to increase quadratically in the long time limit. However, an analysis of the mean squared displacements at intermediate time scales shows that components of the mixture above and below their passing thresholds still exhibit behaviors consistent with normal and single-file diffusion, respectively. The difference between the mean squared displacements of the various components is shown to go though a maximum, suggesting there may be an optimal pore diameter for the separation of mixtures exhibiting dual-mode diffusion.

  4. Structural searches using isopointal sets as generators: densest packings for binary hard sphere mixtures.

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    Hudson, Toby S; Harrowell, Peter

    2011-05-18

    Algorithms to search for crystal structures that optimize some extensive property (energy, volume, etc) typically make use of random particle reorganizations in the context of one or more numerical techniques such as simulated annealing, genetic algorithms or biased random walks, applied to the coordinates of every particle in the unit cell, together with the cell angles and lengths. In this paper we describe the restriction of such searches to predefined isopointal sets, breaking the problem into countable sub-problems which exploit crystal symmetries to reduce the dimensionality of the search space. Applying this method to the search for maximally packed mixtures of hard spheres of two sizes, we demonstrate that the densest packed structures can be identified by searches within a couple of isopointal sets. For the A(2)B system, the densest known packings over the entire tested range 0.2 < r(A)/r(B) < 2.5, including some improvements on previous optima, can all be identified by searches within a single isopointal set. In the case of the AB composition, searches of two isopointal sets generate the densest packed structures over the radius ratio range 0.2 < r(A)/r(B) < 5.0.

  5. Cooperative activated dynamics in dense mixtures of hard and sticky spheres.

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    Viehman, Douglas C; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2008-11-01

    The coupled activated dynamics in dense mixtures of repulsive and sticky hard spheres is studied using stochastic nonlinear Langevin equation theory. The effective free energy surface, barriers, saddle point trajectories, and mean first passage times depend in a rich manner on mixture composition, (high) total volume fraction, and attractive interaction strength. In general, there are three types of saddle point trajectories or relaxation pathways: a pure sticky or pure repulsive particle displacement keeping the other species localized, and a cooperative motion involving repulsive and attractive particle displacements. The barrier for activated hopping usually increases with the ratio of sticky to repulsive particle displacement. However, at intermediate values of the displacement ratio it can attain a broad plateau value, and can even exhibit a local maximum, and hence nonmonotonic behavior, at high sticky particle mixture compositions if the attraction strength is modest. The mean first passage, or hopping, times are computed using multidimensional Kramers theory. In most cases the hopping time trends reflect the behavior of the barrier height, especially as the sticky particle attraction strengths become large. However, there are dramatic exceptions associated with cooperative repulsive and attractive particle trajectories where the barriers are high but a greatly enhanced number of such trajectories exist near the saddle point.

  6. Predicting side-chain conformations of methionine using a hard-sphere model with stereochemical constraints

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    Virrueta, A.; Gaines, J.; O'Hern, C. S.; Regan, L.

    2015-03-01

    Current research in the O'Hern and Regan laboratories focuses on the development of hard-sphere models with stereochemical constraints for protein structure prediction as an alternative to molecular dynamics methods that utilize knowledge-based corrections in their force-fields. Beginning with simple hydrophobic dipeptides like valine, leucine, and isoleucine, we have shown that our model is able to reproduce the side-chain dihedral angle distributions derived from sets of high-resolution protein crystal structures. However, methionine remains an exception - our model yields a chi-3 side-chain dihedral angle distribution that is relatively uniform from 60 to 300 degrees, while the observed distribution displays peaks at 60, 180, and 300 degrees. Our goal is to resolve this discrepancy by considering clashes with neighboring residues, and averaging the reduced distribution of allowable methionine structures taken from a set of crystallized proteins. We will also re-evaluate the electron density maps from which these protein structures are derived to ensure that the methionines and their local environments are correctly modeled. This work will ultimately serve as a tool for computing side-chain entropy and protein stability. A. V. is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. J. G. is supported by NIH training Grant NIH-5T15LM007056-28.

  7. Gelation and state diagram for a model nanoparticle system with adhesive hard sphere interactions

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    Wagner, Norman; Aaron, Eberle

    2012-02-01

    We provide the first comprehensive state diagram of thermoreversible gelation in a model nanoparticle system from dilute concentrations to the attractive driven glass. We show the temperature dependence of the interparticle potential is related to a surface molecular phase transition of the brush layer using neutron reflectivity (NR) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) [1]. We establish the temperature dependence of the interparticle potential using SANS, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and rheology. The potential parameters extracted from SANS suggest that, for this system, gelation is an extension of the Mode Coupling Theory (MCT) attractive driven glass line (ADG) to lower volume fractions and follows the percolation transition. Below the critical concentration, gelation proceeds without competition for phase separation [2]. These results are used to develop a complete state diagram for the sticky hard sphere reference system. [4pt] [1] A.P.R. Eberle, N.J. Wagner, B. Akgun, S.K. Satija, Langmuir 26 3003 (2010).[0pt] [2] A.P.R. Eberle, N.J. Wagner, R. Castaneda-Priego, Phys. Rev. Let. 105704 (2011).

  8. Free cooling of hard-spheres with short and long range interactions

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    Gonzalez, S.; Thornton, A.R.; Luding, S.

    2015-01-01

    We study the stability, the clustering and the phase-diagram of free cooling granular gases. The systems consist of mono-disperse particles with additional non-contact (long-range) interactions, and are simulated here by the event-driven molecular dynamics algorithm with discrete (short-range should

  9. Free cooling phase-diagram of hard-spheres with short- and long-range interactions

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    Gonzalez Briones, J.S.L.; Thornton, A.R.; Luding, S.

    2014-01-01

    We study the stability, the clustering and the phase-diagram of free cooling granular gases. The systems consist of mono-disperse particles with additional non-contact (long-range) interactions, and are simulated here by the event-driven molecular dynamics algorithm with discrete (short-range should

  10. On two-parameter equations of state and the limitations of a hard sphere Peng-Robinson equation

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    Harmens, A.; Jeremiah, Dawn E.

    Simple two-parameter equations of state are exceptionally effective for calculations on systems of small, uncomplicated molecules. They are therefore extremely useful for vapour-liquid equilibrium calculations in cryogenic and light hydrocarbon process design. In a search for further improvement three two-parameter equations of state with a co-volume repulsion term and three with a hard sphere repulsion term have been investigated. Their characteristic constants at the critical point have been compared. The procedure for fitting the two parameters to empirical data in the subcritical region was analysed. A perturbed hard sphere equation with a Peng-Robinson attraction term was shown to be unsuitable for application over a wide range of p, T conditions. A similar equation with a Redlich-Kwong attraction term gives good service in the cryogenic range.

  11. Equilibrium and glassy states of the Asakura-Oosawa and binary hard sphere mixtures: effective fluid approach.

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    Germain, Ph; Amokrane, S

    2007-09-01

    Motivated by recent experimental results on model binary colloidal mixtures, especially for the glass transition, we investigate the phase diagram of two models of asymmetric binary mixtures: the hard sphere and the Asakura-Oosawa mixtures. This includes the binodals and the glass transition line, computed in the effective one-component representation using the corresponding potentials of mean force at infinite dilution. The reference hypernetted chain approximation is used for computing the static properties and the glass transition line is computed in the mode coupling approximation. The similarities and the differences between the two models are discussed for different size ratios. It is shown that while both models follow a universal behavior at large asymmetry, the hard sphere mixture model leads to more original results at moderate size ratio. These results show that a modeling beyond generic effective potentials might be necessary for an appropriate description of the complete phase diagram.

  12. Generalization of Rosenfeld's functional to non-additive hard-spheres: pair structure and test-particle consistency.

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    Ayadim, A; Amokrane, S

    2010-01-27

    The accuracy of the structural data obtained from the recently proposed generalization to non-additive hard-spheres (Schmidt 2004 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16 L351) of Rosenfeld's functional is investigated. The radial distribution functions computed from the direct correlation functions generated by the functional, through the Ornstein-Zernike equations, are compared with those obtained from the density profile equations in the test-particle limit, without and with test-particle consistency. The differences between these routes and the role of the optimization of the parameters of the reference system when the functional is used to obtain the reference bridge functional are discussed in the case of symmetric binary mixtures of non-additive hard-spheres. The case of highly asymmetric mixtures is finally briefly discussed.

  13. A highly accurate and analytic equation of state for a hard sphere fluid in random porous media.

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    Holovko, M; Dong, W

    2009-05-07

    An analytical equation of state (EOS) for a hard sphere fluid confined in random porous media is derived by extending the scaled particle theory to such complex systems with quenched disorders. A simple empirical correction allows us to obtain a highly accurate EOS with errors within the simulation ones. These are the first analytical results for non trivial off-lattice quench-annealed systems.

  14. Two- and three-phase equilibria in polydisperse Yukawa hard-sphere mixture. High temperature and mean spherical approximations

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    2016-01-01

    Phase behavior of the Yukawa hard-sphere polydisperse mixture with high degree of polydispersity is studied using high temperature approximation (HTA) and mean spherical approximation (MSA). We have extended and applied the scheme developed to calculate the phase diagrams of polydisperse mixtures described by the truncatable free energy models, i.e., the models with Helmholtz free energy defined by the finite number of the moments of the species distribution function. At high degree of polydi...

  15. Large-amplitude jumps and non-Gaussian dynamics in highly concentrated hard sphere fluids.

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    Saltzman, Erica J; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2008-05-01

    Our microscopic stochastic nonlinear Langevin equation theory of activated dynamics has been employed to study the real-space van Hove function of dense hard sphere fluids and suspensions. At very short times, the van Hove function is a narrow Gaussian. At sufficiently high volume fractions, such that the entropic barrier to relaxation is greater than the thermal energy, its functional form evolves with time to include a rapidly decaying component at small displacements and a long-range exponential tail. The "jump" or decay length scale associated with the tail increases with time (or particle root-mean-square displacement) at fixed volume fraction, and with volume fraction at the mean alpha relaxation time. The jump length at the alpha relaxation time is predicted to be proportional to a measure of the decoupling of self-diffusion and structural relaxation. At long times corresponding to mean displacements of order a particle diameter, the volume fraction dependence of the decay length disappears. A good superposition of the exponential tail feature based on the jump length as a scaling variable is predicted at high volume fractions. Overall, the theoretical results are in good accord with recent simulations and experiments. The basic aspects of the theory are also compared with a classic jump model and a dynamically facilitated continuous time random-walk model. Decoupling of the time scales of different parts of the relaxation process predicted by the theory is qualitatively similar to facilitated dynamics models based on the concept of persistence and exchange times if the elementary event is assumed to be associated with transport on a length scale significantly smaller than the particle size.

  16. Predicting the side-chain dihedral angle distributions of nonpolar, aromatic, and polar amino acids using hard sphere models.

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    Zhou, Alice Qinhua; O'Hern, Corey S; Regan, Lynne

    2014-10-01

    The side-chain dihedral angle distributions of all amino acids have been measured from myriad high-resolution protein crystal structures. However, we do not yet know the dominant interactions that determine these distributions. Here, we explore to what extent the defining features of the side-chain dihedral angle distributions of different amino acids can be captured by a simple physical model. We find that a hard-sphere model for a dipeptide mimetic that includes only steric interactions plus stereochemical constraints is able to recapitulate the key features of the back-bone dependent observed amino acid side-chain dihedral angle distributions of Ser, Cys, Thr, Val, Ile, Leu, Phe, Tyr, and Trp. We find that for certain amino acids, performing the calculations with the amino acid of interest in the central position of a short α-helical segment improves the match between the predicted and observed distributions. We also identify the atomic interactions that give rise to the differences between the predicted distributions for the hard-sphere model of the dipeptide and that of the α-helical segment. Finally, we point out a case where the hard-sphere plus stereochemical constraint model is insufficient to recapitulate the observed side-chain dihedral angle distribution, namely the distribution P(χ₃) for Met.

  17. Connection between the packing efficiency of binary hard spheres and the glass-forming ability of bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhang, Kai; Smith, W. Wendell; Wang, Minglei; Liu, Yanhui; Schroers, Jan; Shattuck, Mark D.; O'Hern, Corey S.

    2014-09-01

    We perform molecular dynamics simulations to compress binary hard spheres into jammed packings as a function of the compression rate R, size ratio α, and number fraction xS of small particles to determine the connection between the glass-forming ability (GFA) and packing efficiency in bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). We define the GFA by measuring the critical compression rate Rc, below which jammed hard-sphere packings begin to form "random crystal" structures with defects. We find that for systems with α ≳0.8 that do not demix, Rc decreases strongly with ΔϕJ, as Rc˜exp(-1/ΔϕJ2), where ΔϕJ is the difference between the average packing fraction of the amorphous packings and random crystal structures at Rc. Systems with α ≲0.8 partially demix, which promotes crystallization, but we still find a strong correlation between Rc and ΔϕJ. We show that known metal-metal BMGs occur in the regions of the α and xS parameter space with the lowest values of Rc for binary hard spheres. Our results emphasize that maximizing GFA in binary systems involves two competing effects: minimizing α to increase packing efficiency, while maximizing α to prevent demixing.

  18. Connection between the packing efficiency of binary hard spheres and the glass-forming ability of bulk metallic glasses.

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    Zhang, Kai; Smith, W Wendell; Wang, Minglei; Liu, Yanhui; Schroers, Jan; Shattuck, Mark D; O'Hern, Corey S

    2014-09-01

    We perform molecular dynamics simulations to compress binary hard spheres into jammed packings as a function of the compression rate R, size ratio α, and number fraction x(S) of small particles to determine the connection between the glass-forming ability (GFA) and packing efficiency in bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). We define the GFA by measuring the critical compression rate R(c), below which jammed hard-sphere packings begin to form "random crystal" structures with defects. We find that for systems with α≳0.8 that do not demix, R(c) decreases strongly with Δϕ(J), as R(c)∼exp(-1/Δϕ(J)(2)), where Δϕ(J) is the difference between the average packing fraction of the amorphous packings and random crystal structures at R(c). Systems with α≲0.8 partially demix, which promotes crystallization, but we still find a strong correlation between R(c) and Δϕ(J). We show that known metal-metal BMGs occur in the regions of the α and x(S) parameter space with the lowest values of R(c) for binary hard spheres. Our results emphasize that maximizing GFA in binary systems involves two competing effects: minimizing α to increase packing efficiency, while maximizing α to prevent demixing.

  19. Description of hard-sphere crystals and crystal-fluid interfaces: a comparison between density functional approaches and a phase-field crystal model.

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    Oettel, M; Dorosz, S; Berghoff, M; Nestler, B; Schilling, T

    2012-08-01

    In materials science the phase-field crystal approach has become popular to model crystallization processes. Phase-field crystal models are in essence Landau-Ginzburg-type models, which should be derivable from the underlying microscopic description of the system in question. We present a study on classical density functional theory in three stages of approximation leading to a specific phase-field crystal model, and we discuss the limits of applicability of the models that result from these approximations. As a test system we have chosen the three-dimensional suspension of monodisperse hard spheres. The levels of density functional theory that we discuss are fundamental measure theory, a second-order Taylor expansion thereof, and a minimal phase-field crystal model. We have computed coexistence densities, vacancy concentrations in the crystalline phase, interfacial tensions, and interfacial order parameter profiles, and we compare these quantities to simulation results. We also suggest a procedure to fit the free parameters of the phase-field crystal model. Thereby it turns out that the order parameter of the phase-field crystal model is more consistent with a smeared density field (shifted and rescaled) than with the shifted and rescaled density itself. In brief, we conclude that fundamental measure theory is very accurate and can serve as a benchmark for the other theories. Taylor expansion strongly affects free energies, surface tensions, and vacancy concentrations. Furthermore it is phenomenologically misleading to interpret the phase-field crystal model as stemming directly from Taylor-expanded density functional theory.

  20. Depletion potentials in highly size-asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures: comparison of simulation results with theory.

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    Ashton, Douglas J; Wilding, Nigel B; Roth, Roland; Evans, Robert

    2011-12-01

    We report a detailed study, using state-of-the-art simulation and theoretical methods, of the effective (depletion) potential between a pair of big hard spheres immersed in a reservoir of much smaller hard spheres, the size disparity being measured by the ratio of diameters q ≡ σ(s)/σ(b). Small particles are treated grand canonically, their influence being parameterized in terms of their packing fraction in the reservoir η(s)(r). Two Monte Carlo simulation schemes--the geometrical cluster algorithm, and staged particle insertion--are deployed to obtain accurate depletion potentials for a number of combinations of q ≤ 0.1 and η(s)(r). After applying corrections for simulation finite-size effects, the depletion potentials are compared with the prediction of new density functional theory (DFT) calculations based on the insertion trick using the Rosenfeld functional and several subsequent modifications. While agreement between the DFT and simulation is generally good, significant discrepancies are evident at the largest reservoir packing fraction accessible to our simulation methods, namely, η(s)(r) = 0.35. These discrepancies are, however, small compared to those between simulation and the much poorer predictions of the Derjaguin approximation at this η(s)(r). The recently proposed morphometric approximation performs better than Derjaguin but is somewhat poorer than DFT for the size ratios and small-sphere packing fractions that we consider. The effective potentials from simulation, DFT, and the morphometric approximation were used to compute the second virial coefficient B(2) as a function of η(s)(r). Comparison of the results enables an assessment of the extent to which DFT can be expected to correctly predict the propensity toward fluid-fluid phase separation in additive binary hard-sphere mixtures with q ≤ 0.1. In all, the new simulation results provide a fully quantitative benchmark for assessing the relative accuracy of theoretical approaches for

  1. Universal cubic equation of state and contact values of the radial distribution functions for multi-component additive hard-sphere mixtures

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    Sun, Jiu-Xun; Wu, Qiang; Cai, Ling-Cang; Jin, Ke

    2013-11-01

    A universal cubic equation of state (UC EOS) is proposed based on a modification of the virial Percus-Yevick (PY) integral equation EOS for hard-sphere fluid. The UC EOS is extended to multi-component hard-sphere mixtures based on a modification of Lebowitz solution of PY equation for hard-sphere mixtures. And expressions of the radial distribution functions at contact (RDFC) are improved with the form as simple as the original one. The numerical results for the compressibility factor and RDFC are in good agreement with the simulation results. The average errors of the compressibility factor relative to MC data are 3.40%, 1.84% and 0.92% for CP3P, BMCSL equations and UC EOS, respectively. The UC EOS is a unique cubic one with satisfactory precision among many EOSs in the literature both for pure and mixture fluids of hard spheres.

  2. Absence of re-entrant phase transition of the antiferromagnetic Ising model on the simple cubic lattice: Monte Carlo study of the hard-sphere lattice gas

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    Yamagata, Atsushi

    1994-01-01

    We perform the Monte Carlo simulations of the hard-sphere lattice gas on the simple cubic lattice with nearest neighbour exclusion. The critical activity is estimated, $z_{\\rm c} = 1.0588 \\pm 0.0003$. Using a relation between the hard-sphere lattice gas and the antiferromagnetic Ising model in an external magnetic field, we conclude that there is no re-entrant phase transition of the latter on the simple cubic lattice.

  3. A new generalization of the Carnahan-Starling equation of state to additive mixtures of hard spheres.

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    Hansen-Goos, Hendrik; Roth, Roland

    2006-04-21

    We introduce an expansion of the equation of state for additive hard-sphere mixtures in powers of the total packing fraction with coefficients which depend on a set of weighted densities used in scaled particle theory and fundamental measure theory. We demand that the mixture equation of state recovers the quasiexact Carnahan-Starling [J. Chem. Phys. 51, 635 (1969)] result in the case of a one-component fluid and show from thermodynamic considerations and consistency with an exact scaled particle relation that the first and second orders of the expansion lead unambiguously to the Boublik-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland [J. Chem. Phys. 53, 471 (1970); J. Chem. Phys. 54, 1523 (1971)] equation and the extended Carnahan-Starling equation introduced by Santos et al. [Mol. Phys. 96, 1 (1999)]. In the third order of the expansion, our approach allows us to define a new equation of state for hard-sphere mixtures which we find to be more accurate than the former equations when compared to available computer simulation data for binary and ternary mixtures. Using the new mixture equation of state, we calculate expressions for the surface tension and excess adsorption of the one-component fluid at a planar hard wall and compare its predictions to available simulation data.

  4. Demixing transition, structure, and depletion forces in binary mixtures of hard-spheres: the role of bridge functions.

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    López-Sánchez, Erik; Estrada-Álvarez, César D; Pérez-Ángel, Gabriel; Méndez-Alcaraz, José Miguel; González-Mozuelos, Pedro; Castañeda-Priego, Ramón

    2013-09-14

    Asymmetric binary mixtures of hard-spheres exhibit several interesting thermodynamic phenomena, such as multiple kinds of glassy states. When the degrees of freedom of the small spheres are integrated out from the description, their effects are incorporated into an effective pair interaction between large spheres known as the depletion potential. The latter has been widely used to study both the phase behavior and dynamic arrest of the big particles. Depletion forces can be accounted for by a contraction of the description in the multicomponent Ornstein-Zernike equation [R. Castañeda-Priego, A. Rodríguez-López, and J. M. Méndez-Alcaraz, Phys. Rev. E 73, 051404 (2006)]. Within this theoretical scheme, an approximation for the difference between the effective and bare bridge functions is needed. In the limit of infinite dilution, this difference is irrelevant and the typical Asakura-Osawa depletion potential is recovered. At higher particle concentrations, however, this difference becomes important, especially where the shell of first neighbors is formed, and, as shown here, cannot be simply neglected. In this work, we use a variant of the Verlet expression for the bridge functions to highlight their importance in the calculation of the depletion potential at high densities and close to the spinodal decomposition. We demonstrate that the modified Verlet closure predicts demixing in binary mixtures of hard spheres for different size ratios and compare its predictions with both liquid state and density functional theories, computer simulations, and experiments. We also show that it provides accurate correlation functions even near the thermodynamic instability; this is explicitly corroborated with results of molecular dynamics simulations of the whole mixture. Particularly, our findings point toward a possible universal behavior of the depletion potential around the spinodal line.

  5. Monte Carlo simulations of the solid-liquid transition in hard spheres and colloid-polymer mixtures.

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    Zykova-Timan, T; Horbach, J; Binder, K

    2010-07-07

    Monte Carlo simulations at constant pressure are performed to study coexistence and interfacial properties of the liquid-solid transition in hard spheres and in colloid-polymer mixtures. The latter system is described as a one-component Asakura-Oosawa (AO) model where the polymer's degrees of freedom are incorporated via an attractive part in the effective potential for the colloid-colloid interactions. For the considered AO model, the polymer reservoir packing fraction is eta(p) (r)=0.1 and the colloid-polymer size ratio is q[triple bond]sigma(p)/sigma=0.15 (with sigma(p) and sigma as the diameter of polymers and colloids, respectively). Inhomogeneous solid-liquid systems are prepared by placing the solid fcc phase in the middle of a rectangular simulation box, creating two interfaces with the adjoined bulk liquid. By analyzing the growth of the crystalline region at various pressures and for different system sizes, the coexistence pressure p(co) is obtained, yielding p(co)=11.576 k(B)T/sigma(3) for the hard-sphere system and p(co)=8.00 k(B)T/sigma(3) for the AO model (with k(B) as the Boltzmann constant and T as the temperature). Several order parameters are introduced to distinguish between solid and liquid phases and to describe the interfacial properties. From the capillary-wave broadening of the solid-liquid interface, the interfacial stiffness is obtained for the (100) crystalline plane, giving the values gamma approximately 0.49 k(B)T/sigma(2) for the hard-sphere system and gamma approximately 0.95 k(B)T/sigma(2) for the AO model.

  6. Coordinated Hard Sphere Mixture (CHaSM): A simplified model for oxide and silicate melts at mantle pressures and temperatures

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    Wolf, Aaron S.; Asimow, Paul D.; Stevenson, David J.

    2015-08-01

    We develop a new model to understand and predict the behavior of oxide and silicate melts at extreme temperatures and pressures, including deep mantle conditions like those in the early Earth magma ocean. The Coordinated Hard Sphere Mixture (CHaSM) is based on an extension of the hard sphere mixture model, accounting for the range of coordination states available to each cation in the liquid. By utilizing approximate analytic expressions for the hard sphere model, this method is capable of predicting complex liquid structure and thermodynamics while remaining computationally efficient, requiring only minutes of calculation time on standard desktop computers. This modeling framework is applied to the MgO system, where model parameters are trained on a collection of crystal polymorphs, producing realistic predictions of coordination evolution and the equation of state of MgO melt over a wide range of pressures and temperatures. We find that the typical coordination number of the Mg cation evolves continuously upward from 5.25 at 0 GPa to 8.5 at 250 GPa. The results produced by CHaSM are evaluated by comparison with predictions from published first-principles molecular dynamics calculations, indicating that CHaSM is accurately capturing the dominant physics controlling the behavior of oxide melts at high pressure. Finally, we present a simple quantitative model to explain the universality of the increasing Grüneisen parameter trend for liquids, which directly reflects their progressive evolution toward more compact solid-like structures upon compression. This general behavior is opposite that of solid materials, and produces steep adiabatic thermal profiles for silicate melts, thus playing a crucial role in magma ocean evolution.

  7. Coordinated Hard Sphere Mixture (CHaSM): A fast approximate model for oxide and silicate melts at extreme conditions

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    Wolf, A. S.; Asimow, P. D.; Stevenson, D. J.

    2015-12-01

    Recent first-principles calculations (e.g. Stixrude, 2009; de Koker, 2013), shock-wave experiments (Mosenfelder, 2009), and diamond-anvil cell investigations (Sanloup, 2013) indicate that silicate melts undergo complex structural evolution at high pressure. The observed increase in cation-coordination (e.g. Karki, 2006; 2007) induces higher compressibilities and lower adiabatic thermal gradients in melts as compared with their solid counterparts. These properties are crucial for understanding the evolution of impact-generated magma oceans, which are dominated by the poorly understood behavior of silicates at mantle pressures and temperatures (e.g. Stixrude et al. 2009). Probing these conditions is difficult for both theory and experiment, especially given the large compositional space (MgO-SiO2-FeO-Al2O3-etc). We develop a new model to understand and predict the behavior of oxide and silicate melts at extreme P-T conditions (Wolf et al., 2015). The Coordinated Hard Sphere Mixture (CHaSM) extends the Hard Sphere mixture model, accounting for the range of coordination states for each cation in the liquid. Using approximate analytic expressions for the hard sphere model, this fast statistical method compliments classical and first-principles methods, providing accurate thermodynamic and structural property predictions for melts. This framework is applied to the MgO system, where model parameters are trained on a collection of crystal polymorphs, producing realistic predictions of coordination evolution and the equation of state of MgO melt over a wide P-T range. Typical Mg-coordination numbers are predicted to evolve continuously from 5.25 (0 GPa) to 8.5 (250 GPa), comparing favorably with first-principles Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. We begin extending the model to a simplified mantle chemistry using empirical potentials (generally accurate over moderate pressure ranges, compression.

  8. Thermodynamics and simulation of hard-sphere fluid and solid: Kinetic Monte Carlo method versus standard Metropolis scheme

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    Ustinov, E. A.

    2017-01-01

    The paper aims at a comparison of techniques based on the kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) and the conventional Metropolis Monte Carlo (MC) methods as applied to the hard-sphere (HS) fluid and solid. In the case of the kMC, an alternative representation of the chemical potential is explored [E. A. Ustinov and D. D. Do, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 366, 216 (2012)], which does not require any external procedure like the Widom test particle insertion method. A direct evaluation of the chemical potential of the fluid and solid without thermodynamic integration is achieved by molecular simulation in an elongated box with an external potential imposed on the system in order to reduce the particle density in the vicinity of the box ends. The existence of rarefied zones allows one to determine the chemical potential of the crystalline phase and substantially increases its accuracy for the disordered dense phase in the central zone of the simulation box. This method is applicable to both the Metropolis MC and the kMC, but in the latter case, the chemical potential is determined with higher accuracy at the same conditions and the number of MC steps. Thermodynamic functions of the disordered fluid and crystalline face-centered cubic (FCC) phase for the hard-sphere system have been evaluated with the kinetic MC and the standard MC coupled with the Widom procedure over a wide range of density. The melting transition parameters have been determined by the point of intersection of the pressure-chemical potential curves for the disordered HS fluid and FCC crystal using the Gibbs-Duhem equation as a constraint. A detailed thermodynamic analysis of the hard-sphere fluid has provided a rigorous verification of the approach, which can be extended to more complex systems.

  9. Use of Parsons-Lee and Onsager theories to predict nematic and demixing behavior in binary mixtures of hard rods and hard spheres.

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    Cuetos, Alejandro; Martínez-Haya, Bruno; Lago, Santiago; Rull, Luis F

    2007-06-01

    Parsons-Lee and Onsager theories are formulated for the isotropic-nematic transition in a binary mixture of hard rods and hard spheres. Results for the phase coexistence and for the equation of state in both phases for mixtures with different relative sizes and composition are presented. The two theories explain correctly the general behavior observed in experiments and computer simulations for these fluids. In particular, the theory accounts for the destabilization of the nematic phase when spherical or globular macromolecules are added to a system of rodlike colloids, and the entrance of the system into a demixed regime at high volume fractions of the spherical particles. Upon demixing a nematic state rich in rods coexists in equilibrium with an isotropic state much more diluted in the rodlike component. Onsager theory fails on quantitative grounds for aspect ratios of the rodlike molecules smaller than 100, and in the cases where the molar fractions of spheres becomes close to unity. On the contrary, the Parsons-Lee approximation remains accurate down to aspect ratios as small as 5. The spinodal analysis indicates that the isotropic-isotropic and nematic-nematic coexistences become feasible for sufficiently large spheres and long rods, respectively. The latter type of coexistence interferes partially with the isotropic-nematic coexistence regime of interest to the present work. Overall, the study serves to rationalize and control key aspects of the behavior of these binary nematogenic colloidal systems, which can be tuned with an appropriate choice of the relative size and molar fractions of the particles.

  10. Helmholtz free energy and equation of state of an fcc crystal with the interaction of hard sphere Yukawa potential

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    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available  The Helmholtz free energy and equation of the state of an fcc crystal are calculated, where the interaction between the molecules is hard sphere-Yukawa potential. Here the perturbational density functional method is used. This method is introduced by Ebner and co-workers. In this method the density functional Taylor expansion is applied for the crystal configuration up to second order. And for the uniform parts an exact expression is used. The results are compared with those obtained by Monte Carlo computer simulation. The agreement is good.

  11. Fourth virial coefficient of additive hard-sphere mixtures in the Percus-Yevick and hypernetted-chain approximations

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    Beltrán-Heredia, Elena; Santos, Andrés

    2014-04-01

    The fourth virial coefficient of additive hard-sphere mixtures, as predicted by the Percus-Yevick (PY) and hypernetted-chain (HNC) theories, is derived via the compressibility, virial, and chemical-potential routes, the outcomes being compared with exact results. Except in the case of the HNC compressibility route, the other five expressions exhibit a common structure involving the first three moments of the size distribution. In both theories, the chemical-potential route is slightly better than the virial one and the best behavior is generally presented by the compressibility route. Moreover, the PY results with any of the three routes are more accurate than any of the HNC results.

  12. Investigation of Fluid-Fluid and Solid-Solid Phase Separation of Symmetric Nonadditive Hard Spheres at High Density.

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    Góźdź, W T

    2017-08-30

    We have calculated the values of the critical packing fractions for the mixtures of symmetric nonadditive hard spheres at high densities for small values of the nonadditivity parameter. Calculations have been performed for solid-solid and fluid-fluid demixing transitions. A cluster algorithm for Monte Carlo simulations in a semigrand ensemble was used, and the waste recycling method was applied to improve the accuracy of the calculations. The finite size scaling analysis was employed to compute the critical packing fractions for infinite systems with high accuracy.

  13. Efficiency of rejection-free dynamic Monte Carlo methods for homogeneous spin models, hard disk systems, and hard sphere systems.

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    Watanabe, Hiroshi; Yukawa, Satoshi; Novotny, M A; Ito, Nobuyasu

    2006-08-01

    We construct asymptotic arguments for the relative efficiency of rejection-free Monte Carlo (MC) methods compared to the standard MC method. We find that the efficiency is proportional to exp(constbeta) in the Ising, sqrt[beta] in the classical XY, and beta in the classical Heisenberg spin systems with inverse temperature beta, regardless of the dimension. The efficiency in hard particle systems is also obtained, and found to be proportional to (rho(cp)-rho)(-d) with the closest packing density rho(cp), density rho, and dimension d of the systems. We construct and implement a rejection-free Monte Carlo method for the hard-disk system. The RFMC has a greater computational efficiency at high densities, and the density dependence of the efficiency is as predicted by our arguments.

  14. Analytic solutions for Baxter's model of sticky hard sphere fluids within closures different from the Percus-Yevick approximation.

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    Gazzillo, Domenico; Giacometti, Achille

    2004-03-08

    We discuss structural and thermodynamical properties of Baxter's adhesive hard sphere model within a class of closures which includes the Percus-Yevick (PY) one. The common feature of all these closures is to have a direct correlation function vanishing beyond a certain range, each closure being identified by a different approximation within the original square-well region. This allows a common analytical solution of the Ornstein-Zernike integral equation, with the cavity function playing a privileged role. A careful analytical treatment of the equation of state is reported. Numerical comparison with Monte Carlo simulations shows that the PY approximation lies between simpler closures, which may yield less accurate predictions but are easily extensible to multicomponent fluids, and more sophisticate closures which give more precise predictions but can hardly be extended to mixtures. In regimes typical for colloidal and protein solutions, however, it is found that the perturbative closures, even when limited to first order, produce satisfactory results.

  15. Local shear viscosity of strongly inhomogeneous dense fluids: from the hard-sphere to the Lennard-Jones fluids.

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    Hoang, Hai; Galliero, Guillaume

    2013-12-04

    This work aims at providing a tractable approach to model the local shear viscosity of strongly inhomogeneous dense fluids composed of spherical molecules, in which the density variations occur on molecular distance. The proposed scheme, which relies on the local density average model, has been applied to the quasi-hard-sphere, the Week-Chandler-Andersen and the Lennard-Jones fluids. A weight function has been developed to deal with the hard-sphere fluid given the specificities of momentum exchange. To extend the approach to the smoothly repulsive potential, we have taken into account that the non-local contributions to the viscosity due to the interactions of particles separated by a given distance are temperature dependent. Then, using a simple perturbation scheme, the approach is extended to the Lennard-Jones fluids. It is shown that the viscosity profiles of inhomogeneous dense fluids deduced from this approach are consistent with those directly computed by non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations.

  16. Monte Carlo simulation and equation of state for flexible charged hard-sphere chain fluids: polyampholyte and polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Jiang, Hao; Adidharma, Hertanto

    2014-11-07

    The thermodynamic modeling of flexible charged hard-sphere chains representing polyampholyte or polyelectrolyte molecules in solution is considered. The excess Helmholtz energy and osmotic coefficients of solutions containing short polyampholyte and the osmotic coefficients of solutions containing short polyelectrolytes are determined by performing canonical and isobaric-isothermal Monte Carlo simulations. A new equation of state based on the thermodynamic perturbation theory is also proposed for flexible charged hard-sphere chains. For the modeling of such chains, the use of solely the structure information of monomer fluid for calculating the chain contribution is found to be insufficient and more detailed structure information must therefore be considered. Two approaches, i.e., the dimer and dimer-monomer approaches, are explored to obtain the contribution of the chain formation to the Helmholtz energy. By comparing with the simulation results, the equation of state with either the dimer or dimer-monomer approach accurately predicts the excess Helmholtz energy and osmotic coefficients of polyampholyte and polyelectrolyte solutions except at very low density. It also well captures the effect of temperature on the thermodynamic properties of these solutions.

  17. Long-range weight functions in fundamental measure theory of the non-uniform hard-sphere fluid

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    Hansen-Goos, Hendrik

    2016-06-01

    We introduce long-range weight functions to the framework of fundamental measure theory (FMT) of the non-uniform, single-component hard-sphere fluid. While the range of the usual weight functions is equal to the hard-sphere radius R, the modified weight functions have range 3R. Based on the augmented FMT, we calculate the radial distribution function g(r) up to second order in the density within Percus’ test particle theory. Consistency of the compressibility and virial routes on this level allows us to determine the free parameter γ of the theory. As a side result, we obtain a value for the fourth virial coefficient B 4 which deviates by only 0.01% from the exact result. The augmented FMT is tested for the dense fluid by comparing results for g(r) calculated via the test particle route to existing results from molecular dynamics simulations. The agreement at large distances (r  >  6R) is significantly improved when the FMT with long-range weight functions is used. In order to improve agreement close to contact (r  =  2R) we construct a free energy which is based on the accurate Carnahan-Starling equation of state, rather than the Percus-Yevick compressibility equation underlying standard FMT.

  18. Molecular simulation of homogeneous crystal nucleation of AB2 solid phase from a binary hard sphere mixture

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    Bommineni, Praveen Kumar; Punnathanam, Sudeep N.

    2017-08-01

    Co-crystal formation from fluid-mixtures is quite common in a large number of systems. The simplest systems that show co-crystal (also called substitutionally ordered solids) formation are binary hard sphere mixtures. In this work, we study the nucleation of AB2 type solid compounds using Monte Carlo molecular simulations in binary hard sphere mixtures with the size ratio of 0.55. The conditions chosen for the study lie in the region where nucleation of an AB2 type solid competes with that of a pure A solid with a face-centered-cubic structure. The fluid phase composition is kept equal to that of the AB2 type solid. The nucleation free-energy barriers are computed using the seeding technique of Sanz et al. [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 15008 (2013)]. Our simulation results show that the nucleation of the AB2 type solid is favored even under conditions where the pure A solid is more stable. This is primarily due to the similarity in the composition of the fluid phase and the AB2 type solid which in turn leads to much lower interfacial tension between the crystal nucleus and the fluid phase. This system is an example of how the fluid phase composition affects the structure of the nucleating solid phase during crystallization and has relevance to crystal polymorphism during crystallization processes.

  19. Solvothermal synthesis of monodisperse LiFePO4 micro hollow spheres as high performance cathode material for lithium ion batteries.

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    Yang, Shiliu; Hu, Mingjun; Xi, Liujiang; Ma, Ruguang; Dong, Yucheng; Chung, C Y

    2013-09-25

    A microspherical, hollow LiFePO4 (LFP) cathode material with polycrystal structure was simply synthesized by a solvothermal method using spherical Li3PO4 as the self-sacrificed template and FeCl2·4H2O as the Fe(2+) source. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that the LFP micro hollow spheres have a quite uniform size of ~1 μm consisting of aggregated nanoparticles. The influences of solvent and Fe(2+) source on the phase and morphology of the final product were chiefly investigated, and a direct ion exchange reaction between spherical Li3PO4 templates and Fe(2+) ions was firstly proposed on the basis of the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) transformation of the products. The LFP nanoparticles in the micro hollow spheres could finely coat a uniform carbon layer ~3.5 nm by a glucose solution impregnating-drying-sintering process. The electrochemical measurements show that the carbon coated LFP materials could exhibit high charge-discharge capacities of 158, 144, 125, 101, and even 72 mAh g(-1) at 0.1, 1, 5, 20, and 50 C, respectively. It could also maintain 80% of the initial discharge capacity after cycling for 2000 times at 20 C.

  20. A Self-Consistent Theory for the Inter- and Intra-molecular Correlation Functions of a Hard-Sphere-Yukawa- Chain Fluids

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    YU Yang-Xin; WU Jian-Zhong; YOU Feng-Qi; GAO Guang-Hua

    2005-01-01

    @@ An extended test-particle method is used to predict the inter- and intramolecular correlation functions of freely jointed hard-sphere-Yukawa-chain fluids by calculating the segmental density distributions around a fixed seg ment. The underlying density functional theory for chain fluids is based on a modified fundamental measure theory for the hard-sphere repulsive and a mean-field approximation for attraction between different segments.The calculated intra- and inter-molecular distribution functions agree well with the results from Monte Carlo simulations, better than those from alternative approaches.

  1. Perturbation approach for equation of state for hard-sphere and Lennard–Jones pure fluids

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    S B Khasare; M S Deshpande

    2011-06-01

    In this paper we have established the equation of state (EOS) for liquids. The EOS was established for hard-sphere (HS) fluid along with Lennard–Jones (LJ) fluid incorporating perturbation techniques. The calculations are based on suitable axiomatic functional forms for surface tension $S_m (r )$, $r ≥ d/2$ with intermolecular separation , as a variable, and is an arbitrary real number (pole). The results for /ρ from the present EOS thus obtained are compared with Percus-Yevick (PY), scaled particle theory (SPT), and Carnahan–Starling (CS). In addition, we have found a simple EOS for the HS fluid in the region which represents the simulation data accurately. It is observed that, this EOS for HS gives, PY (pressure) for = 0, CS for = 4/5, whereas for = 1 it corresponds to SPT.

  2. Perturbation and variational approach for the equation of state for hard-sphere and Lennard-Jones fluids

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    S. B. Khasare

    2012-01-01

    The present work uses the concept of a scaled particle along with the perturbation and variation approach,to develop an equation of state (EOS) for a mixture of hard sphere (HS),Lennard-Jones (LJ) fluids.A suitable flexible functional form for the radial distribution function G(R) is assumed for the mixture,with R as a variable.The function G(R) has an arbitrary parameter m and a different equation of state can be obtained with a suitable choice of m.For m =0.75 and m =0.83 results are close to molecular dynamics (MD) result for pure HS and LJ fluid respectively.

  3. Following the Evolution of Hard Sphere Glasses in Infinite Dimensions under External Perturbations: Compression and Shear Strain

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    Rainone, Corrado; Urbani, Pierfrancesco; Yoshino, Hajime; Zamponi, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    We consider the adiabatic evolution of glassy states under external perturbations. The formalism we use is very general. Here we use it for infinite-dimensional hard spheres where an exact analysis is possible. We consider perturbations of the boundary, i.e., compression or (volume preserving) shear strain, and we compute the response of glassy states to such perturbations: pressure and shear stress. We find that both quantities overshoot before the glass state becomes unstable at a spinodal point where it melts into a liquid (or yields). We also estimate the yield stress of the glass. Finally, we study the stability of the glass basins towards breaking into sub-basins, corresponding to a Gardner transition. We find that close to the dynamical transition, glasses undergo a Gardner transition after an infinitesimal perturbation.

  4. Testing a simple method for computing directly the bulk modulus by NPT simulation: The case of polydisperse hard sphere solids

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    Li, Da; Xu, Hong

    2015-10-01

    The bulk modulus of hard sphere solids has been computed directly by constant pressure Monte-Carlo simulations, using the histogram of the volume fluctuations. In considering first the one-component system, we show that the method is accurate in a large range of pressures, including high-pressure regime. The method is then applied to a polydisperse solid with relatively low polydispersity index. For illustrative purpose, we took a three-component mixture with symmetric size-distribution, and we studied the solid phase (fcc crystal) of this system. Our results show that the equation of state is very sensitive to the polydispersity. Furthermore, in the high-pressure region, where no (accurate) analytical fit for the equation of state exists, our simulations are able to predict the bulk modulus of such systems.

  5. Finite-size effects in the microscopic structure of a hard-sphere fluid in a narrow cylindrical pore.

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    Román, F L; White, J A; González, A; Velasco, S

    2006-04-21

    We examine the microscopic structure of a hard-sphere fluid confined to a small cylindrical pore by means of Monte Carlo simulation. In order to analyze finite-size effects, the simulations are carried out in the framework of different statistical mechanics ensembles. We find that the size effects are specially relevant in the canonical ensemble where noticeable differences are found with the results in the grand canonical ensemble (GCE) and the isothermal isobaric ensemble (IIE) which, in most situations, remain very close to the infinite system results. A customary series expansion in terms of fluctuations of either the number of particles (GCE) or the inverse volume (IIE) allows us to connect with the results of the canonical ensemble.

  6. Nonideal diffusion effects and short-range ordering lead to higher aggregation rates in concentrated hard-sphere dispersions.

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    Kelkar, Aniruddha V; Franses, Elias I; Corti, David S

    2014-04-08

    Brownian aggregation in concentrated hard-sphere dispersions is studied using models and Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations. Two new theoretical models are presented and compared to several existing approaches and BD simulation results, which serve as benchmarks. The first new model is an improvement over an existing local density approximation (LDA)-based model. The other is based on the more rigorous Fundamental measure theory (FMT) applied to the "liquid-state" dynamic density-functional theory (DDFT). Both models provide significant improvements over the classical Smoluchowski model. The predictions of the new FM-DDFT-based model for aggregation kinetics are in excellent agreement with BD simulation results for dispersions with initial particle volume fractions, ϕ, up to 0.35 (close to the hard-sphere freezing transition at ϕ = 0.494). In contrast to previous approaches, the nonideal particle diffusion effects and the initial and time-dependent short-range ordering in concentrated dispersions due to entropic packing effects are explicitly considered here, in addition to the unsteady-state effects. The greater accuracy of the FM-DDFT-based model compared to that of the LDA-based models indicates that nonlocal contributions to particle diffusion (only accounted for in the former) play important roles in aggregation. At high concentrations, the FM-DDFT-based model predicts aggregation half-times and gelation times that are up to 2 orders of magnitude shorter than those of the Smoluchowski model. Moreover, the FM-DDFT-based model predicts asymmetric cluster-cluster aggregation rate constants, at least for short times. Overall, a rigorous mechanistic understanding of the enhancement of aggregation kinetics in concentrated dispersions is provided.

  7. Polydispersity effect on solid-fluid transition in hard sphere systems

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    Nogawa, T.

    2010-02-01

    The solid-fluid transition of the hard elastic particle system with size polydispersity is studied by molecular dynamics simulations. Using nonequilibrium relaxation from the mixed initial condition we determines the melting point where the first order transition between the solid, fcc crystal, and fluid states occurs. It is found that the density gap between the bistable states decreases with increasing the strength of the polydispersity and continuously approaches to zero at the critical point. © 2010.

  8. Numerical simulations of granular dynamics. I. Hard-sphere discrete element method and tests

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    Richardson, Derek C; Murdoch, Naomi; Michel, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    We present a new particle-based (discrete element) numerical method for the simulation of granular dynamics, with application to motions of particles on small solar system body and planetary surfaces. The method employs the parallel N-body tree code pkdgrav to search for collisions and compute particle trajectories. Collisions are treated as instantaneous point-contact events between rigid spheres. Particle confinement is achieved by combining arbitrary combinations of four provided wall primitives, namely infinite plane, finite disk, infinite cylinder, and finite cylinder, and degenerate cases of these. Various wall movements, including translation, oscillation, and rotation, are supported. We provide full derivations of collision prediction and resolution equations for all geometries and motions. Several tests of the method are described, including a model granular "atmosphere" that achieves correct energy equipartition, and a series of tumbler simulations that show the expected transition from tumbling to ...

  9. Mixture of neutral and dipolar-hard spheres confined in a slit pore: field-induced population inversion and demixing

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    Brunet, Charles; Amokrane, Said

    2011-01-01

    We study by Monte Carlo simulation a binary mixture of neutral and dipolar hard-spheres with non-additive diameters. With a view to understanding the interplay between population inversion for an open pore and the demixing phase transitions, the mixture is considered in the bulk and confined between two parallel hard-walls modeling a slit pore. A uniform field is applied in the pore in order to control its composition as shown previously. The demixing lines in the bulk and in the pore are studied by the Gibbs Ensemble Monte Carlo method. The open pore-bulk mixture equilibrium is studied by a combination of canonical/grand canonical simulations. A moderate electrostatic coupling is considered for remaining close to the conditions in which a jump in the adsorption of the minority species has been observed at zero field. Demixing lines are given in the bulk and for two different pore widths in parallel and normal fields, together with population inversion paths. Similarly to the effect of geometrical confinement...

  10. Binary non-additive hard sphere mixtures: fluid demixing, asymptotic decay of correlations and free fluid interfaces

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    Hopkins, Paul; Schmidt, Matthias, E-mail: Paul.Hopkins@bristol.ac.u [H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-18

    Using a fundamental measure density functional theory we investigate both bulk and inhomogeneous systems of the binary non-additive hard sphere model. For sufficiently large (positive) non-additivity the mixture phase separates into two fluid phases with different compositions. We calculate bulk fluid-fluid coexistence curves for a range of size ratios and non-additivity parameters and find that they compare well to simulation results from the literature. Using the Ornstein-Zernike equation, we investigate the asymptotic, r{yields}{infinity}, decay of the partial pair correlation functions, g{sub ij}(r). At low densities a structural crossover occurs in the asymptotic decay between two different damped oscillatory modes with different wavelengths corresponding to the two intra-species hard-core diameters. On approaching the fluid-fluid critical point there is a Fisher-Widom crossover from exponentially damped oscillatory to monotonic asymptotic decay. Using the density functional we calculate the density profiles for the planar free fluid-fluid interface between coexisting fluid phases. We show that the type of asymptotic decay of g{sub ij}(r) not only determines the asymptotic decay of the interface profiles, but is also relevant for intermediate and even short-ranged behaviour. We also determine the surface tension of the free fluid interface, finding that it increases with non-additivity, and that on approaching the critical point mean-field scaling holds.

  11. Binary non-additive hard sphere mixtures: fluid demixing, asymptotic decay of correlations and free fluid interfaces.

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    Hopkins, Paul; Schmidt, Matthias

    2010-08-18

    Using a fundamental measure density functional theory we investigate both bulk and inhomogeneous systems of the binary non-additive hard sphere model. For sufficiently large (positive) non-additivity the mixture phase separates into two fluid phases with different compositions. We calculate bulk fluid-fluid coexistence curves for a range of size ratios and non-additivity parameters and find that they compare well to simulation results from the literature. Using the Ornstein-Zernike equation, we investigate the asymptotic, [Formula: see text], decay of the partial pair correlation functions, g(ij)(r). At low densities a structural crossover occurs in the asymptotic decay between two different damped oscillatory modes with different wavelengths corresponding to the two intra-species hard-core diameters. On approaching the fluid-fluid critical point there is a Fisher-Widom crossover from exponentially damped oscillatory to monotonic asymptotic decay. Using the density functional we calculate the density profiles for the planar free fluid-fluid interface between coexisting fluid phases. We show that the type of asymptotic decay of g(ij)(r) not only determines the asymptotic decay of the interface profiles, but is also relevant for intermediate and even short-ranged behaviour. We also determine the surface tension of the free fluid interface, finding that it increases with non-additivity, and that on approaching the critical point mean-field scaling holds.

  12. Contact values of the particle-particle and wall-particle correlation functions in a hard-sphere polydisperse fluid.

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    Santos, Andrés; Yuste, Santos B; López de Haro, Mariano

    2005-12-15

    The contact values g(sigma,sigma') of the radial distribution functions of a fluid of (additive) hard spheres with a given size distribution f(sigma) are considered. A "universality" assumption is introduced, according to which, at a given packing fraction eta,g(sigma,sigma')=G(z(sigma,sigma')), where G is a common function independent of the number of components (either finite or infinite) and z(sigma,sigma')=[2sigmasigma'/(sigma+sigma')]mu2/mu3 is a dimensionless parameter, mu n being the nth moment of the diameter distribution. A cubic form proposal for the z dependence of G is made and known exact consistency conditions for the point particle and equal size limits, as well as between two different routes to compute the pressure of the system in the presence of a hard wall, are used to express Gz in terms of the radial distribution at contact of the one-component system. For polydisperse systems we compare the contact values of the wall-particle correlation function and the compressibility factor with those obtained from recent Monte Carlo simulations.

  13. Preparation and Properties of Monodisperse SnO2 Hollow Micro/Nano Spheres%单分散SnO2中空微纳米球的制备和性质

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    蔡宏敏; 任素贞; 王萌; 贾翠英

    2013-01-01

      模板法是制备无机中空微纳米球的重要方法之一。本文以苯乙烯为单体,通过乳液聚合得到粒径约为620 nm的单分散聚苯乙烯(PS)微球。以磺化后的聚苯乙烯(PSS)微球为模板,利用阴阳离子静电吸附作用,将PSS与前驱体SnSO4中的Sn2+结合。通过Sn2+在乙醇-水介质中的水解作用得到核-壳复合结构,再经高温煅烧,得到SnO2中空微纳米球。实验对前驱体的浓度、表面活性剂的用量、反应时间及模板选择等方面做了研究,通过扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)、红外(IR)光谱、热重分析(TGA)、H2程序升温还原(H2-TPR)、Brunauer-Emmett-Tel er (BET)比表面积等技术深入探究SnO2中空微纳米球的结构,并对比中空SnO2与实心粒子的氧化还原特性。 BET和H2-TPR显示将SnO2制备成微纳米空心球后其比表面积增大,表面氧空位明显增多,氧化活性明显提高。从IR及XRD推断核-壳结构形成机理,进而优化出简单合理的实验方案,获得表面光滑、结构致密,包覆厚度可控的SnO2中空微纳米球。%Templating is one of the most important methods for preparation of inorganic hol ow micro/nano spheres. We prepared monodisperse polystyrene (PS) microspheres having a diameter of 620 nm by the emulsion polymerization of styrene. Sulfonated polystyrene (PSS) microspheres were used as a template, through electrostatic adsorption of anions and cations, for modification with Sn2 + from SnSO4 precursor. The core-shel composite structures thereby produced through Sn2+ hydrolysis in an ethanol-water medium were calcined at high temperature to remove PSS and to obtain SnO2 hol ow micro/nano spheres. We investigated the effects of precursor concentration, amount of surfactant, reaction time, and templates choice. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), H2 temperature programmed

  14. Statistical Thermodynamics of an "Open" Hard Sphere System on the Equilibrium Fluid Isotherm: Study of Properties of the Freezing Transition Without Direct Involvement of the Equilibrium Solid Phase

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    Reiss, Howard; Manzanares, José A.

    2016-09-01

    Using several theoretical toolsldots (i) the nucleation theorem, (ii) an equivalent cavity, (iii) the reversible work of adding a cavity to an open hard sphere system, and (iv) the theory of "stability"... the authors estimated the density at which the hard sphere freezing transition occurs. No direct involvement of the equilibrium solid phase is involved. The reduced density \\uppi a^3ρ _f/6 (where a is the hard sphere diameter and ρ _f is the actual density at which freezing occurs) is found to be 0.4937 while the value obtained by computer simulation is 0.494. The agreement is good, but the new method still contains some approximation. However, the approximation is based on the idea that at a density just below ρ _f the fluid adopts a distorted structure resembling the solid, but different enough so that long-range order vanishes. Initial loss of stability may not be involved in every fluid-solid transition, but it may be an early step in the hard sphere and related systems.

  15. A local approximation of fundamental measure theory incorporated into three dimensional Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations to account for hard sphere repulsion among ions

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    Qiao, Yu; Chen, Minxin

    2015-01-01

    The hard sphere repulsion among ions can be considered in the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equations by combining the fundamental measure theory (FMT). To reduce the nonlocal computational complexity in 3D simulation of biological systems, a local approximation of FMT is derived, which forms a local hard sphere PNP (LHSPNP) model. In the derivation, the excess chemical potential from hard sphere repulsion is obtained with the FMT and has six integration components. For the integrands and weighted densities in each component, Taylor expansions are performed and the lowest order approximations are taken, which result in the final local hard sphere (LHS) excess chemical potential with four components. By plugging the LHS excess chemical potential into the ionic flux expression in the Nernst-Planck equation, the three dimensional LHSPNP is obtained. It is interestingly found that the essential part of free energy term of the previous size modified model has a very similar form to one term of the LHS model, but LHS...

  16. A General Synthesis Strategy for Hierarchical Porous Metal Oxide Hollow Spheres

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    Huadong Fu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The hierarchical porous TiO2 hollow spheres were successfully prepared by using the hydrothermally synthesized colloidal carbon spheres as templates and tetrabutyl titanate as inorganic precursors. The diameter and wall thickness of hollow TiO2 spheres were determined by the hard templates and concentration of tetrabutyl titanate. The particle size, dispersity, homogeneity, and surface state of the carbon spheres can be easily controlled by adjusting the hydrothermal conditions and adding certain amount of the surfactants. The prepared hollow spheres possessed the perfect spherical shape, monodispersity, and hierarchically pore structures, and the further experiment verified that the present approach can be used to prepare other metal oxide hollow spheres, which could be used as catalysis, fuel cells, lithium-air battery, gas sensor, and so on.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of monodisperse ZnxCd1-xS spheres and their photocatalytic properties%水热合成单分散球状ZnxCd1-xS及其光催化性质

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    贾志方; 王富民; 辛峰

    2011-01-01

    采用简单的水热合成路线制备高产量单分散球状ZnxCd1-xS,通过X射线衍射、扫描电镜以及紫外-可见漫反射对所得的产物进行表征.结果表明,所得产物呈现六方相纤锌矿结构,并且ZnxCd1-xS产物呈现出很好的均匀性与规则性.采用光催化降解罗丹明B反应来评价ZnxCd1-xS的光催化活性.其中,Zn0.4Cd0.6S具有最高的催化活性,并且在降解反应过程中表现出很高的稳定性.%Monodisperse ZnxCd1-xS spheres were successfully fabricated with a high yield by a facile hydrothermal route.The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometry,scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectroscopy.The results indicate that all the prepared samples have the same hexagonal wurtzite phase and exhibit good size uniformity and regularity.Degradation of rhodamine-B (RhB) was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of ZnxCd1-xS samples.Zn0.4Cd0.6S possessed the best photocatalytic activity and exhibited high stability during the reaction.

  18. Growth Kinetics of Monodisperse Polystyrene Microspheres Prepared by Dispersion Polymerization

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Dispersion polymerization has been widely applied to the synthesis of monodisperse micron-sized polymer colloidal spheres. Many efforts have been devoted to studying the influence of initial conditions on the size and uniformity of the resultant microspheres, aiming to synthesize micron-size monodisperse colloidal spheres. However, the inner contradiction between the size and the size distribution of colloidal spheres hinders the realization of this goal. In this work, we drew our attention from the initial conditions to the growth stage of dispersion polymerization. We tracked the size evolution of colloidal sphere during the dispersion polymerization, through which we established a kinetic model that described the relationship between the monomer concentration and the reaction time. The model may provide a guideline to prepare large polymer colloidal spheres with good monodispersity by continuous monomer feeding during the growth stage to maintain the concentration of monomer at a constant value in a dispersion polymerization process.

  19. Arrest scenarios in concentrated protein solutions - from hard sphere glasses to arrested spinodal decomposition

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    Stradner, Anna; Bucciarelli, Saskia; Casal, Lucia; Foffi, Giuseppe; Thurston, George; Farago, Bela; Schurtenberger, Peter

    2014-03-01

    The occurrence of an arrest transition in concentrated colloid suspensions and its dependence on the interaction potential is a hot topic in soft matter. Such arrest transitions can also occur in concentrated protein solutions, as they exist e.g. in biological cells or are increasingly used in pharmaceutical formulations. Here we demonstrate the applicability of concepts from colloid science to understand the dynamics of concentrated protein solutions. In this presentation we report a combination of 3D light scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering and neutron spin echo measurements to study the structural properties as well as the collective and self diffusion of proteins in highly concentrated solutions on the relevant length and time scales. We demonstrate that various arrest scenarios indeed exist for different globular proteins. The proteins chosen are different bovine lens crystallins. We report examples of hard and attractive glass transitions and arrested spinodal decomposition directly linked to the effective pair potentials determined in static scattering experiments for the different proteins. We discuss these different arrest scenarios in view of possible applications of dense protein solutions as well as in view of their possible relevance for living systems.

  20. Lars Onsager Prize: The mean field solution for Hard Sphere Jamming and a new scenario for the low temperature landscape of glasses

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    Parisi, Giorgio

    In a hard spheres systems particles cannot overlap. Increasing the density we reach a point where most of the particles are blocked and the density cannot be increased any more: this is the jamming point. The jamming point separates the phase, where all the constraint can be satisfied, from an unsatifiable phase, where spheres do have to overlap. A scaling theory of the behavior around the jamming critical point has been formulated and a few critical exponents have been introduced. The exponents are apparently super-universal, as far as they do seem to be independent from the space dimensions. The mean field version of the model (i.e. the infinite dimensions limit) has been solved analytically using broken replica symmetry techniques and the computed critical exponents have been found in a remarkable agreement with three-dimensional and two-dimensional numerical results and experiments. The theory predicts in hard spheres (in glasses) a new transition (the Gardener transition) from the replica symmetric phase to the replica broken phase at high density (at low temperature), in agreement with simulations on hard sphere systems. I will briefly discuss the possible consequences of this new picture on the very low temperature behavior of glasses in the quantum regime.

  1. Size asymmetric hard spheres as a convenient model for the capacitance of the electrical double layer of an ionic liquid.

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    Lamperski, Stanisław; Sosnowska, Joanna; Bhuiyan, Lutful Bari; Henderson, Douglas

    2014-01-07

    Even though ionic liquids are composed of nonspherical ions, it is shown here that the general features of the capacitance of an electrical double layer can be obtained using a charged hard sphere model. We have shown in our earlier studies that at high electrolyte concentrations or large magnitudes of the electrode charge density the fact that the ions have a finite size, and are not point ions, cause the capacitance near the potential of zero charge to increase and change from a minimum to a maximum as the ionic concentration is increased and to decrease as the magnitude of the electrode charge density increases. Here, we show that the asymmetry of the capacitance of an ionic liquid can be explained qualitatively by using spherical ions of different size without attempting to introduce the ionic shape in a detailed manner. This means that the general features of the capacitance of the double layer of an ionic liquid can be studied without using a complex model, although the study of the density or charge profiles of an ionic fluid would require one. However, this is often unnecessary in the analysis of many experiments.

  2. The vanishing limit of the square-well fluid: the adhesive hard-sphere model as a reference system.

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    Largo, J; Miller, M A; Sciortino, F

    2008-04-07

    We report a simulation study of the gas-liquid critical point for the square-well potential, for values of well width delta as small as 0.005 times the particle diameter sigma. For small delta, the reduced second virial coefficient at the critical point B2*c is found to depend linearly on delta. The observed weak linear dependence is not sufficient to produce any significant observable effect if the critical temperature Tc is estimated via a constant B2*c assumption, due to the highly nonlinear transformation between B2*c and Tc. This explains the previously observed validity of the law of corresponding states. The critical density rho c is also found to be constant when measured in units of the cube of the average distance between two bonded particles (1+0.5 delta)sigma. The possibility of describing the delta-->0 dependence with precise functional forms provides improved accurate estimates of the critical parameters of the adhesive hard-sphere model.

  3. On the accurate direct computation of the isothermal compressibility for normal quantum simple fluids: application to quantum hard spheres.

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    Sesé, Luis M

    2012-06-28

    A systematic study of the direct computation of the isothermal compressibility of normal quantum fluids is presented by analyzing the solving of the Ornstein-Zernike integral (OZ2) equation for the pair correlations between the path-integral necklace centroids. A number of issues related to the accuracy that can be achieved via this sort of procedure have been addressed, paying particular attention to the finite-N effects and to the definition of significant error bars for the estimates of isothermal compressibilities. Extensive path-integral Monte Carlo computations for the quantum hard-sphere fluid (QHS) have been performed in the (N, V, T) ensemble under temperature and density conditions for which dispersion effects dominate the quantum behavior. These computations have served to obtain the centroid correlations, which have been processed further via the numerical solving of the OZ2 equation. To do so, Baxter-Dixon-Hutchinson's variational procedure, complemented with Baumketner-Hiwatari's grand-canonical corrections, has been used. The virial equation of state has also been obtained and several comparisons between different versions of the QHS equation of state have been made. The results show the reliability of the procedure based on isothermal compressibilities discussed herein, which can then be regarded as a useful and quick means of obtaining the equation of state for fluids under quantum conditions involving strong repulsive interactions.

  4. Structural and thermodynamical properties of charged hard spheres in a mixture with core-softened model solvent.

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    Lukšič, Miha; Hribar-Lee, Barbara; Vlachy, Vojko; Pizio, O

    2012-12-28

    The canonical Monte Carlo computer simulations and integral equation theory were applied to examine the structural and thermodynamic properties of a mixture of ions and a core-softened fluid molecules. The positive and negative ions forming a +1:-1 salt were modeled as charged hard spheres, immersed in the dielectric medium. It was shown previously that the core-softened fluid under study is characterized by a set of structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic anomalies. The principal objective of this work was to elucidate how the presence of ions alters this behavior. The structural properties of the mixtures are discussed in terms of the pair distribution functions; in addition, the pair contribution to the excess entropy was calculated. Thermodynamic properties are investigated by using the dependencies of energy and compressibility factor on density, composition of the mixture, and reduced temperature. The heat capacity was also evaluated. Our principal findings concern the description of structural anomalies in the mixture, the dependence of the temperature of maximum density on the ionic concentration, and establishing the regions delimiting the structural and thermodynamic anomalies of the model mixture.

  5. The van Hove distribution function for brownian hard spheres: dynamical test particle theory and computer simulations for bulk dynamics.

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    Hopkins, Paul; Fortini, Andrea; Archer, Andrew J; Schmidt, Matthias

    2010-12-14

    We describe a test particle approach based on dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) for studying the correlated time evolution of the particles that constitute a fluid. Our theory provides a means of calculating the van Hove distribution function by treating its self and distinct parts as the two components of a binary fluid mixture, with the "self " component having only one particle, the "distinct" component consisting of all the other particles, and using DDFT to calculate the time evolution of the density profiles for the two components. We apply this approach to a bulk fluid of Brownian hard spheres and compare to results for the van Hove function and the intermediate scattering function from Brownian dynamics computer simulations. We find good agreement at low and intermediate densities using the very simple Ramakrishnan-Yussouff [Phys. Rev. B 19, 2775 (1979)] approximation for the excess free energy functional. Since the DDFT is based on the equilibrium Helmholtz free energy functional, we can probe a free energy landscape that underlies the dynamics. Within the mean-field approximation we find that as the particle density increases, this landscape develops a minimum, while an exact treatment of a model confined situation shows that for an ergodic fluid this landscape should be monotonic. We discuss possible implications for slow, glassy, and arrested dynamics at high densities.

  6. Two- and three-phase equilibria of polydisperse Yukawa hard-sphere fluids confined in random porous media: high temperature approximation and scaled particle theory.

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    Hvozd, Taras V; Kalyuzhnyi, Yurij V

    2017-02-15

    We have studied the phase behavior of polydisperse Yukawa hard-sphere fluid confined in random porous media using extension and combination of high temperature approximation and scaled particle theory. The porous media are represented by the matrix of randomly placed hard-sphere obstacles. Due to the confinement, polydispersity effects are substantially enhanced. At an intermediate degree of fluid polydispersity and low density of the matrix, we observe two-phase coexistence with two critical points, and cloud and shadow curves forming closed loops of ellipsoidal shape. With the increase of the matrix density and the constant degree of polydispersity, these two critical points merge and disappear, and at lower temperatures the system fractionates into three coexisting phases. A similar phase behavior was observed in the absence of the porous media caused, however, by the increase of the polydispersity.

  7. Generalization of Rosenfeld's functional to non-additive hard-spheres: pair structure and test-particle consistency

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    Ayadim, A; Amokrane, S [Physique des Liquides et Milieux Complexes, Faculte des Sciences et Technologie, Universite Paris-Est (Creteil), 61 Avenue du General de Gaulle, 94010 Creteil Cedex (France)

    2010-01-27

    The accuracy of the structural data obtained from the recently proposed generalization to non-additive hard-spheres (Schmidt 2004 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16 L351) of Rosenfeld's functional is investigated. The radial distribution functions computed from the direct correlation functions generated by the functional, through the Ornstein-Zernike equations, are compared with those obtained from the density profile equations in the test-particle limit, without and with test-particle consistency. The differences between these routes and the role of the optimization of the parameters of the reference system when the functional is used to obtain the reference bridge functional are discussed in the case of symmetric binary mixtures of non-additive hard-spheres. The case of highly asymmetric mixtures is finally briefly discussed.

  8. Effect of an external field on the structure and the phase transitions of a confined mixture of neutral and dipolar hard spheres

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    Chung, S.; Malherbe, J. G.; Amokrane, S.

    2015-11-01

    We study by Monte Carlo simulation the model of a binary mixture of neutral and dipolar hard spheres confined between two widely separated planar walls and subjected to a uniform external field. The goal is to investigate the structural response and the phase transitions of a fluid of hard-sphere-like colloids dispersed in a low-permittivity solvent under the combined effect of geometrical confinement and applied field. In a wide slab, the direction of the field, either normal or perpendicular to the walls, remains one of the most important factors that govern the response of the mixture: in normal field, a wide variety of structural effects are evidenced, including partial wetting or drying of the wall; in parallel field, phase separation is favoured with a specific population of the region close to the wall and a clear separation of the two species. These results suggest possible means to modulate the response of the confined fluid for specific needs.

  9. Liquid-gas phase behavior of polydisperse dipolar hard-sphere fluid: Extended thermodynamic perturbation theory for central force associating potential

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    Yu.V. Kalyuzhnyi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The liquid-gas phase diagram for polydisperse dipolar hard-sphere fluid with polydispersity in the hard-sphere size and dipolar moment is calculated using extension of the recently proposed thermodynamic perturbation theory for central force (TPT-CF associating potential. To establish the connection with the phase behavior of ferrocolloidal dispersions it is assumed that the dipole moment is proportional to the cube of the hard-sphere diameter. We present and discuss the full phase diagram, which includes cloud and shadow curves, binodals and distribution functions of the coexisting daughter phases at different degrees of the system polydispersity. In all cases studied polydispersity increases the region of the phase instability and shifts the critical point to the higher values of the temperature and density. The larger size particles always fractionate to the liquid phase and the smaller size particles tend to move to the gas phase. At relatively high values of the system polydispersity three-phase coexistence is observed.

  10. A Local Approximation of Fundamental Measure Theory Incorporated into Three Dimensional Poisson-Nernst-Planck Equations to Account for Hard Sphere Repulsion Among Ions

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    Qiao, Yu; Liu, Xuejiao; Chen, Minxin; Lu, Benzhuo

    2016-04-01

    The hard sphere repulsion among ions can be considered in the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equations by combining the fundamental measure theory (FMT). To reduce the nonlocal computational complexity in 3D simulation of biological systems, a local approximation of FMT is derived, which forms a local hard sphere PNP (LHSPNP) model. In the derivation, the excess chemical potential from hard sphere repulsion is obtained with the FMT and has six integration components. For the integrands and weighted densities in each component, Taylor expansions are performed and the lowest order approximations are taken, which result in the final local hard sphere (LHS) excess chemical potential with four components. By plugging the LHS excess chemical potential into the ionic flux expression in the Nernst-Planck equation, the three dimensional LHSPNP is obtained. It is interestingly found that the essential part of free energy term of the previous size modified model (Borukhov et al. in Phys Rev Lett 79:435-438, 1997; Kilic et al. in Phys Rev E 75:021502, 2007; Lu and Zhou in Biophys J 100:2475-2485, 2011; Liu and Eisenberg in J Chem Phys 141:22D532, 2014) has a very similar form to one term of the LHS model, but LHSPNP has more additional terms accounting for size effects. Equation of state for one component homogeneous fluid is studied for the local hard sphere approximation of FMT and is proved to be exact for the first two virial coefficients, while the previous size modified model only presents the first virial coefficient accurately. To investigate the effects of LHS model and the competitions among different counterion species, numerical experiments are performed for the traditional PNP model, the LHSPNP model, the previous size modified PNP (SMPNP) model and the Monte Carlo simulation. It's observed that in steady state the LHSPNP results are quite different from the PNP results, but are close to the SMPNP results under a wide range of boundary conditions. Besides, in both

  11. Liquid theory with high accuracy and broad applicability: Coupling parameter series expansion and non hard sphere perturbation strategy

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    Zhou, Shiqi

    2011-12-01

    Thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids are of fundamental interest in physics, chemistry, and biology, and perturbation approach has been fundamental to liquid theoretical approaches since the dawn of modern statistical mechanics and remains so to this day. Although thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT) is widely used in the chemical physics community, one of the most popular versions of the TPT, i.e. Zwanzig (Zwanzig, R. W. J. Chem. Phys. 1954, 22, 1420-1426) 1st-order high temperature series expansion (HTSE) TPT and its 2nd-order counterpart under a macroscopic compressibility approximation of Barker-Henderson (Barker, J. A.; Henderson, D. J. Chem. Phys. 1967, 47, 2856-2861), have some serious shortcomings: (i) the nth-order term of the HTSE is involved with reference fluid distribution functions of order up to 2n, and the higher-order terms hence progressively become more complicated and numerically inaccessible; (ii) the performance of the HTSE rapidly deteriorates and the calculated results become even qualitatively incorrect as the temperature of interest decreases. This account deals with the developments that we have made over the last five years or so to advance a coupling parameter series expansion (CPSE) and a non hard sphere (HS) perturbation strategy that has scored some of its greatest successes in overcoming the above-mentioned difficulties. In this account (i) we expatiate on implementation details of our schemes: how input information indispensable to high-order truncation of the CPSE in both the HS and non HS perturbation schemes is calculated by an Ornstein-Zernike integral equation theory; how high-order thermodynamic quantities, such as critical parameters and excess constant volume heat capacity, are extracted from the resulting excess Helmholtz free energy with irregular and inevitable numerical errors; how to select reference potential in the non HS perturbation scheme. (ii) We give a quantitative analysis on why convergence

  12. Liquid theory with high accuracy and broad applicability: Coupling parameter series expansion and non hard sphere perturbation strategy

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    Shiqi Zhou

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids are of fundamental interest in physics, chemistry, and biology, and perturbation approach has been fundamental to liquid theoretical approaches since the dawn of modern statistical mechanics and remains so to this day. Although thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT is widely used in the chemical physics community, one of the most popular versions of the TPT, i.e. Zwanzig (Zwanzig, R. W. J. Chem. Phys. 1954, 22, 1420-1426 1st-order high temperature series expansion (HTSE TPT and its 2nd-order counterpart under a macroscopic compressibility approximation of Barker-Henderson (Barker, J. A.; Henderson, D. J. Chem. Phys. 1967, 47, 2856-2861, have some serious shortcomings: (i the nth-order term of the HTSE is involved with reference fluid distribution functions of order up to 2n, and the higher-order terms hence progressively become more complicated and numerically inaccessible; (ii the performance of the HTSE rapidly deteriorates and the calculated results become even qualitatively incorrect as the temperature of interest decreases. This account deals with the developments that we have made over the last five years or so to advance a coupling parameter series expansion (CPSE and a non hard sphere (HS perturbation strategy that has scored some of its greatest successes in overcoming the above-mentioned difficulties. In this account (i we expatiate on implementation details of our schemes: how input information indispensable to high-order truncation of the CPSE in both the HS and non HS perturbation schemes is calculated by an Ornstein-Zernike integral equation theory; how high-order thermodynamic quantities, such as critical parameters and excess constant volume heat capacity, are extracted from the resulting excess Helmholtz free energy with irregular and inevitable numerical errors; how to select reference potential in the non HS perturbation scheme. (ii We give a quantitative analysis on why

  13. The equation of state of flexible chains of tangent hard spheres at high-density region from simulation and thermodynamic perturbation theory.

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    Alavi, Farzad; Feyzi, Farzaneh

    2013-01-14

    Radial and triplet correlation functions of the reference hard sphere system are determined at several solid densities by canonical Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. These customized data are used to extend the second order thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT) to the solid phase of flexible hard chain systems. In order to test the accuracy of the TPT equation of state (EOS) for hard chains, MC simulations are carried out for systems of chain length 4 to 15. Several simulations are performed in the isobaric-isothermal ensemble to obtain the high-density EOS of hard chains in the fluid and solid phases. To determine solid-fluid equilibrium (SFE), Helmholtz free energies of solid crystals at a reference density are determined in a series of canonical MC simulations. As the chain length increases, asymptotic behaviors are observed in the coexistence pressure and densities of fluid and solid phases. It is found that the accuracy of TPT for EOS and SFE in systems of hard chains greatly improves by extending it to second order.

  14. Diffusing wave spectroscopy study of the colloidal interactions occurring between casein micelles and emulsion droplets: comparison to hard-sphere behavior.

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    Gaygadzhiev, Zafir; Corredig, Milena; Alexander, Marcela

    2008-04-15

    Understanding the underlying processes that govern interparticle interactions in colloidal systems is fundamental to predicting changes in their bulk properties. In this paper we discuss the colloidal behavior of casein micelles and protein-stabilized fat globules individually and in a mixture. The colloidal interactions were observed by transmission diffusing wave spectroscopy. The turbidity parameter, l*, and the diffusion coefficients of the samples studied were measured experimentally and compared to the theoretically calculated parameters for a hard-sphere system. The light scattering properties of casein micelles (volume fraction phi = 0.1-0.2) dispersed in milk permeate showed no deviation from the theoretically predicted model. Whey protein isolate (WPI)-stabilized emulsions (phi = 0.025-0.1) prepared either in milk permeate or in 5 mM imidazole buffer at pH 6.8 showed a behavior identical to that of the hard-sphere model. Similarly to the WPI-stabilized fat globules, the sodium caseinate (NaCas)-stabilized emulsions (phi = 0.025-0.1) prepared in milk permeate also showed resemblance to the theory. In contrast, NaCas-stabilized emulsions prepared in 5 mM imidazole buffer exhibited some discrepancy from the theoretically calculated parameters. The deviation from theory is attributed to the enhanced steric stabilization properties of these droplets in a low ionic strength environment. When recombined milks made from concentrated milk and WPI- and NaCas-stabilized droplets prepared in permeate (phi = 0.125-0.2) were studied, the experimental data showed a significant deviation from the theoretical behavior of a hard-sphere model due to mixing of two different species.

  15. Water based on a molecular model behaves like a hard-sphere solvent for a nonpolar solute when the reference interaction site model and related theories are employed

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    Hayashi, Tomohiko; Oshima, Hiraku; Harano, Yuichi; Kinoshita, Masahiro

    2016-09-01

    For neutral hard-sphere solutes, we compare the reduced density profile of water around a solute g(r), solvation free energy μ, energy U, and entropy S under the isochoric condition predicted by the two theories: dielectrically consistent reference interaction site model (DRISM) and angle-dependent integral equation (ADIE) theories. A molecular model for water pertinent to each theory is adopted. The hypernetted-chain (HNC) closure is employed in the ADIE theory, and the HNC and Kovalenko-Hirata (K-H) closures are tested in the DRISM theory. We also calculate g(r), U, S, and μ of the same solute in a hard-sphere solvent whose molecular diameter and number density are set at those of water, in which case the radial-symmetric integral equation (RSIE) theory is employed. The dependences of μ, U, and S on the excluded volume and solvent-accessible surface area are analyzed using the morphometric approach (MA). The results from the ADIE theory are in by far better agreement with those from computer simulations available for g(r), U, and μ. For the DRISM theory, g(r) in the vicinity of the solute is quite high and becomes progressively higher as the solute diameter d U increases. By contrast, for the ADIE theory, it is much lower and becomes further lower as d U increases. Due to unphysically positive U and significantly larger |S|, μ from the DRISM theory becomes too high. It is interesting that μ, U, and S from the K-H closure are worse than those from the HNC closure. Overall, the results from the DRISM theory with a molecular model for water are quite similar to those from the RSIE theory with the hard-sphere solvent. Based on the results of the MA analysis, we comparatively discuss the different theoretical methods for cases where they are applied to studies on the solvation of a protein.

  16. Essential roles of protein-solvent many-body correlation in solvent-entropy effect on protein folding and denaturation: comparison between hard-sphere solvent and water.

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    Oshima, Hiraku; Kinoshita, Masahiro

    2015-04-14

    In earlier works, we showed that the entropic effect originating from the translational displacement of water molecules plays the pivotal role in protein folding and denaturation. The two different solvent models, hard-sphere solvent and model water, were employed in theoretical methods wherein the entropic effect was treated as an essential factor. However, there were similarities and differences in the results obtained from the two solvent models. In the present work, to unveil the physical origins of the similarities and differences, we simultaneously consider structural transition, cold denaturation, and pressure denaturation for the same protein by employing the two solvent models and considering three different thermodynamic states for each solvent model. The solvent-entropy change upon protein folding/unfolding is decomposed into the protein-solvent pair (PA) and many-body (MB) correlation components using the integral equation theories. Each component is further decomposed into the excluded-volume (EV) and solvent-accessible surface (SAS) terms by applying the morphometric approach. The four physically insightful constituents, (PA, EV), (PA, SAS), (MB, EV), and (MB, SAS), are thus obtained. Moreover, (MB, SAS) is discussed by dividing it into two factors. This all-inclusive investigation leads to the following results: (1) the protein-water many-body correlation always plays critical roles in a variety of folding/unfolding processes; (2) the hard-sphere solvent model fails when it does not correctly reproduce the protein-water many-body correlation; (3) the hard-sphere solvent model becomes problematic when the dependence of the many-body correlation on the solvent number density and temperature is essential: it is not quite suited to studies on cold and pressure denaturating of a protein; (4) when the temperature and solvent number density are limited to the ambient values, the hard-sphere solvent model is usually successful; and (5) even at the ambient

  17. 从硬球密度泛函近似到非硬球密度泛函近似的普适性理论方案:可应用于超临界与亚临界区域(Ⅰ)%Density Functional Approximation for Non-hard Sphere Fluids: Based on Hard Sphere Density Functional Approximation

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    周世琦

    2005-01-01

    A universal theoretical way is proposed which enables all of hard sphere density functional approximations (DFAs) applicable to non-hard sphere fluids.The resultant DFA by combining the universal theoretical way with any hard sphere DFAs only needs as input a second order direct correlation function (DCF) of a coexistence bulk fluid,and can be applicable to both supercitical and subcritical temperature regions.The associated effective hard sphere density can be specified by a hard wall sum rule. It is indicated that so determined value of the effective hard sphere density can be universal,i.e. can be applied for any external potentials different from the single hard wall. As an illustrating example,the universal theoretical way is combined with a hard sphere BDFA to predict density profile of a hard core attractive Yukawa model fluid influenced by diverse external fields,agreement between the present formalism predictions and the corresponding simulation data is very good or at least comparable with several previous DFT approaches. The most advantage of the present theoretical way combined with other hard sphere DFAs is discused.%提出了一个普适性的理论方案,该方案使一切硬球密度泛函近似能被扩展到非硬球流体的情形.将该普适性理论方案与任意硬球密度泛函近似结合所形成的非硬球密度泛函近似,仅仅需要共存体相流体的二阶直接相关函数作为输入,因而能用于超临界与亚临界区域的情形.其中的有效硬球密度可由硬墙Sum规则确定.结果表明,如此确定的有效硬球密度可用于任意外势情形.作为代表性的例子,我们将该普适性理论方案与一个最近提出的桥密度泛函近似结合,用以预言硬核吸引汤川势流体在几个不同的外场影响下的密度分布.此理论与相应的计算机模拟数据符合很好,或至少与以前的几个密度泛函近似相当.并讨论了该方法相比于以前的几个方法所具有的优点.

  18. Application of a circular 2D hard-sphere microphone array for higher-order Ambisonics auralization

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    Weller, Tobias; Favrot, Sylvain Emmanuel; Buchholz, Jörg

    2011-01-01

    A circular microphone array mounted on a rigid sphere was realized and its application to higherorder Ambisonics (HOA) auralization was analysed. Besides the 2D Ambisonics application this array design provides a promising basis for the development of a mixed-order Ambisonics recording system...

  19. Microwave scattering coefficient of snow in MEMLS and DMRT-ML revisited: the relevance of sticky hard spheres and tomography-based estimates of stickiness

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    Löwe, H.; Picard, G.

    2015-11-01

    The description of snow microstructure in microwave models is often simplified to facilitate electromagnetic calculations. Within dense media radiative transfer (DMRT), the microstructure is commonly described by sticky hard spheres (SHS). An objective mapping of real snow onto SHS is however missing which prevents measured input parameters from being used for DMRT. In contrast, the microwave emission model of layered snowpacks (MEMLS) employs a conceptually different approach, based on the two-point correlation function which is accessible by tomography. Here we show the equivalence of both electromagnetic approaches by reformulating their microstructural models in a common framework. Using analytical results for the two-point correlation function of hard spheres, we show that the scattering coefficient in both models only differs by a factor which is close to unity, weakly dependent on ice volume fraction and independent of other microstructural details. Additionally, our analysis provides an objective retrieval method for the SHS parameters (diameter and stickiness) from tomography images. For a comprehensive data set we demonstrate the variability of stickiness and compare the SHS diameter to the optical equivalent diameter. Our results confirm the necessity of a large grain-size scaling when relating both diameters in the non-sticky case, as previously suggested by several authors.

  20. Jammed lattice sphere packings

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    Kallus, Yoav; Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-01-01

    We generate and study an ensemble of isostatic jammed hard-sphere lattices. These lattices are obtained by compression of a periodic system with an adaptive unit cell containing a single sphere until the point of mechanical stability. We present detailed numerical data about the densities, pair correlations, force distributions, and structure factors of such lattices. We show that this model retains many of the crucial structural features of the classical hard-sphere model and propose it as a...

  1. Phase equilibria in strong polar fluids using a perturbed hard-sphere-chain equation of state combined with three different association models

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    Schaefer, B.; Lambert, S.M.; Song, Y.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1994-10-01

    Goal of this work is the extension of a Perturbed-Hard-Sphere-Chain equation of state (PHSC EOS) to systems containing strong polar components. Three different types of association models (ten Brinke/Karasz, SAFI, modified Veytsman) were used to calculate the contribution of specific interactions like hydrogen bonding to thermodynamic quantities. Pure component parameters obtained from regression of temperature dependent density and vapor pressure data allow the prediction of VLE and LLE data. The results of simple fluids and polymer solutions were compared with experimental data. The SAFT and the modified Veytsman extension give similar results for pure fluids and mixtures with components of similar segment size. Differences increase with increasing difference of segment size.

  2. Normal solution and transport coefficients to the Enskog-Landau kinetic equation for a two-component system of charged hard spheres The Chapman-Enskog method

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    Kobryn, A E; Tokarchuk, M V

    1999-01-01

    An Enskog-Landau kinetic equation for a many-component system of charged hard spheres is proposed. It has been obtained from the Liouville equation with modified boundary conditions by the method of nonequilibrium statistical operator. On the basis of this equation the normal solutions and transport coefficients such as bulk kappa and shear eta viscosities, thermal conductivity lambda, mutual diffusion D^{\\alpha\\beta} and thermal diffusion D_T^\\alpha have been obtained for a binary mixture in the first approximation using the Chapman-Enskog method. Numerical calculations of all transport coefficients for mixtures Ar-Kr, Ar-Xe, Kr-Xe with different concentrations of compounds have been evaluated for the cases of absence and presence of long-range Coulomb interactions. The results are compared with those obtained from other theories and experiment.

  3. Hydration free energy of hard-sphere solute over a wide range of size studied by various types of solution theories

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The hydration free energy of hard-sphere solute is evaluated over a wide range of size using the method of energy representation, information-theoretic approach, reference interaction site model, and scaled-particle theory. The former three are distribution function theories and the hydration free energy is formulated to reflect the solution structure through distribution functions. The presence of the volume-dependent term is pointed out for the distribution function theories, and the asymptotic behavior in the limit of large solute size is identified. It is indicated that the volume-dependent term is a key to the improvement of distribution function theories toward the application to large molecules.

  4. Direct numerical simulation of particle-fluid systems by combining time-driven hard-sphere model and lattice Boltzmann method

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    Limin Wang; Guofeng Zhou; Xiaowei Wang; Qingang Xiong; Wei Ge

    2010-01-01

    A coupled numerical method for the direct numerical simulation of particle-fluid systems is formulated and implemented,resolving an order of magnitude smaller than particle size.The particle motion is described by the time-driven hard-sphere model,while the hydrodynamic equations governing fluid flow are solved by the lattice Boltzmann method(LBM).Particle-fluid coupling is realized by an immersed boundary method(IBM),which considers the effect of boundary on surrounding fluid as a restoring force added to the governing equations of the fluid.The proposed scheme is validated in the classical flow-around-cylinder simulations,and preliminary application of this scheme to fluidization is reported,demonstrating it to be a promising computational strategy for better understanding complex behavior in particle-fluid systems.

  5. Extension of Compressibility-Route Cubic Equations of State and the Radial Distribution Functions at Contact to Multi-Component Hard-Sphere Mixtures

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    Sun, Jiu-Xun; Jin, Ke; Cai, Ling-Cang; Wu, Qiang

    2014-08-01

    The equation of state (EOS) for hard-sphere fluid derived from compressibility routes of Percus-Yevick theory (PYC) is extended. The two parameters are determined by fitting well-known virial coefficients of pure fluid. The extended cubic EOS can be directly extended to multi-component mixtures, merely demanding the EOS of mixtures also is cubic and combining two physical conditions for the radial distribution functions at contact (RDFC) of mixtures. The calculated virial coefficients of pure fluid and predicted compressibility factors and RDFC for both pure fluid and mixtures are excellent as compared with the simulation data. The values of RDFC for mixtures with extremely large size ratio 10 are far better than the BGHLL expressions in literature.

  6. Engineered monodisperse mesoporous materials

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    Saunders, R.S.; Small, J.H.; Lagasse, R.R.; Schroeder, J.L.; Jamison, G.M.

    1997-08-01

    Porous materials technology has developed products with a wide variety of pore sizes ranging from 1 angstrom to 100`s of microns and beyond. Beyond 15{angstrom} it becomes difficult to obtain well ordered, monodisperse pores. In this report the authors describe efforts in making novel porous material having monodisperse, controllable pore sizes spanning the mesoporous range (20--500 {angstrom}). They set forth to achieve this by using unique properties associated with block copolymers--two linear homopolymers attached at their ends. Block copolymers phase separate into monodisperse mesophases. They desired to selectively remove one of the phases and leave the other behind, giving the uniform monodisperse pores. To try to achieve this the authors used ring-opening metathesis polymerization to make the block copolymers. They synthesized a wide variety of monomers and surveyed their polymers by TGA, with the idea that one phase could be made thermally labile while the other phase would be thermally stable. In the precipitated and sol-gel processed materials, they determined by porosimetry measurements that micropores, mesopores, and macropores were created. In the film processed sample there was not much porosity present. They moved to a new system that required much lower thermal treatments to thermally remove over 90% of the labile phase. Film casting followed by thermal treatment and solvent extraction produced the desired monodisperse materials (based solely on SEM results). Modeling using Density Functional Theory was also incorporated into this project. The modeling was able to predict accurately the domain size and spacing vs. molecular weight for a model system, as well as accurate interfacial thicknesses.

  7. Mesoporous polymer networks-ultraporous DVB resins by hard-templating of close-packed silica spheres.

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    Wilke, Antje; Weber, Jens

    2012-05-14

    The preparation of ultraporous polymer resins using a straightforward hard-templating synthesis is presented. Self-assembly of silica nanospheres into densely packed glasses allows an easy preparation of templates. Polydivinylbenzene resins with surface areas of up to 1000 m(2) g(-1) are synthesized as a model system and porosity analysis reveals bimodal porosity (spherical mesopores and micropores within the pore walls). The prepared systems can be further functionalized without loss of porosity as demonstrated by sulfonation. Because of their large pore sizes (13-28 nm), they are efficient adsorbents also for large molecules. Finally, the systems can also be used as model systems for the study of the pore drying and collapse process, which is of crucial importance for any application of mesoporous polymers.

  8. Jammed lattice sphere packings.

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    Kallus, Yoav; Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-12-01

    We generate and study an ensemble of isostatic jammed hard-sphere lattices. These lattices are obtained by compression of a periodic system with an adaptive unit cell containing a single sphere until the point of mechanical stability. We present detailed numerical data about the densities, pair correlations, force distributions, and structure factors of such lattices. We show that this model retains many of the crucial structural features of the classical hard-sphere model and propose it as a model for the jamming and glass transitions that enables exploration of much higher dimensions than are usually accessible.

  9. Jammed lattice sphere packings

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    Kallus, Yoav; Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-12-01

    We generate and study an ensemble of isostatic jammed hard-sphere lattices. These lattices are obtained by compression of a periodic system with an adaptive unit cell containing a single sphere until the point of mechanical stability. We present detailed numerical data about the densities, pair correlations, force distributions, and structure factors of such lattices. We show that this model retains many of the crucial structural features of the classical hard-sphere model and propose it as a model for the jamming and glass transitions that enables exploration of much higher dimensions than are usually accessible.

  10. Accurate prediction of hard-sphere virial coefficients B6 to B12 from a compressibility-based equation of state

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    Hansen-Goos, Hendrik

    2016-04-01

    We derive an analytical equation of state for the hard-sphere fluid that is within 0.01% of computer simulations for the whole range of the stable fluid phase. In contrast, the commonly used Carnahan-Starling equation of state deviates by up to 0.3% from simulations. The derivation uses the functional form of the isothermal compressibility from the Percus-Yevick closure of the Ornstein-Zernike relation as a starting point. Two additional degrees of freedom are introduced, which are constrained by requiring the equation of state to (i) recover the exact fourth virial coefficient B4 and (ii) involve only integer coefficients on the level of the ideal gas, while providing best possible agreement with the numerical result for B5. Virial coefficients B6 to B10 obtained from the equation of state are within 0.5% of numerical computations, and coefficients B11 and B12 are within the error of numerical results. We conjecture that even higher virial coefficients are reliably predicted.

  11. Solid-fluid and solid-solid equilibrium in hard sphere united atom models of n-alkanes: rotator phase stability.

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    Cao, M; Monson, P A

    2009-10-22

    We present a study of the phase behavior for models of n-alkanes with chain lengths up to C(21) based on hard sphere united atom models of methyl and methylene groups, with fixed bond lengths and C-C-C bond angles. We extend earlier work on such models of shorter alkanes by allowing for gauche conformations in the chains. We focus particularly on the orientational order about the chain axes in the solid phase near the melting point, and our model shows how the loss of this orientational order leads to the formation of rotator phases. We have made extensive calculations of the thermodynamic properties of the models as well as order parameters for tracking the degree of orientational order around the chain axis. Depending on the chain length and whether the carbon number is even or odd, the model exhibits both a rotator phase and a more orientationally ordered solid phase in addition to the fluid phase. Our results indicate that the transition between the two solid phases is first-order with a small density change. The results are qualitatively similar to those seen experimentally and show that rotator phases can appear in models of alkanes without explicit treatment of attractive forces or explicit treatment of the hydrogen atoms in the chains.

  12. Density anomaly of charged hard spheres of different diameters in a mixture with core-softened model solvent. Monte Carlo simulation results

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    B. Hribar-Lee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Very recently the effect of equisized charged hard sphere solutes in a mixture with core-softened fluid model on the structural and thermodynamic anomalies of the system has been explored in detail by using Monte Carlo simulations and integral equations theory (J. Chem. Phys., Vol. 137, 244502 (2012. Our objective of the present short work is to complement this study by considering univalent ions of unequal diameters in a mixture with the same soft-core fluid model. Specifically, we are interested in the analysis of changes of the temperature of maximum density (TMD lines with ion concentration for three model salt solutes, namely sodium chloride, potassium chloride and rubidium chloride models. We resort to Monte Carlo simulations for this purpose. Our discussion also involves the dependences of the pair contribution to excess entropy and of constant volume heat capacity on the temperature of maximum density line. Some examples of the microscopic structure of mixtures in question in terms of pair distributions functions are given in addition.

  13. The first three coefficients in the high temperature series expansion of free energy for simple potential models with hard-sphere cores and continuous tails.

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    Zhou, Shiqi; Solana, J R

    2013-08-08

    The first three coefficients of the high temperature series expansion (HTSE) of the Helmholtz free energy for a number of simple potential models with hard-sphere cores plus continuous tails are obtained for the first time from Monte Carlo simulations. The potential models considered include Square-well, Sutherland, attractive Yukawa, and triangle-well with different potential ranges, as well as a model potential qualitatively resembling the depletion potential in colloidal dispersions. The simulation data are used to evaluate performance of a recent coupling parameter series expansion (CPSE) in calculating for these coefficients, and a traditional macroscopic compressibility approximation (MCA) for the second-order coefficient only. A comprehensive comparison based on these coefficients from the two theoretical approaches and simulations enables one to conclude that (i) unlike one common experience that the widely used MCA usually underestimates the second-order coefficient, the MCA can both overestimate and underestimate the second-order coefficient, and worsens as the range of the potential decreases; and (ii) in contrast, the CPSE not only reproduce the trends in the density dependence of the perturbation coefficients, even the third one, observed in the simulations, but also the agreement is quantitative in most cases, and this clearly highlights the potential of the CPSE in providing accurate estimations for the higher-order coefficients, thus giving rise to an accurate higher-order HTSE.

  14. From 2D to 3D: Critical Casimir interactions and phase behavior of colloidal hard spheres in a near-critical solvent

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    Tasios, Nikos; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2017-04-01

    Colloids dispersed in a binary solvent mixture experience long-ranged solvent-mediated interactions (critical Casimir forces) upon approaching the critical demixing point of the solvent mixture. The range of the interaction is set by the bulk correlation length of the solvent mixture, which diverges upon approaching the critical point. This presents a great opportunity to realize the reversible self-assembly of colloids by tuning the proximity to the critical point of the solvent. Here, we develop a rejection-free geometric cluster algorithm to study the full ternary mixture of colloidal hard spheres suspended in an explicit three-dimensional lattice model for the solvent mixture using extensive Monte Carlo simulations. The phase diagram displays stable colloidal gas, liquid, and crystal phases, as well as broad gas-liquid and gas-crystal phase coexistence, and pronounced fractionation of the solvent in the coexisting colloid phases. The topology of the phase diagram in our three-dimensional study shows striking resemblance to that of our previous studies carried out in two dimensions.

  15. Molecular dynamics simulation of a piston driven shock wave in a hard sphere gas. Final Contractor ReportPh.D. Thesis

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    Woo, Myeung-Jouh; Greber, Isaac

    1995-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation is used to study the piston driven shock wave at Mach 1.5, 3, and 10. A shock tube, whose shape is a circular cylinder, is filled with hard sphere molecules having a Maxwellian thermal velocity distribution and zero mean velocity. The piston moves and a shock wave is generated. All collisions are specular, including those between the molecules and the computational boundaries, so that the shock development is entirely causal, with no imposed statistics. The structure of the generated shock is examined in detail, and the wave speed; profiles of density, velocity, and temperature; and shock thickness are determined. The results are compared with published results of other methods, especially the direct simulation Monte-Carlo method. Property profiles are similar to those generated by direct simulation Monte-Carlo method. The shock wave thicknesses are smaller than the direct simulation Monte-Carlo results, but larger than those of the other methods. Simulation of a shock wave, which is one-dimensional, is a severe test of the molecular dynamics method, which is always three-dimensional. A major challenge of the thesis is to examine the capability of the molecular dynamics methods by choosing a difficult task.

  16. Preparation of Monodisperse Nanoparticle of Layered Double Hydroxides and Polyoxyethylene Sulfate

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    XU Huizhong; QIN Lianjie; ZHANG Hong; YANG Qinzheng; YANG Jing

    2005-01-01

    In order to obtain the bio-molecule/ LDHs nanocomposites having regular crystal structure,three nanocomposites of layered double hydroxides and polyoxyethylene sulfates were prepared by ion-exchange method. TEM analysis reveals that the monodisperse rigid .sphere of approximately 200 nm in diameter could be gotten when the intergallery anion was PEGS-400. Such monodisperse nanoparticle could be used as a promising precursor for preparing bio-molecule/LDHs nanocomposites.

  17. Preparation of large monodisperse vesicles.

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    Full Text Available Preparation of monodisperse vesicles is important both for research purposes and for practical applications. While the extrusion of vesicles through small pores (approximately 100 nm in diameter results in relatively uniform populations of vesicles, extrusion to larger sizes results in very heterogeneous populations of vesicles. Here we report a simple method for preparing large monodisperse multilamellar vesicles through a combination of extrusion and large-pore dialysis. For example, extrusion of polydisperse vesicles through 5-microm-diameter pores eliminates vesicles larger than 5 microm in diameter. Dialysis of extruded vesicles against 3-microm-pore-size polycarbonate membranes eliminates vesicles smaller than 3 microm in diameter, leaving behind a population of monodisperse vesicles with a mean diameter of approximately 4 microm. The simplicity of this method makes it an effective tool for laboratory vesicle preparation with potential applications in preparing large monodisperse liposomes for drug delivery.

  18. Preparation of Monodisperse Core-Shell Type Silver-coated Silica Composite-spheres and its Mechanism%单分散核-壳型银包覆二氧化硅微球的制备及复合机理研究

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    2015-01-01

    The synthesis of bare silica is achieved based on Stober method and the synthesis of SiO2@Ag has been obtained by controlled-reduction of silver nitrate and ammonia in ethyl alcohol with PVP as a protective and reducing agent. The particles size, structure and composition analyses reveal that the resultant SiO2@Ag composite-spheres are monodisperse which is well-proportioned and stable with a mean silica core diameter of 255 nm and the silver shell nanoparticles diameter of 8 nm. The synthesis mechanism of the core-shell type composite-spheres is studied in terms of the impact on growth and morphology from these the main factors that are silver source solution, reaction temperature and pH of the reaction solution. The optimal synthesis conditions are finally obtained as follows: the optimum ion concentration is about 2.0 mmol·L-1, the main growth temperature is 40~50℃, and the best core-shell structure appears in pH=12.12.%基于Stober水解法制备得到纯二氧化硅微球,通过以PVP为保护剂和还原剂的可控还原法制备得到银包覆二氧化硅复合微球.该复合微球的单分散性好,且均匀而稳定,其中核的平均粒径在255 nm,壳层银纳米粒子粒径约为8 nm.根据银源溶液的浓度、反应温度以及反应液pH值等3个主要因素对复合微球的生长和形貌的重要影响,研究了该核-壳型复合微球的合成机理,得到最优合成条件:最佳离子浓度为2.0 mmol·L-1,主要生长温度为40~50℃,且最适酸碱度在pH=12.12处.该复合微球在光学和催化等诸多领域都有广泛的潜在应用前景.

  19. ESTUDIO DE LA DUREZA DEL QUESO EDAM POR MEDIO DE ANÁLISIS DE PERFIL DE TEXTURA Y PENETROMETRIA POR ESFERA STUDY OF EDAM CHEESE HARDNESS USING TEXTURE PROFILE ANALYSIS AND PENETROMETRY BY SPHERE

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la dureza del queso Edam a través de la técnica de penetrometría y análisis de perfil de textura (TPA. Los resultados estadísticos indicaron que la dureza del producto incrementó con el tiempo de maduración, pero estos valores dependen de la técnica de medición (P Hardness of Edam cheese through penetrometry technique and texture profile analysis (TPA was studied. The statistical results indicated that product hardness increases with ripening time but its values depends upon the measurement technique (P<0,05. Lineal regression analysis showed a relation of 85 % between two methods where the values of hardness obtained using penetrometry by sphere are underpredicted with respect to values reached with texture profile analysis technique.

  20. Lock and key colloids through polymerization-induced buckling of monodisperse silicon oil droplets

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    2011-01-01

    We have developed a new simple method to fabricate bulk amounts of colloidal spheres with well defined cavities from monodisperse emulsions. Herein, we describe the formation mechanism of ‘‘reactive’’ silicon oil droplets that deform to reproducible shapes via a polymerization-induced buckling

  1. Routh's sphere

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    Cushman, R.

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we show that the integral map of Rouths sphere has monodromy when the sphere becomes gyroscopically unstable This uses the nonHamiltonian monodromy of Rouths sphere has center of mass not at its geometrical center and moment of inertia tensor with two equal principal moments of inerti

  2. A facile method to produce highly monodispersed nanospheres of cystine aggregates

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    Han, Hongliang; Wang, Chungang; Ma, Zhanfang; Su, Zhongmin

    2006-10-01

    Multiple shapes of nano- and micro-structured cystine aggregates, including spheres, rods, spindles, dendrites, and multipods, were easily synthesized just by adjusting the concentrations and pH values of L-Cysteine solutions under ultrasonic irritation. Importantly, highly monodispersed nanospheres of cystine aggregates 225 nm in diameter without any other shapes were easily obtained for the system of 0.1 M L-Cysteine with pH 8. This will provide a very simple and effective approach to produce monodispersed cystine microspheres, which could promote new possibilities for future applications in biosensor, drug delivery, medicine, and the production of nanomaterials.

  3. A facile method to produce highly monodispersed nanospheres of cystine aggregates

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    Han Hongliang; Wang Chungang; Ma Zhanfang; Su Zhongmin [Chemistry Department, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China)

    2006-10-28

    Multiple shapes of nano- and micro-structured cystine aggregates, including spheres, rods, spindles, dendrites, and multipods, were easily synthesized just by adjusting the concentrations and pH values of L-Cysteine solutions under ultrasonic irritation. Importantly, highly monodispersed nanospheres of cystine aggregates 225 nm in diameter without any other shapes were easily obtained for the system of 0.1 M L-Cysteine with pH 8. This will provide a very simple and effective approach to produce monodispersed cystine microspheres, which could promote new possibilities for future applications in biosensor, drug delivery, medicine, and the production of nanomaterials.

  4. Aerosol fabrication methods for monodisperse nanoparticles

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    Jiang, Xingmao; Brinker, C Jeffrey

    2014-10-21

    Exemplary embodiments provide materials and methods for forming monodisperse particles. In one embodiment, the monodisperse particles can be formed by first spraying a nanoparticle-containing dispersion into aerosol droplets and then heating the aerosol droplets in the presence of a shell precursor to form core-shell particles. By removing either the shell layer or the nanoparticle core of the core-shell particles, monodisperse nanoparticles can be formed.

  5. Application of the Baxter model for hard-spheres with surface adhesion to SANS data for the U(VI) - HNO{sub 3}, TBP-n-dodecane system.

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    Chiarizia, R.; Nash, K. L.; Jensen, M. P.; Thiyagarajan, P.; Littrell, K. C.

    2003-11-11

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data for the tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP)-n-dodecane, HNO{sub 3}-UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solvent extraction system have been interpreted using the Baxter model for hard spheres with surface adhesion. The increase in the scattering intensity in the low Q range observed when increasing amounts of HNO{sub 3} or UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} are transferred into the organic phase has been interpreted as arising from interactions between solute particles. The SANS data have been reproduced using a 12--16 {angstrom} diameter of the hard sphere, d{sub hs}, and a 5.6k{sub B}T-7.1k{sub B}T stickiness parameter, {tau}{sup -1}. When in contact with an aqueous phase, TBP in n-dodecane forms small reverse micelles containing three TBP molecules. Upon extraction of water, HNO{sub 3}, and UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}, the swollen micelles interact through attractive forces between their polar cores with a potential energy of about 2k{sub B}T and an effective Hamaker constant of about 4k{sub B}T. The intermicellar attraction, under suitable conditions, leads to third-phase formation. Upon phase splitting, most of the solutes in the original organic phase (water, TBP, HNO{sub 3}, and UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) separate in a continuous phase containing interspersed layers of n-dodecane.

  6. Hard convex lens-shaped particles: Densest-known packings and phase behavior

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    Cinacchi, Giorgio, E-mail: giorgio.cinacchi@uam.es [Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Física de la Materia Condensada (IFIMAC), Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales “Nicolás Cabrera,” Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Torquato, Salvatore, E-mail: torquato@princeton.edu [Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States)

    2015-12-14

    By using theoretical methods and Monte Carlo simulations, this work investigates dense ordered packings and equilibrium phase behavior (from the low-density isotropic fluid regime to the high-density crystalline solid regime) of monodisperse systems of hard convex lens-shaped particles as defined by the volume common to two intersecting congruent spheres. We show that, while the overall similarity of their shape to that of hard oblate ellipsoids is reflected in a qualitatively similar phase diagram, differences are more pronounced in the high-density crystal phase up to the densest-known packings determined here. In contrast to those non-(Bravais)-lattice two-particle basis crystals that are the densest-known packings of hard (oblate) ellipsoids, hard convex lens-shaped particles pack more densely in two types of degenerate crystalline structures: (i) non-(Bravais)-lattice two-particle basis body-centered-orthorhombic-like crystals and (ii) (Bravais) lattice monoclinic crystals. By stacking at will, regularly or irregularly, laminae of these two crystals, infinitely degenerate, generally non-periodic in the stacking direction, dense packings can be constructed that are consistent with recent organizing principles. While deferring the assessment of which of these dense ordered structures is thermodynamically stable in the high-density crystalline solid regime, the degeneracy of their densest-known packings strongly suggests that colloidal convex lens-shaped particles could be better glass formers than colloidal spheres because of the additional rotational degrees of freedom.

  7. Preparation and antibacterial activities of hollow silica-Ag spheres.

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    Lin, Lin; Zhang, Haifang; Cui, Haiying; Xu, Mingqiang; Cao, Shunsheng; Zheng, Guanghong; Dong, Mingdong

    2013-01-01

    Hollow silica spheres with round mesoporous shells were synthesized by core-shell template method, using monodispersed cationic polystyrene particles as core, and TEOS (tetraethoxysilane) as the silica source to form shell. After calcination at 550°C, uniform spheres with a thin shell of silica and hollow interior structures. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that the size of the spheres is about 700 nm in diameter with narrow distribution. In addition, the spheres have a high surface area of 183 m(2)/g. The spheres were subsequently used as silver-loading substrates and the silver loaded spheres were tested in antimicrobial study against gram negative bacteria Eschrichia coli in vitro. The hollow silica-Ag spheres proved significantly higher antibacterial efficacy against E. coli as compared to that of the common silica-Ag particles.

  8. Dynamic hardness of metals

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    Liang, Xuecheng

    Dynamic hardness (Pd) of 22 different pure metals and alloys having a wide range of elastic modulus, static hardness, and crystal structure were measured in a gas pulse system. The indentation contact diameter with an indenting sphere and the radius (r2) of curvature of the indentation were determined by the curve fitting of the indentation profile data. r 2 measured by the profilometer was compared with that calculated from Hertz equation in both dynamic and static conditions. The results indicated that the curvature change due to elastic recovery after unloading is approximately proportional to the parameters predicted by Hertz equation. However, r 2 is less than the radius of indenting sphere in many cases which is contradictory to Hertz analysis. This discrepancy is believed due to the difference between Hertzian and actual stress distributions underneath the indentation. Factors which influence indentation elastic recovery were also discussed. It was found that Tabor dynamic hardness formula always gives a lower value than that directly from dynamic hardness definition DeltaE/V because of errors mainly from Tabor's rebound equation and the assumption that dynamic hardness at the beginning of rebound process (Pr) is equal to kinetic energy change of an impact sphere over the formed crater volume (Pd) in the derivation process for Tabor's dynamic hardness formula. Experimental results also suggested that dynamic to static hardness ratio of a material is primarily determined by its crystal structure and static hardness. The effects of strain rate and temperature rise on this ratio were discussed. A vacuum rotating arm apparatus was built to measure Pd at 70, 127, and 381 mum sphere sizes, these results exhibited that Pd is highly depended on the sphere size due to the strain rate effects. P d was also used to substitute for static hardness to correlate with abrasion and erosion resistance of metals and alloys. The particle size effects observed in erosion were

  9. Beyond packing of hard spheres: The effects of core softness, non-additivity, intermediate-range repulsion, and many-body interactions on the glass-forming ability of bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhang, Kai; Fan, Meng; Liu, Yanhui; Schroers, Jan; Shattuck, Mark D.; O'Hern, Corey S.

    2015-11-01

    When a liquid is cooled well below its melting temperature at a rate that exceeds the critical cooling rate Rc, the crystalline state is bypassed and a metastable, amorphous glassy state forms instead. Rc (or the corresponding critical casting thickness dc) characterizes the glass-forming ability (GFA) of each material. While silica is an excellent glass-former with small Rc alloys are typically poor glass-formers with large Rc > 1010 K/s. Only in the past thirty years have bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) been identified with Rc approaching that for silica. Recent simulations have shown that simple, hard-sphere models are able to identify the atomic size ratio and number fraction regime where BMGs exist with critical cooling rates more than 13 orders of magnitude smaller than those for pure metals. However, there are a number of other features of interatomic potentials beyond hard-core interactions. How do these other features affect the glass-forming ability of BMGs? In this manuscript, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to determine how variations in the softness and non-additivity of the repulsive core and form of the interatomic pair potential at intermediate distances affect the GFA of binary alloys. These variations in the interatomic pair potential allow us to introduce geometric frustration and change the crystal phases that compete with glass formation. We also investigate the effect of tuning the strength of the many-body interactions from zero to the full embedded atom model on the GFA for pure metals. We then employ the full embedded atom model for binary BMGs and show that hard-core interactions play the dominant role in setting the GFA of alloys, while other features of the interatomic potential only change the GFA by one to two orders of magnitude. Despite their perturbative effect, understanding the detailed form of the intermetallic potential is important for designing BMGs with cm or greater casting thickness.

  10. Public Sphere

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    Trenz, Hans-Jörg

    2015-01-01

    of the collective will of the people in the act of democratic self-government. The concept of the public sphere is used across the fields of media and communication research, cultural studies and the humanities, the history of ideas, legal and constitutional studies as well as democracy studies. Historically......In modern societies, the public sphere represents the intermediary realm that supports the communication of opinions, the discovery of problems that need to be dealt with collectively, the channeling of these problems through the filter of the media and political institutions, and the realization......, public spheres have undergone structural transformations that were closely connected to the emergence of different mass media. More recently, they are subject to trends of transnationalization and digitalization in politics and society....

  11. Public Sphere

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    Trenz, Hans-Jörg

    2015-01-01

    In modern societies, the public sphere represents the intermediary realm that supports the communication of opinions, the discovery of problems that need to be dealt with collectively, the channeling of these problems through the filter of the media and political institutions, and the realization......, public spheres have undergone structural transformations that were closely connected to the emergence of different mass media. More recently, they are subject to trends of transnationalization and digitalization in politics and society....... of the collective will of the people in the act of democratic self-government. The concept of the public sphere is used across the fields of media and communication research, cultural studies and the humanities, the history of ideas, legal and constitutional studies as well as democracy studies. Historically...

  12. Frequency domain photon migration measurements of dense monodisperse charged lattices and analysis using solutions of Ornstein Zernike equations.

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    Dali, Sarabjyot S; Sevick-Muraca, Eva M

    2012-11-15

    Isotropic scattering coefficient measurements were made of monodisperse polystyrene lattices of two different diameters of 144 nm and 223 nm and at volume fractions ranging from 0.15 to 0.22, using frequency domain photon migration measurements at wavelengths of 660, 685, 785 and 828 nm. The isotropic scattering coefficient measurements were shown to be sensitive to the changing ionic strength (0.5-4 mM, NaCl equiv.) of the dispersions exhibiting hindered scattering owing to structure at the lowest ionic strength values. Monte Carlo simulations and numerical solution of the Ornstein Zernike equations were used to compute isotropic scattering coefficients for comparison to measured values. The interaction potential was modeled as a hard sphere Yukawa potential and the Hypernetted Chain closure was used to solve the OZ equation. Effective particle charges were found after renormalization of the bare particle charge and used to predict the isotropic scattering coefficient. The model data were found to follow similar trends as experimental measurements. The refractive index of the particles has found to be an important factor for predicting experimental isotropic scattering coefficient values. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  13. Beyond packing of hard spheres: The effects of core softness, non-additivity, intermediate-range repulsion, and many-body interactions on the glass-forming ability of bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhang, Kai; Fan, Meng; Liu, Yanhui; Schroers, Jan [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Shattuck, Mark D. [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Department of Physics and Benjamin Levich Institute, The City College of the City University of New York, New York, New York 10031 (United States); O’Hern, Corey S. [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Department of Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States); Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (United States)

    2015-11-14

    When a liquid is cooled well below its melting temperature at a rate that exceeds the critical cooling rate R{sub c}, the crystalline state is bypassed and a metastable, amorphous glassy state forms instead. R{sub c} (or the corresponding critical casting thickness d{sub c}) characterizes the glass-forming ability (GFA) of each material. While silica is an excellent glass-former with small R{sub c} < 10{sup −2} K/s, pure metals and most alloys are typically poor glass-formers with large R{sub c} > 10{sup 10} K/s. Only in the past thirty years have bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) been identified with R{sub c} approaching that for silica. Recent simulations have shown that simple, hard-sphere models are able to identify the atomic size ratio and number fraction regime where BMGs exist with critical cooling rates more than 13 orders of magnitude smaller than those for pure metals. However, there are a number of other features of interatomic potentials beyond hard-core interactions. How do these other features affect the glass-forming ability of BMGs? In this manuscript, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to determine how variations in the softness and non-additivity of the repulsive core and form of the interatomic pair potential at intermediate distances affect the GFA of binary alloys. These variations in the interatomic pair potential allow us to introduce geometric frustration and change the crystal phases that compete with glass formation. We also investigate the effect of tuning the strength of the many-body interactions from zero to the full embedded atom model on the GFA for pure metals. We then employ the full embedded atom model for binary BMGs and show that hard-core interactions play the dominant role in setting the GFA of alloys, while other features of the interatomic potential only change the GFA by one to two orders of magnitude. Despite their perturbative effect, understanding the detailed form of the intermetallic potential is important for

  14. Quasisymmetric Spheres

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    Vellis Vyron

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Let Ω be a planar Jordan domain and α > 0. We consider double-dome-like surfaces Σ(Ω, tα over Ω where the height of the surface over any point x ∈ Ωequals dist(x, ∂Ωα. We identify the necessary and sufficient conditions in terms of and α so that these surfaces are quasisymmetric to S2 and we show that Σ(Ω, tα is quasisymmetric to the unit sphere S2 if and only if it is linearly locally connected and Ahlfors 2-regular.

  15. A granocentric model captures the statistical properties of monodisperse random packings

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    Newhall, Katherine A; Vanden-Eijnden, Eric; Brujic, Jasna

    2012-01-01

    We present a generalization of the granocentric model proposed in [Clusel et al., Nature, 2009, 460, 611615] that is capable of describing the local fluctuations inside not only polydisperse but also monodisperse packings of spheres. This minimal model does not take into account the relative particle positions, yet it captures positional disorder through local stochastic processes sampled by efficient Monte Carlo methods. The disorder is characterized by the distributions of local parameters, such as the number of neighbors and contacts, filled solid angle around a central particle and the cell volumes. The model predictions are in good agreement with our experimental data on monodisperse random close packings of PMMA particles. Moreover, the model can be used to predict the distributions of local fluctuations in any packing, as long as the average number of neighbors, contacts and the packing fraction are known. These distributions give a microscopic foundation to the statistical mechanics framework for jamm...

  16. Spontaneous Breakup of Extended Monodisperse Polymer Melts

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    Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Yu, Kaijia

    2011-01-01

    We apply continuum mechanical based, numerical modeling to study the dynamics of extended monodisperse polymer melts during the relaxation. The computations are within the ideas of the microstructural ‘‘interchain pressure’’ theory. The computations show a delayed necking resulting in a rupture...

  17. 模拟离子在缓冲气体中运动的硬球碰撞模型%On the Hard Sphere Collision Model Used to Simulate the Ion's Motion in Buffer Gas

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    高瑛俏; 沈梦佳; 孙宇梁

    2016-01-01

    In order to study the ion's motion in Radio frequency quadrupole(RFQ)cooler and buncher and Penning trap,a hard sphere collision model was built base on the ideal gas's microscopic model. The model can be used to simulate and study the ion's motion in gas by calculating the probability of col-lision,velocity after the collision and a large number of simulations.By comparing the simulated data with experimental data,it found that the model should be used when the ion's energy is less than 5 eV/u,because the effect of ion and gas was treated as elastic collision.The energy of ions in RFQ cooler and buncher and Penning trap is in range of the model's application,so the model can be used to study the ion's motion in these equipments after considering the effect of the electromagnetic field produced by e-quipment.%为了研究 RFQ 冷却聚束器、彭宁阱等核物理实验设备中离子的运动情况,从大学物理课本中的理想气体的微观模型出发,建立了用于模拟离子在气体分子中运动的硬球碰撞模型.该模型通过计算离子在运动过程中与气体分子的碰撞概率、碰撞后的运动速度,以及大量次数的模拟来研究离子在气体中的运动情况.通过比较模拟结果和实验数据,得出模型适用于离子能量较低(低于约5 eV/u)的情况,这是因为模型中离子与气体分子的作用仅被当作弹性碰撞来处理.RFQ 冷却聚束器、彭宁阱等核物理实验设备中离子的入射能量在模型的适用范围内,因此使用硬球碰撞模型并考虑设备所产生的电磁场对离子的作用,可研究离子在这些设备中的运动情况.

  18. Computer simulation of rod-sphere mixtures

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    Antypov, D

    2003-01-01

    Results are presented from a series of simulations undertaken to investigate the effect of adding small spherical particles to a fluid of rods which would otherwise represent a liquid crystalline (LC) substance. Firstly, a bulk mixture of Hard Gaussian Overlap particles with an aspect ratio of 3:1 and hard spheres with diameters equal to the breadth of the rods is simulated at various sphere concentrations. Both mixing-demixing and isotropic-nematic transition are studied using Monte Carlo techniques. Secondly, the effect of adding Lennard-Jones particles to an LC system modelled using the well established Gay-Berne potential is investigated. These rod-sphere mixtures are simulated using both the original set of interaction parameters and a modified version of the rod-sphere potential proposed in this work. The subject of interest is the internal structure of the binary mixture and its dependence on density, temperature, concentration and various parameters characterising the intermolecular interactions. Both...

  19. Effective Depletion Potential of Colloidal Spheres

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    LI Wei-Hua; MA Hong-Ru

    2004-01-01

    @@ A new semianalytical method, which is a combination of the density functional theory with Rosenfeld density functional and the Ornstein-Zernike equation, is proposed for the calculation of the effective depletion potentials between a pair of big spheres immersed in a small hard sphere fluid. The calculated results are almost identical to the integral equation method with the Percus-Yevick approximation, and are also in agreement well with the Monte Carlo simulation results.

  20. Template synthesis of monodisperse carbon nanodots

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    Kurdyukov, D. A.; Eurov, D. A.; Stovpiaga, E. Yu.; Kirilenko, D. A.; Konyakhin, S. V.; Shvidchenko, A. V.; Golubev, V. G.

    2016-12-01

    Monodisperse carbon nanodots in pores of mesoporous silica particles are obtained by template synthesis. This method is based on introducing a precursor (organosilane) into pores, its thermal decomposition with formation of carbon nanodots, and the template removal. Structural analysis of the nanomaterial has been performed, which showed that carbon nanodots have an approximately spherical form and a graphite-like structure. According to dynamic light scattering data, the size of carbon nanodots is 3.3 ± 0.9 nm.

  1. Hard electronics; Hard electronics

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    NONE

    1997-03-01

    Hard material technologies were surveyed to establish the hard electronic technology which offers superior characteristics under hard operational or environmental conditions as compared with conventional Si devices. The following technologies were separately surveyed: (1) The device and integration technologies of wide gap hard semiconductors such as SiC, diamond and nitride, (2) The technology of hard semiconductor devices for vacuum micro- electronics technology, and (3) The technology of hard new material devices for oxides. The formation technology of oxide thin films made remarkable progress after discovery of oxide superconductor materials, resulting in development of an atomic layer growth method and mist deposition method. This leading research is expected to solve such issues difficult to be easily realized by current Si technology as high-power, high-frequency and low-loss devices in power electronics, high temperature-proof and radiation-proof devices in ultimate electronics, and high-speed and dense- integrated devices in information electronics. 432 refs., 136 figs., 15 tabs.

  2. Statistical characterization of microstructure of packings of polydisperse hard cubes

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    Malmir, Hessam; Sahimi, Muhammad; Rahimi Tabar, M. Reza

    2017-05-01

    Polydisperse packings of cubic particles arise in several important problems. Examples include zeolite microcubes that represent catalytic materials, fluidization of such microcubes in catalytic reactors, fabrication of new classes of porous materials with precise control of their morphology, and several others. We present the results of detailed and extensive simulation and microstructural characterization of packings of nonoverlapping polydisperse cubic particles. The packings are generated via a modified random sequential-addition algorithm. Two probability density functions (PDFs) for the particle-size distribution, the Schulz and log-normal PDFs, are used. The packings are analyzed, and their random close-packing density is computed as a function of the parameters of the two PDFs. The maximum packing fraction for the highest degree of polydispersivity is estimated to be about 0.81, much higher than 0.57 for the monodisperse packings. In addition, a variety of microstructural descriptors have been calculated and analyzed. In particular, we show that (i) an approximate analytical expression for the structure factor of Percus-Yevick fluids of polydisperse hard spheres with the Schulz PDF also predicts all the qualitative features of the structure factor of the packings that we study; (ii) as the packings become more polydisperse, their behavior resembles increasingly that of an ideal system—"ideal gas"—with little or no correlations; and (iii) the mean survival time and mean relaxation time of a diffusing species in the packings increase with increasing degrees of polydispersivity.

  3. Hard electronics; Hard electronics

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    1998-03-01

    In the fields of power conversion devices and broadcasting/communication amplifiers, high power, high frequency and low losses are desirable. Further, for electronic elements in aerospace/aeronautical/geothermal surveys, etc., heat resistance to 500degC is required. Devices which respond to such hard specifications are called hard electronic devices. However, with Si which is at the core of the present electronics, the specifications cannot fully be fulfilled because of the restrictions arising from physical values. Accordingly, taking up new device materials/structures necessary to construct hard electronics, technologies to develop these to a level of IC were examined and studied. They are a technology to make devices/IC of new semiconductors such as SiC, diamond, etc. which can handle higher temperature, higher power and higher frequency than Si and also is possible of reducing losses, a technology to make devices of hard semiconducter materials such as a vacuum microelectronics technology using ultra-micro/high-luminance electronic emitter using negative electron affinity which diamond, etc. have, a technology to make devices of oxides which have various electric properties, etc. 321 refs., 194 figs., 8 tabs.

  4. Microfluidic Production of Monodisperse Perfluorocarbon Microdroplets

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    Li, David; Schalte, Kevin; Fowlkes, J. Brian; Bull, Joseph

    2010-11-01

    Acoustic droplet vaporization (ADV) is process in which liquid perfluorocarbon (PFC) microdroplets are vaporized using focused ultrasound to form gas bubbles that are approximately 125 times larger in volume. Gas embolotherapy is a novel cancer treatment that uses ADV in vivo to strategically form gas emoboli, which can lodge in the microcirculation and starve tumors. Current methods to produce PFC microdroplets, such has high speed shaking or sonication, result in polydisperse droplet distributions where a fraction of droplets fall within the 2-10 microns range. In the clinical application with such a droplet distribution, large droplets are filtered by the lungs and small droplets result in bubbles that are too small to lodge in the tumor vasculature. Consequently, there is a need for a monodisperse droplet distribution. A microfluidic based device has been developed in order to produce such monodisperse PFC microdroplets. The device used hydrodynamic flow focusing to create droplets with a mean diameter less than 10 microns in diameter. This work is supported by NIH grant R01EB006476.

  5. Elongational viscosity of monodisperse and bidisperse polystyrene melts

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    Nielsen, Jens Kromann; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Hassager, Ole

    2006-01-01

    The start-up and steady uniaxial elongational viscosity have been measured for two monodisperse polystyrene melts with molecular weights of 52 and 103 kg/mole, and for three bidisperse polystyrene melts. The monodisperse melts show a maximum in the steady elongational viscosity vs. the elongation...

  6. The hydrocarbon sphere

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    Mandev, P.

    1984-01-01

    The hydrocarbon sphere is understood to be the area in which hydrocarbon compounds are available. It is believed that the lower boundary on the hydrocarbon sphere is most probably located at a depth where the predominant temperatures aid in the destruction of hydrocarbons (300 to 400 degrees centigrade). The upper limit on the hydrocarbon sphere obviously occurs at the earth's surface, where hydrocarbons oxidize to H20 and CO2. Within these ranges, the occurrence of the hydrocarbon sphere may vary from the first few hundred meters to 15 kilometers or more. The hydrocarbon sphere is divided into the external (mantle) sphere in which the primary gas, oil and solid hydrocarbon fields are located, and the internal (metamorphic) sphere containing primarily noncommercial accumulations of hydrocarbon gases and solid carbon containing compounds (anthraxilite, shungite, graphite, etc.) based on the nature and scale of hydrocarbon compound concentrations (natural gas, oil, maltha, asphalt, asphaltite, etc.).

  7. Sound Scattering and Its Reduction by a Janus Sphere Type

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    Deliya Kim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Sound scattering by a Janus sphere type is considered. The sphere has two surface zones: a soft surface of zero acoustic impedance and a hard surface of infinite acoustic impedance. The zones are arranged such that axisymmetry of the sound field is preserved. The equivalent source method is used to compute the sound field. It is shown that, by varying the sizes of the soft and hard zones on the sphere, a significant reduction can be achieved in the scattered acoustic power and upstream directivity when the sphere is near a free surface and its soft zone faces the incoming wave and vice versa for a hard ground. In both cases the size of the sphere’s hard zone is much larger than that of its soft zone. The boundary location between the two zones coincides with the location of a zero pressure line of the incoming standing sound wave, thus masking the sphere within the sound field reflected by the free surface or the hard ground. The reduction in the scattered acoustic power diminishes when the sphere is placed in free space. Variations of the scattered acoustic power and directivity with the sound frequency are also given and discussed.

  8. Synthesis of monodisperse crosslinked polystyrene microspheres

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    Jiang Kai; Chen Sheng-Li; Dong Peng; Liu Renxiao

    2008-01-01

    Monodisperse crosslinked polystyrene (CPS) particles were prepared through the normal emulsion polymerization method by adding crosslinker-divinylbenzene (DVB) into the reaction system after polystyrene (PS) particles grew to ~80% of the final size. When the amount of crosslinker DVB added was less than 6.17 wt% based on styrene, the prepared CPS particles were spherical and uniform and the size of the CPS particles could be predicted through the normal emulsion method. The glass transition temperature (Tg) of the prepared CPS particles was higher than that of un-crosslinked PS particles and, the more crosslinker that was added, the higher the Tg of CPS Particles. The prepared CPS particles had strong resistance to organic solvents.

  9. Monodisperse microdroplet generation and stopping without coalescence

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    Beer, Neil Reginald

    2016-02-23

    A system for monodispersed microdroplet generation and trapping including providing a flow channel in a microchip; producing microdroplets in the flow channel, the microdroplets movable in the flow channel; providing carrier fluid in the flow channel using a pump or pressure source; controlling movement of the microdroplets in the flow channel and trapping the microdroplets in a desired location in the flow channel. The system includes a microchip; a flow channel in the microchip; a droplet maker that generates microdroplets, the droplet maker connected to the flow channel; a carrier fluid in the flow channel, the carrier fluid introduced to the flow channel by a source of carrier fluid, the source of carrier fluid including a pump or pressure source; a valve connected to the carrier fluid that controls flow of the carrier fluid and enables trapping of the microdroplets.

  10. Computer simulation of rod-sphere mixtures

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    Antypov, Dmytro

    2003-07-01

    Results are presented from a series of simulations undertaken to investigate the effect of adding small spherical particles to a fluid of rods which would otherwise represent a liquid crystalline (LC) substance. Firstly, a bulk mixture of Hard Gaussian Overlap particles with an aspect ratio of 3:1 and hard spheres with diameters equal to the breadth of the rods is simulated at various sphere concentrations. Both mixing-demixing and isotropic-nematic transition are studied using Monte Carlo techniques. Secondly, the effect of adding Lennard-Jones particles to an LC system modelled using the well established Gay-Berne potential is investigated. These rod-sphere mixtures are simulated using both the original set of interaction parameters and a modified version of the rod-sphere potential proposed in this work. The subject of interest is the internal structure of the binary mixture and its dependence on density, temperature, concentration and various parameters characterising the intermolecular interactions. Both the mixing-demixing behaviour and the transitions between the isotropic and any LC phases have been studied for four systems which differ in the interaction potential between unlike particles. A range of contrasting microphase separated structures including bicontinuous, cubic, and micelle-like arrangement have been observed in bulk. Thirdly, the four types of mixtures previously studied in bulk are subjected to a static magnetic field. A variety of novel phases are observed for the cases of positive and negative anisotropy in the magnetic susceptibility. These include a lamellar structure, in which layers of rods are separated by layers of spheres, and a configuration with a self-assembling hexagonal array of spheres. Finally, two new models are presented to study liquid crystal mixtures in the presence of curved substrates. These are implemented for the cases of convex and concave spherical surfaces. The simulation results obtained in these geometries

  11. Numerical Solution of Hard-Core Mixtures

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    Buhot, Arnaud; Krauth, Werner

    1997-01-01

    We study the equilibrium phase diagram of binary mixtures of hard spheres as well as of parallel hard cubes. A superior cluster algorithm allows us to establish and to access the demixed phase for both systems and to investigate the subtle interplay between short-range depletion and long-range demixing.

  12. Preparation of monodisperse, superparamagnetic, luminescent, and multifunctional PGMA microspheres with amino-groups

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    WANG WeiCai; ZHANG Qi; ZHANG BingBo; LI DeNa; DONG XiaoQing; ZHANG Lei; CHANG Jin

    2008-01-01

    Micron-sized, monodisperse, superparamagnetic, luminescent composite poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) microspheres with functional amino-groups were successfully synthesized in this study. The process of preparation was as follows: preparation of monodisperse poly(glycidyl methacrylate) mi-crospheres by dispersion polymerization method; modification of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) micro-spheres with ethylene diamine to form amino-groups; impregnation of iron ions (Fe2+ and Fe3+) inside the microspheres and subsequently precipitating them with ammonium hydroxide to form magnetite (Fe3O,4>) nanoparticles within the polymer microspheres; infusion of CdSe/CdS core-shell quantum dots (QDs) into magnetic polymer microspheres. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to char-acterize surface morphology and size distribution of composite microspheres. The average size of mi-crospheres was 1.42μm with a size variation of 3.8%, The composite microspheres were bright enough and easily observed using a conventional fluorescence microscope, The composite microspheres were easily separated from solution by magnetic decantation using a permanent magnet. The new multi-functional composite microspheres are promising to be used in a variety of bioanalytical assays in-volving luminescence detection and magnetic separation.

  13. DISE: directed sphere exclusion.

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    Gobbi, Alberto; Lee, Man-Ling

    2003-01-01

    The Sphere Exclusion algorithm is a well-known algorithm used to select diverse subsets from chemical-compound libraries or collections. It can be applied with any given distance measure between two structures. It is popular because of the intuitive geometrical interpretation of the method and its good performance on large data sets. This paper describes Directed Sphere Exclusion (DISE), a modification of the Sphere Exclusion algorithm, which retains all positive properties of the Sphere Exclusion algorithm but generates a more even distribution of the selected compounds in the chemical space. In addition, the computational requirement is significantly reduced, thus it can be applied to very large data sets.

  14. Shock Waves in Dense Hard Disk Fluids

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    Sirmas, Nick; Tudorache, Marion; Barahona, Javier; Radulescu, Matei I.

    2011-01-01

    Media composed of colliding hard disks (2D) or hard spheres (3D) serve as good approximations for the collective hydrodynamic description of gases, liquids and granular media. In the present study, the compressible hydrodynamics and shock dynamics are studied for a two-dimensional hard-disk medium at both the continuum and discrete particle level descriptions. For the continuum description, closed form analytical expressions for the inviscid hydrodynamic description, shock Hugoniot, isentropi...

  15. A Study of Multiple Refractive Scattering of Monoenergetic X-Rays from Ensembles of Monodisperse Spheres

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    Khromova, Anastasiya

    2010-01-01

    A Monte Carlo program based on a three dimensional vector approach was developed to model multiple refractive scattering of X-ray photons in objects with a fine structure. A particular interest was paid to the investigation of lung tissue. Alveoli are low contrast and low absorbing structures. Hence, they are not visible in the conventional radiography which is based on the changes in the absorption arising from density differences and from variation in the thickness and composition of the object. Another possibility to image fine structure objects is to use the phase imaging techniques. As known, the phase change constant delta at low energies (15-30 keV) is 1000 times larger than the absorption constant beta. The Diffraction Enhance Imaging (DEI) technique is one of the recent phase sensitive techniques based on the use of an analyzer crystal placed between the sample and the detector.

  16. MINIMAL IMMERSIONS OF SPHERES INTO SPHERES

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    Do Carmo, Manfredo P.; Wallach, Nolan R.

    1969-01-01

    In this paper we announce a qualitative description of an important class of closed n-dimensional submanifolds of the m-dimensional sphere, namely, those which locally minimize the n-area in the same way that geodesics minimize the arc length and are themselves locally n-spheres of constant radius r; those r that may appear are called admissible. It is known that for n = 2 each admissible r determines a unique element of the above class. The main result here is that for each n ≥ 3 and each admissible r ≥ [unk]8 there exists a continuum of distinct such submanifolds. PMID:16591771

  17. Interface area transport of monodispersed spherical particulates

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    Chang, Chong H. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-08-05

    We present an interface area transport model required in tracking of mass, momentum, and energy exchange between dispersed and background materials. The basic transport equation has been rigorously derived from the volume fraction evolution equation. Interface area changes due to mass transport and local compression/expansion are included. The model is then simplified for the case in which the dispersed phase is composed of spheres of locally uniform size. A procedure for calculating advective flux with interface reconstruction has been suggested.

  18. Facile Method for Preparation of Silica Coated Monodisperse Superparamagnetic Microspheres

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    Xuan-Hung Pham

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a facile method for preparation of silica coated monodisperse superparamagnetic microsphere. Herein, monodisperse porous polystyrene-divinylbenzene microbeads were prepared by seeded emulsion polymerization and subsequently sulfonated with acetic acid/H2SO4. The as-prepared sulfonated macroporous beads were magnetized in presence of Fe2+/Fe3+ under alkaline condition and were subjected to silica coating by sol-gel process, providing water compatibility, easily modifiable surface form, and chemical stability. FE-SEM, TEM, FT-IR, and TGA were employed to characterize the silica coated monodisperse magnetic beads (~7.5 μm. The proposed monodisperse magnetic beads can be used as mobile solid phase particles candidate for protein and DNA separation.

  19. Silicon and Carbon Nanocomposite Spheres with Enhanced Electrochemical Performance for Full Cell Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Wang, Wei; Favors, Zachary; Li, Changling; Liu, Chueh; Ye, Rachel; Fu, Chengyin; Bozhilov, Krassimir; Guo, Juchen; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Ozkan, Cengiz S.

    2017-01-01

    Herein, facile synthesis of monodisperse silicon and carbon nanocomposite spheres (MSNSs) is achieved via a simple and scalable surface-protected magnesiothermic reduction with subsequent chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. Li-ion batteries (LIBs) were fabricated to test the utility of MSNSs as an anode material. LIB anodes based on MSNSs demonstrate a high reversible capacity of 3207 mAh g−1, superior rate performance, and excellent cycling stability. Furthermore, the performance of full cell LIBs was evaluated by using MSNS anode and a LiCoO2 cathode with practical electrode loadings. The MSNS/LiCoO2 full cell demonstrates high gravimetric energy density in the order of 850 Wh L−1 with excellent cycling stability. This work shows a proof of concept of the use of monodisperse Si and C nanocomposite spheres toward practical lithium-ion battery applications. PMID:28322285

  20. Synthesis of highly uniform Cu2O spheres by a two-step approach and their assembly to form photonic crystals with a brilliant color

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    Su, Xin; Chang, Jie; Wu, Suli; Tang, Bingtao; Zhang, Shufen

    2016-03-01

    Monodisperse semiconductor colloidal spheres with a high refractive index hold great potential for building photonic crystals with a strong band gap, but the difficulty in separating the nucleation and growth processes makes it challenging to prepare highly uniform semiconductor colloidal spheres. Herein, real monodisperse Cu2O spheres were prepared via a hot-injection & heating-up two-step method using diethylene glycol as a milder reducing agent. The diameter of the as prepared Cu2O spheres can be tuned from 90 nm to 190 nm precisely. The SEM images reveal that the obtained Cu2O spheres have a narrow size distribution, which permits their self-assembly to form photonic crystals. The effects of precursor concentration and heating rates on the size and morphology of the Cu2O spheres were investigated in detail. The results indicate that the key points of the method include the burst nucleation to form seeds at a high temperature followed by rapid cooling to prevent agglomeration, and appropriate precursor concentration as well as a moderate growth rate during the further growth process. Importantly, photonic crystal films exhibiting a brilliant structural color were fabricated with the obtained monodisperse Cu2O spheres as building blocks, proving the possibility of making photonic crystals with a strong band gap. The developed method was also successfully applied to prepare monodisperse CdS spheres with diameters in the range from 110 nm to 210 nm.Monodisperse semiconductor colloidal spheres with a high refractive index hold great potential for building photonic crystals with a strong band gap, but the difficulty in separating the nucleation and growth processes makes it challenging to prepare highly uniform semiconductor colloidal spheres. Herein, real monodisperse Cu2O spheres were prepared via a hot-injection & heating-up two-step method using diethylene glycol as a milder reducing agent. The diameter of the as prepared Cu2O spheres can be tuned from 90 nm to

  1. ORGANIZATION IN CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC SPHERE

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    Rosemarie HAINES

    2013-01-01

    The critical analysis of Habermas’ Public Sphere Theory and the comparative undertaking to the current day enables us to assert that in contemporary society, public sphere is no longer a political public sphere, this dimension being...

  2. Cavity approach to sphere packing in Hamming space.

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    Ramezanpour, A; Zecchina, R

    2012-02-01

    In this paper we study the hard sphere packing problem in the Hamming space by the cavity method. We show that both the replica symmetric and the replica symmetry breaking approximations give maximum rates of packing that are asymptotically the same as the lower bound of Gilbert and Varshamov. Consistently with known numerical results, the replica symmetric equations also suggest a crystalline solution, where for even diameters the spheres are more likely to be found in one of the subspaces (even or odd) of the Hamming space. These crystalline packings can be generated by a recursive algorithm which finds maximum packings in an ultrametric space. Finally, we design a message passing algorithm based on the cavity equations to find dense packings of hard spheres. Known maximum packings are reproduced efficiently in nontrivial ranges of dimensions and number of spheres. © 2012 American Physical Society

  3. Large attractive depletion interactions in soft repulsive-sphere binary mixtures.

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    Cinacchi, Giorgio; Martínez-Ratón, Yuri; Mederos, Luis; Navascués, Guillermo; Tani, Alessandro; Velasco, Enrique

    2007-12-07

    We consider binary mixtures of soft repulsive spherical particles and calculate the depletion interaction between two big spheres mediated by the fluid of small spheres, using different theoretical and simulation methods. The validity of the theoretical approach, a virial expansion in terms of the density of the small spheres, is checked against simulation results. Attention is given to the approach toward the hard-sphere limit and to the effect of density and temperature on the strength of the depletion potential. Our results indicate, surprisingly, that even a modest degree of softness in the pair potential governing the direct interactions between the particles may lead to a significantly more attractive total effective potential for the big spheres than in the hard-sphere case. This might lead to significant differences in phase behavior, structure, and dynamics of a binary mixture of soft repulsive spheres. In particular, a perturbative scheme is applied to predict the phase diagram of an effective system of big spheres interacting via depletion forces for a size ratio of small and big spheres of 0.2; this diagram includes the usual fluid-solid transition but, in the soft-sphere case, the metastable fluid-fluid transition, which is probably absent in hard-sphere mixtures, is close to being stable with respect to direct fluid-solid coexistence. From these results, the interesting possibility arises that, for sufficiently soft repulsive particles, this phase transition could become stable. Possible implications for the phase behavior of real colloidal dispersions are discussed.

  4. SPHERES National Lab Facility

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    Benavides, Jose

    2014-01-01

    SPHERES is a facility of the ISS National Laboratory with three IVA nano-satellites designed and delivered by MIT to research estimation, control, and autonomy algorithms. Since Fall 2010, The SPHERES system is now operationally supported and managed by NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). A SPHERES Program Office was established and is located at NASA Ames Research Center. The SPHERES Program Office coordinates all SPHERES related research and STEM activities on-board the International Space Station (ISS), as well as, current and future payload development. By working aboard ISS under crew supervision, it provides a risk tolerant Test-bed Environment for Distributed Satellite Free-flying Control Algorithms. If anything goes wrong, reset and try again! NASA has made the capability available to other U.S. government agencies, schools, commercial companies and students to expand the pool of ideas for how to test and use these bowling ball-sized droids. For many of the researchers, SPHERES offers the only opportunity to do affordable on-orbit characterization of their technology in the microgravity environment. Future utilization of SPHERES as a facility will grow its capabilities as a platform for science, technology development, and education.

  5. Preparation of polystyrene spheres in different particle sizes and assembly of the PS colloidal crystals

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    2010-01-01

    Monodisperse polystyrene (PS) colloidal spheres were successfully prepared through emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization by controlling the polymerization reaction time, ionic strength of the system, concentration of the ionic copolymer (sodium p-styrenesulfonate) and other factors. The PS colloidal spheres were assembled into colloidal crystals whose structures were mainly face-centered cubic (fcc) close-packed. Then FDTD method was used to calculate the color-rendering characteristics of the colloidal crystals surface. The calculated results were consistent with the experimental results.

  6. Experiment SPHERE status 2008

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    Shaulov, S.B., E-mail: shaul@sci.lebedev.r [P.N.Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prospect 53, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Besshapov, S.P.; Kabanova, N.V.; Sysoeva, T.I. [P.N.Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prospect 53, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Antonov, R.A.; Anyuhina, A.M.; Bronvech, E.A.; Chernov, D.V.; Galkin, V.I. [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov State University, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Tkaczyk, W. [Department of Experimental Physics of University of Lodz (Poland); Finger, M. [Karlov University, Prague (Czech Republic); Sonsky, M. [COMPAS Consortium, Turnov (Czech Republic)

    2009-12-15

    The expedition carried out in March, 2008 to Lake Baikal became an important stage in the development of the SPHERE experiment. During the expedition the SPHERE-2 installation was hoisted, for the first time, on a tethered balloon, APA, to a height of 700 m over the lake surface covered with ice and snow. A series of test measurements were made. Preliminary results of the data processing are presented. The next plan of the SPHERE experiment is to begin a set of statistics for constructing the CR spectrum in the energy range 10{sup 16}-10{sup 18} eV.

  7. A Brownian dynamic simulation to verify the effective hard-sphere model criterion for the formation of charged colloidal crystals%带电粒子形成胶体晶体的有效硬球模型判据的计算机模拟验证

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    顾凌云; 徐升华; 孙祉伟

    2011-01-01

    在对胶体晶体的研究中,带电粒子胶体晶体的形成机理比硬球胶体晶体更加复杂,对其形成条件目前还缺少有效的判断依据.有效硬球模型判据提出以有效直径作为判断参数.为了验证该判据的有效性,利用布朗动力学模拟研究了不同有效直径下带电粒子胶体晶体的特性.为了更加定量地研究单因素对带电胶体晶体形成的影响,取有效直径为2.8至0.8,并对一定的有效直径,研究了粒子几何直径和排斥力不同情况下的结晶行为.在布朗动力学模拟过程中,采用径向分布函数和键序参数方法检测体系的结构变化,并分析所形成的晶体结构.结果表明,在判断带电粒子胶体体系能否形成有序结构方面,有效硬球模型判据有一定的合理性.但是,并不能将有效直径作为唯一的判别参数,而是需要综合其他参数的影响,这显示出该判据的片面性.%The mechanism for the formation of colloidal crystals in charge-stabilized colloids is more complicated than that of hard-sphere colloidal crystals.And there is still lack of available criterion for the formation of charged colloidal crystals.The effective hard-sphere model suggests a criterion in which the effective diameter is used as a crucial parameter.In order to test the validity of this criterion,the characteristics of charged colloidal crystals with different effective diameters are investigated using Brownian dynamics simulations in this study.The crystallization behaviors with different geometric particle diameters and repulsive forces are also studied with some fixed effective diameters.In the simulation,the time evolution of crystallization process and the crystal structure during the simulation are characterized by means of the radial distribution functions and bond-order parameters.The results show that the effective hard-sphere model criterion has its reasonableness to some extent.However,the effective diameter cannot be

  8. Rapid enumeration of phage in monodisperse emulsions.

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    Tjhung, Katrina F; Burnham, Sean; Anany, Hany; Griffiths, Mansel W; Derda, Ratmir

    2014-06-17

    Phage-based detection assays have been developed for the detection of viable bacteria for applications in clinical diagnosis, monitoring of water quality, and food safety. The majority of these assays deliver a positive readout in the form of newly generated progeny phages by the bacterial host of interest. Progeny phages are often visualized as plaques, or holes, in a lawn of bacteria on an agar-filled Petri dish; however, this rate-limiting step requires up to 12 h of incubation time. We have previously described an amplification of bacteriophages M13 inside droplets of media suspended in perfluorinated oil; a single phage M13 in a droplet yields 10(7) copies in 3-4 h. Here, we describe that encapsulation of reporter phages, both lytic T4-LacZ and nonlytic M13, in monodisperse droplets can also be used for rapid enumeration of phage. Compartmentalization in droplets accelerated the development of the signal from the reporter enzyme; counting of "positive" droplets yields accurate enumeration of phage particles ranging from 10(2) to 10(6) pfu/mL. For enumeration of T4-LacZ phage, the fluorescent signal appeared in as little as 90 min. Unlike bulk assays, quantification in emulsion is robust and insensitive to fluctuations in environmental conditions (e.g., temperature). Power-free emulsification using gravity-driven flow in the absence of syringe pumps and portable fluorescence imaging solutions makes this technology promising for use at the point of care in low-resource environments. This droplet-based phage enumeration method could accelerate and simplify point-of-care detection of the pathogens for which reporter bacteriophages have been developed.

  9. Composite Electroplating to Obtain Ni-ZrO2 Nanocomposite Coatings Containing Monodispersed ZrO2 Nanoparticles

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    WANG Wei; HOU Feng-yan; GUO He-tong

    2004-01-01

    The Zirconia nanoparticles are dispersed well in the plating bath using polyelectrolyte dispersant and NiZrO2 nanocomposite coatings containing monodispersed ZrO2 nanoparticles are successfully prepared under DC electrodeposition condition. The effects of the dispersant concentration on the dispersibility of Zirconia nanoparticles in the plating bath and the hardness of nanocomposite coatings have been investigated. The results shows that the hardness of nanocomposite coatings are strongly influenced by the dispersion state of ZrO2 nanoparticles in the composite coatings and only a very low volume percent of monodispered ZrO2 nanoparticles in Ni-ZrO2 composite coatings will result in higher hardness of the coating.

  10. Affine Sphere Relativity

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    Minguzzi, E.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate spacetimes whose light cones could be anisotropic. We prove the equivalence of the structures: (a) Lorentz-Finsler manifold for which the mean Cartan torsion vanishes, (b) Lorentz-Finsler manifold for which the indicatrix (observer space) at each point is a convex hyperbolic affine sphere centered on the zero section, and (c) pair given by a spacetime volume and a sharp convex cone distribution. The equivalence suggests to describe (affine sphere) spacetimes with this structure, so that no algebraic-metrical concept enters the definition. As a result, this work shows how the metric features of spacetime emerge from elementary concepts such as measure and order. Non-relativistic spacetimes are obtained replacing proper spheres with improper spheres, so the distinction does not call for group theoretical elements. In physical terms, in affine sphere spacetimes the light cone distribution and the spacetime measure determine the motion of massive and massless particles (hence the dispersion relation). Furthermore, it is shown that, more generally, for Lorentz-Finsler theories non-differentiable at the cone, the lightlike geodesics and the transport of the particle momentum over them are well defined, though the curve parametrization could be undefined. Causality theory is also well behaved. Several results for affine sphere spacetimes are presented. Some results in Finsler geometry, for instance in the characterization of Randers spaces, are also included.

  11. Chinese Armillary Spheres

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    Sun, Xiaochun

    The armillary sphere was perhaps the most important type of astronomical instrument in ancient China. It was first invented by Luoxia Hong in the first century BC. After Han times, the structure of the armillary sphere became increasingly sophisticated by including more and more rings representing various celestial movements as recognized by the Chinese astronomers. By the eighth century, the Chinese armillary sphere consisted of three concentric sets of rings revolving on the south-north polar axis. The relative position of the rings could be adjusted to reflect the precession of the equinoxes and the regression of the Moon's nodes along the ecliptic. To counterbalance the defect caused by too many rings, Guo Shoujing from the late thirteenth century constructed the Simplified Instruments which reorganized the rings of the armillary sphere into separate instruments for measuring equatorial coordinates and horizontal coordinates. The armillary sphere was still preserved because it was a good illustration of celestial movements. A fifteenth-century replica of Guo Shoujing's armillary sphere still exists today.

  12. Dispersed-nanoparticle loading synthesis for monodisperse Au-titania composite particles and their crystallization for highly active UV and visible photocatalysts.

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    Sakamoto, Takeshi; Nagao, Daisuke; Noba, Masahiro; Ishii, Haruyuki; Konno, Mikio

    2014-06-24

    Submicrometer-sized amorphous titania spheres incorporating Au nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared in a one-pot synthesis consisting of a sol-gel reaction of titanium(IV) isopropoxide in the presence of chloroauric acid and a successive reduction with sodium borohydride in a mixed solvent of ethanol/acetonitrile. The synthesis was allowed to prepare monodisperse titania spheres that homogeneously incorporated Au NPs with sizes of ca. 7 nm. The Au NP-loaded titania spheres underwent different crystallization processes, including 500 °C calcination in air, high-temperature hydrothermal treatment (HHT), and/or low-temperature hydrothermal treatment (LHT). Photocatalytic experiments were conducted with the Au NP-loaded crystalline titania spheres under irradiation of UV and visible light. A combined process of LHT at 80 °C followed by calcination at 500 °C could effectively crystallize titania spheres maintaining the dispersion state of Au NPs, which led to photocatalytic activity higher than that of commercial P25 under UV irradiation. Under visible light irradiation, the Au NP-titania spheres prepared with a crystallization process of LHT at 80 °C for 6 h showed photocatalytic activity much higher than a commercial product of visible light photocatalyst. Structure analysis of the visible light photocatalysts indicates the importance of prevention of the Au NPs aggregation in the crystallization processes for enhancement of photocatalytic activity.

  13. Spontaneous droplet formation techniques for monodisperse emulsions preparation – Perspectives for food applications

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    Maan, A.A.; Schroën, C.G.P.H.; Boom, R.M.

    2011-01-01

    Spontaneous droplet formation through Laplace pressure differences is a simple method for making monodisperse emulsions and is claimed to be suited for shear and temperature sensitive products, and those requiring high monodispersity. Techniques belonging to this category include (grooved) microchan

  14. Metal Fe{sup 3+} ions assisted synthesis of highly monodisperse Ag/SiO{sub 2} nanohybrids and their antibacterial activity

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    Zhang, Nianchun; Xue, Feng [College of Material Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Yu, Xiang [Analytical and Testing Center, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Zhou, Huihua [Guangdong East Sunshine Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Dongguan 523871 (China); Ding, Enyong, E-mail: eyding@scut.edu.cn [College of Material Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: TEM images of the Ag/SiO{sub 2}-2 nanohybrids. The homogeneous and more mono-disperse Ag nanoparticles deposit on SiO{sub 2} spheres. Through this method, Ag nanoparticles are easily formed on the surface of SiO{sub 2} compared to other methods. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared homogeneous and mono-dispersed Ag/SiO{sub 2}-2 nanohybrids by adding Fe{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ag/SiO{sub 2}-2 nanohybrids had core(SiO{sub 2})-shell(Ag) structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ag/SiO{sub 2}-2 nanohybrids exhibited excellent antibacterial activity against bacteria. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reaction temperature was lower and the yield of Ag/SiO{sub 2}-2 nanohybrids were higher. - Abstract: Highly monodispersed Ag/SiO{sub 2} nanohybrids with excellent antibacterial property were synthesized by using DMF as a reducing agent and employing an additional redox potential of metal Fe{sup 3+} ion as a catalytic agent. The obtained Ag/SiO{sub 2}-2 nanohybrids of about 240 nm were highly monodispersity and uniformity by adding trace Fe{sup 3+} ions into the reaction which Ag{sup +} reacted with N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) at 70 Degree-Sign C. Compared to the conventional techniques, which need long time and high temperature for silica coating of Ag nanoparticles, this new method was capable of synthesizing monodispersed, uniform, high yield Ag/SiO{sub 2} nanohybrids. The electron was transferred from the Fe{sup 2+} ion to the Ag{sup +} ion to accelerate the nucleation of silver nanoparticles. The chemical structures, morphologies and properties of the Ag/SiO{sub 2} nanohybrids were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), (High-resolution, Scanning transmission) transmission electron microscopy (TEM, HRTEM and STEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis spectroscopy (UV-vis) and test of antibacterial. The results demonstrated that the silver nanoparticles supported on the surface of Si

  15. Spinning the fuzzy sphere

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    Berenstein, David [Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,University of Cambridge, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA (United Kingdom); Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara,Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Dzienkowski, Eric; Lashof-Regas, Robin [Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara,Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States)

    2015-08-27

    We construct various exact analytical solutions of the SO(3) BMN matrix model that correspond to rotating fuzzy spheres and rotating fuzzy tori. These are also solutions of Yang Mills theory compactified on a sphere times time and they are also translationally invariant solutions of the N=1{sup ∗} field theory with a non-trivial charge density. The solutions we construct have a ℤ{sub N} symmetry, where N is the rank of the matrices. After an appropriate ansatz, we reduce the problem to solving a set of polynomial equations in 2N real variables. These equations have a discrete set of solutions for each value of the angular momentum. We study the phase structure of the solutions for various values of N. Also the continuum limit where N→∞, where the problem reduces to finding periodic solutions of a set of coupled differential equations. We also study the topology change transition from the sphere to the torus.

  16. AlphaSphere

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    Place, A.; Lacey, L.; Mitchell, T.

    2013-01-01

    The AlphaSphere is an electronic musical instrument featuring a series of tactile, pressure sensitive touch pads arranged in a spherical form. It is designed to offer a new playing style, while allowing for the expressive real-time modulation of sound available in electronic-based music. It is also designed to be programmable, enabling the flexibility to map a series of different notational arrangements to the pad-based interface.\\ud \\ud The AlphaSphere functions as an HID, MIDI and OSC devic...

  17. Note: Sound velocity of a soft sphere model near the fluid-solid phase transition.

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    Khrapak, Sergey A

    2016-03-28

    The quasilocalized charge approximation is applied to estimate the sound velocity of simple soft sphere fluid with the repulsive inverse-power-law interaction. The obtained results are discussed in the context of the sound velocity of the hard-sphere system and of liquid metals at the melting temperature.

  18. Highly monodisperse bismuth nanoparticles and their three-dimensional superlattices.

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    Yarema, Maksym; Kovalenko, Maksym V; Hesser, Günter; Talapin, Dmitri V; Heiss, Wolfgang

    2010-11-01

    A simple and reproducible synthesis of highly monodisperse and ligand-protected bismuth nanoparticles (Bi NPs) is reported. The size of the single-crystalline and spherically shaped NPs is controlled between 11 and 22 nm mainly by the reaction temperature. The high uniformity of the NPs allows their self-assembly into long-range-ordered two- and three-dimensional superstructures.

  19. A general approach for monodisperse colloidal perovskites, Chemistry of Materials

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    Demirors, A.F.; Imhof, A.

    2009-01-01

    We describe a novel general method for synthesizing monodisperse colloidal perovskite particles at room temperature by postsynthesis addition of metal hydroxides to amorphous titania colloids. In previous work, we used titania particles to synthesize homogenously mixed silica-titania composite parti

  20. Structure and phase behaviors of confined two penetrable soft spheres

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    Kim, Eun-Young; Kim, Soon-Chul

    2016-04-01

    We study the phase behaviors of two penetrable soft spheres, whose interactions include the soft repulsion and attraction, in a hard spherical pore. The exact partition function, one-body density, and equation of state for the confined two penetrable soft spheres have been calculated using the Fourier transform method. The phase diagrams have been determined from the negative compressibility of the van der Waals type, which imitates the phase transition of many particle system. The addition of the soft repulsion and attraction beyond the soft-core potential gives rise to the van der Waals instability. The soft attraction beyond the soft-core potential significantly enhances the van der Waals instability, whereas the soft repulsion reduces the van der Waals instability. For two hard spheres and hard square-well spheres, the van der Waals instability is not observed. However, the addition of a short-range soft repulsion beyond the hard-core gives rise to the van der Waals instability.

  1. The Moyal Sphere

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    Eckstein, Michał; Wulkenhaar, Raimar

    2016-01-01

    We construct a family of constant curvature metrics on the Moyal plane and compute the Gauss-Bonnet term for each of them. They arise from the conformal rescaling of the metric in the orthonormal frame approach. We find a particular solution, which corresponds to the Fubini-Study metric and which equips the Moyal algebra with the geometry of a noncommutative sphere.

  2. The Moyal sphere

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    Eckstein, Michał; Sitarz, Andrzej; Wulkenhaar, Raimar

    2016-11-01

    We construct a family of constant curvature metrics on the Moyal plane and compute the Gauss-Bonnet term for each of them. They arise from the conformal rescaling of the metric in the orthonormal frame approach. We find a particular solution, which corresponds to the Fubini-Study metric and which equips the Moyal algebra with the geometry of a noncommutative sphere.

  3. Characterization of maximally random jammed sphere packings: Voronoi correlation functions.

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    Klatt, Michael A; Torquato, Salvatore

    2014-11-01

    We characterize the structure of maximally random jammed (MRJ) sphere packings by computing the Minkowski functionals (volume, surface area, and integrated mean curvature) of their associated Voronoi cells. The probability distribution functions of these functionals of Voronoi cells in MRJ sphere packings are qualitatively similar to those of an equilibrium hard-sphere liquid and partly even to the uncorrelated Poisson point process, implying that such local statistics are relatively structurally insensitive. This is not surprising because the Minkowski functionals of a single Voronoi cell incorporate only local information and are insensitive to global structural information. To improve upon this, we introduce descriptors that incorporate nonlocal information via the correlation functions of the Minkowski functionals of two cells at a given distance as well as certain cell-cell probability density functions. We evaluate these higher-order functions for our MRJ packings as well as equilibrium hard spheres and the Poisson point process. It is shown that these Minkowski correlation and density functions contain visibly more information than the corresponding standard pair-correlation functions. We find strong anticorrelations in the Voronoi volumes for the hyperuniform MRJ packings, consistent with previous findings for other pair correlations [A. Donev et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 090604 (2005)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.95.090604], indicating that large-scale volume fluctuations are suppressed by accompanying large Voronoi cells with small cells, and vice versa. In contrast to the aforementioned local Voronoi statistics, the correlation functions of the Voronoi cells qualitatively distinguish the structure of MRJ sphere packings (prototypical glasses) from that of not only the Poisson point process but also the correlated equilibrium hard-sphere liquids. Moreover, while we did not find any perfect icosahedra (the locally densest possible structure in which a

  4. Phase behaviour of deionized binary mixtures of charged colloidal spheres.

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    Lorenz, Nina J; Schöpe, Hans Joachim; Reiber, Holger; Palberg, Thomas; Wette, Patrick; Klassen, Ina; Holland-Moritz, Dirk; Herlach, Dieter; Okubo, Tsuneo

    2009-11-18

    We review recent work on the phase behaviour of binary charged sphere mixtures as a function of particle concentration and composition. Both size ratios Γ and charge ratios Λ are varied over a wide range. Unlike the case for hard spheres, the long-ranged Coulomb interaction stabilizes the crystal phase at low particle concentrations and shifts the occurrence of amorphous solids to particle concentrations considerably larger than the freezing concentration. Depending on Γ and Λ, we observe upper azeotrope, spindle, lower azeotrope and eutectic types of phase diagrams, all known well from metal systems. Most solids are of body centred cubic structure. Occasionally stoichiometric compounds are formed at large particle concentrations. For very low Γ, entropic effects dominate and induce a fluid-fluid phase separation. Since for charged spheres the charge ratio Λ is also decisive for the type of phase diagram, future experiments with charge variable silica spheres are suggested.

  5. ORGANIZATION IN CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC SPHERE

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    Rosemarie HAINES

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The critical analysis of Habermas’ Public Sphere Theory and the comparative undertaking to the current day enables us to assert that in contemporary society, public sphere is no longer a political public sphere, this dimension being completed by a societal dimension, the public sphere has extended and now we can talk about partial public spheres in an ever more commercial environment. The new rebuilding and communication technologies create a new type of public character: the visible sphere – non-located, non-dialogical and open. Information and communication are more and more involved in the restructuring of capitalism on an international scale and the reorganization of leadership and management systems. The reevaluation of the public sphere, public opinion, communication allows us to define public sphere according to the profound mutations from today’s democratic societies.

  6. Synthesis of PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres with catalytic and antibacterial activities.

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    Deng, Ziwei; Zhu, Haibao; Peng, Bo; Chen, Hong; Sun, Yuanfang; Gang, Xiaodong; Jin, Pujun; Wang, Juanli

    2012-10-24

    This paper describes a simple, mild, and environmentally friendly approach to synthesize polystyrene/Ag (PS/Ag) nanocomposite spheres, which makes use of both reducing and stabilizing functions of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in aqueous media. In this approach, monodisperse polystyrene (PS) spheres, which are used as templates for the synthesis of core-shell nanocomposite spheres, are sulfonated first. Then, [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions are adsorbed onto the surface of the PS template spheres via electrostatic attraction between -SO(3)H groups (grafted on the surface of the PS template spheres) and [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions. [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions are then reduced by and simultaneously protected by PVP. In this way, the PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres in aqueous media are obtained through a so-called one-pot method. Neither additional reducing agents nor toxic organic solvents are utilized during the synthesis process. Furthermore, the coverage degree and the particle size of Ag nanoparticles on PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres is easily tuned by changing the concentration of [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions in aqueous media. Moreover, these PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres can be used as catalyst for the reduction of organic dyes and as antibacterial agents against Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In the present study, these PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres exhibit excellent catalytic properties (both in efficiency and recyclability) for the reduction of organic dyes, and the preliminary antibacterial assays indicate that these PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres also possess extraordinary antibacterial abilities against Salmonella and Escherichia coli.

  7. Polyurethane triblock copolymers with mono-disperse hard segments. Influence of the hard segment length on thermal and thermomechanical properties

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    Arun, Araichimani; Baack, Kasper K.J.; Gaymans, Reinoud J.

    2008-01-01

    Polyurethane triblock copolymers were synthesized by reacting 4,4-methylenebis(phenyl isocyanate) (MDI)-endcapped poly(tetramethylene oxide) (PTMO) with mono-amine-amide (MMA) units. Four different MMA units were used, i.e. no-amide (6m), mono-amide (6B), di-amide (6T6m) and tri-amide (6T6B), based

  8. Theorising Public and Private Spheres

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    Sima Remina

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The 19th century saw an expression of women’s ardent desire for freedom, emancipation and assertion in the public space. Women hardly managed to assert themselves at all in the public sphere, as any deviation from their traditional role was seen as unnatural. The human soul knows no gender distinctions, so we can say that women face the same desire for fulfillment as men do. Today, women are more and more encouraged to develop their skills by undertaking activities within the public space that are different from those that form part of traditional domestic chores. The woman of the 19th century felt the need to be useful to society, to make her contribution visible in a variety of domains. A woman does not have to become masculine to get power. If she is successful in any important job, this does not mean that she thinks like a man, but that she thinks like a woman. Women have broken through the walls that cut them off from public life, activity and ambition. There are no hindrances that can prevent women from taking their place in society.

  9. Frustrated spin model as a hard-sphere liquid

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    Mostovoy, MV; Khomskii, DI; Knoester, J; Prokof'ev, NV; Prokof’ev, N.V.

    2003-01-01

    We show that one-dimensional topological objects (kinks) are natural degrees of freedom for an antiferromagnetic Ising model on a triangular lattice. Its ground states and the coexistence of spin ordering with an extensive zero-temperature entropy can easily be understood in terms of kinks forming a

  10. The hard-sphere model of strongly interacting fermion systems

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    Mecca, Angela

    2016-01-01

    The formalism based on Correlated Basis Functions (CBF) and the cluster-expansion technique has been recently employed to derive an effective interaction from a realistic nuclear Hamiltonian. One of the main objectives of the work described in this Thesis is establishing the accuracy of this novel approach--that allows to combine the flexibility of perturbation theory in the basis of eigenstates of the noninteracting system with a realistic description of short-range correlations in coordinat...

  11. Neural tissue-spheres

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    Andersen, Rikke K; Johansen, Mathias; Blaabjerg, Morten

    2007-01-01

    maintained their neurogenic potential throughout 77 days of propagation, while the ability of anterior NTS to generate neurons severely declined from day 40. The present procedure describes isolation and long-term expansion of forebrain SVZ tissue with potential preservation of the endogenous cellular......By combining new and established protocols we have developed a procedure for isolation and propagation of neural precursor cells from the forebrain subventricular zone (SVZ) of newborn rats. Small tissue blocks of the SVZ were dissected and propagated en bloc as free-floating neural tissue......-spheres (NTS) in EGF and FGF2 containing medium. The spheres were cut into quarters when passaged every 10-15th day, avoiding mechanical or enzymatic dissociation in order to minimize cellular trauma and preserve intercellular contacts. For analysis of regional differences within the forebrain SVZ, NTS were...

  12. Absolute multilateration between spheres

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    Muelaner, Jody; Wadsworth, William; Azini, Maria; Mullineux, Glen; Hughes, Ben; Reichold, Armin

    2017-04-01

    Environmental effects typically limit the accuracy of large scale coordinate measurements in applications such as aircraft production and particle accelerator alignment. This paper presents an initial design for a novel measurement technique with analysis and simulation showing that that it could overcome the environmental limitations to provide a step change in large scale coordinate measurement accuracy. Referred to as absolute multilateration between spheres (AMS), it involves using absolute distance interferometry to directly measure the distances between pairs of plain steel spheres. A large portion of each sphere remains accessible as a reference datum, while the laser path can be shielded from environmental disturbances. As a single scale bar this can provide accurate scale information to be used for instrument verification or network measurement scaling. Since spheres can be simultaneously measured from multiple directions, it also allows highly accurate multilateration-based coordinate measurements to act as a large scale datum structure for localized measurements, or to be integrated within assembly tooling, coordinate measurement machines or robotic machinery. Analysis and simulation show that AMS can be self-aligned to achieve a theoretical combined standard uncertainty for the independent uncertainties of an individual 1 m scale bar of approximately 0.49 µm. It is also shown that combined with a 1 µm m‑1 standard uncertainty in the central reference system this could result in coordinate standard uncertainty magnitudes of 42 µm over a slender 1 m by 20 m network. This would be a sufficient step change in accuracy to enable next generation aerospace structures with natural laminar flow and part-to-part interchangeability.

  13. VMware vSphere Design

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    Guthrie, Forbes; Saidel-Keesing, Maish

    2011-01-01

    The only book focused on designing VMware vSphere implementations.VMware vSphere is the most widely deployed virtualization platform today. Considered the most robust and sophisticated hypervisor product, vSphere is the de facto standard for businesses, both large and small. This book is the only one of its kind to concisely explain how to execute a successful vSphere architecture, tailored to meet your company's needs. Expert authors share with you the factors that shape the design of a vSphere implementation. Learn how to make the right design decisions for your environment.Explores the late

  14. A co-flow-focusing monodisperse microbubble generator

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    Zhang, Jiaming

    2014-02-14

    We use a simple and inexpensive microfluidic device, which is based on microscope glass slides and two tapered glass capillaries, to produce monodisperse microbubbles. The innermost capillary used for transporting the gas is inserted into the second capillary, with its 2 μm sharp tip aligned with the center of the converging-diverging throat of the second capillary. This configuration provides a small and smooth gas flow rate, and a high velocity gradient at the tube outlet. Highly monodisperse microbubbles with diameters ranging from 3.5 to 60 microns have been successfully produced at a rate of up to 40 kHz. A simple scaling law, which is based on the capillary number and liquid-to-gas flow rate ratio, successfully predicts the bubble size. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  15. Synthesis and antimicrobial activity of monodisperse copper nanoparticles.

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    Kruk, Tomasz; Szczepanowicz, Krzysztof; Stefańska, Joanna; Socha, Robert P; Warszyński, Piotr

    2015-04-01

    Metallic monodisperse copper nanoparticles at a relatively high concentration (300 ppm CuNPs) have been synthesized by the reduction of copper salt with hydrazine in the aqueous SDS solution. The average particles size and the distribution size were characterized by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Nanosight-Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA). The morphology and structure of nanoparticles were investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The chemical composition of the copper nanoparticles was determined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Monodisperse copper nanoparticles with average diameter 50 nm were received. UV/vis absorption spectra confirmed the formation of the nanoparticles with the characteristic peak 550 nm. The antimicrobial studies showed that the copper nanoparticles had high activity against Gram-positive bacteria, standard and clinical strains, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, comparable to silver nanoparticles and some antibiotics. They also exhibited antifungal activity against Candida species. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Synthesis of Monodisperse Iron Oxide Nanoparticles without Surfactants

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    Xiao-Chen Yang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles could be successfully synthesized with two kinds of precipitants through a precipitation method. As-prepared nanoparticles in the size around 10 nm with regular spherical-like shape were achieved by adjusting pH values. NaOH and NH3·H2O were used as two precipitants for comparison. The average size of nanoparticles with NH3·H2O precipitant got smaller and represented better dispersibility, while nanoparticles with NaOH precipitant represented better magnetic property. This work provided a simple method without using any organic solvents, organic metal salts, or surfactants which could easily obtain monodisperse nanoparticles with tunable morphology.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Monodisperse Nickel Nanoparticles by Polyol Process

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    LI Peng; GUAN Jianguo; ZHANG Qingjie; ZHAO Wenyu

    2005-01-01

    Polymer-protected monodisperse nickel nanoparticles were synthesized by a modified polyol reduction method in the presence of poly ( N-vinyl- 2-pyrrolidone ). These nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X- ray diffraction ( XRD ), selected area electron diffraction ( SAED ), as well as vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The experimental results show that the addition of PVP and the concentration of NaOH have strong influences on the size, agglomeration and uniformity of nanoparticles. In the presence of PVP and NaOH with low concentrations, monodisperse nickel nanoparticles with average diameters about 42 nm were obtained and characterized to be pure nickel crystalline with fcc structure. Secondary structures such as clusters, loops, and strings resulted from magnetic interactions between particles were observed. The chemical interaction between the PVP and nickel nanoparticles was found by FTIR. The saturation magnetization ( Ms ), remanent magnetization (Mr) and coercivity ( Hc ) of these nickel nanoparticles are lower than those of bulk nickel.

  18. Polydopamine spheres as active templates for convenient synthesis of various nanostructures.

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    Yan, Jian; Yang, Liping; Lin, Meng-Fang; Ma, Jan; Lu, Xuehong; Lee, Pooi See

    2013-02-25

    In this work, monodisperse polydopamine (PDA) spheres with tunable diameters have been synthesized through a facile and low cost method using a deionized water and alcohol mixed solvent. The PDA spheres possess surface functional groups (-OH, -NH(2)), exhibiting an extraordinary versatile active nature. It is demonstrated that the PDA spheres could serve as an active template for the convenient synthesis of various nanostructures, e.g., MnO(2) hollow spheres or PDA/Fe(3)O(4) and PDA/Ag core/shell nanostructures. No surface modification or special treatment is required for the synthesis of these nanostructures, which makes the fabrication process simple and very convenient. The novel application of PDA/Fe(3)O(4) spheres as fillers in nanocomposites for high-performance capacitors is demonstrated, indicating a promising practicality. The PDA spheres provide a new general platform not only for the facile assembly of nanostructures but also a green synthetic template for practical applications. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Monodispersive CoPt Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Chemical Reduction Method

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    SHEN Cheng-Min; HUI Chao; YANG Tian-Zhong; XIAO Cong-Wen; CHEN Shu-Tang; DING Hao; GAO Hong-Jun

    2008-01-01

    @@ Monodispersive CoPt nanoparticles in sizes of about 2.2 nm are synthesized by superhydride reduction of CoCl2 and PtCl2 in diphenyl ether. The as-prepared nanoparticles show a chemically disordered A1 structure and are superparamagnetic. Thermal annealing transforms the A1 structure into chemically ordered L1o structure and the particles are ferromagnetic at room temperature.

  20. Monodisperse magnesium hydride nanoparticles uniformly self-assembled on graphene.

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    Xia, Guanglin; Tan, Yingbin; Chen, Xiaowei; Sun, Dalin; Guo, Zaiping; Liu, Huakun; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Zhu, Min; Yu, Xuebin

    2015-10-21

    Monodisperse MgH2 nanoparticles with homogeneous distribution and a high loading percent are developed through hydrogenation-induced self-assembly under the structure-directing role of graphene. Graphene acts not only as a structural support, but also as a space barrier to prevent the growth of MgH2 nanoparticles and as a thermally conductive pathway, leading to outstanding performance.