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Polymerization Transition in Two-Dimensional Systems of Dipolar Spheres

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Author(s)

Justin Stambaugh, K VanWorkum, Jack F. Douglas, Wolfgang Losert

Abstract

We investigate the self-organization of dipolar spheres into polymer chains as a fundamental model of self-assembly of particles having anisotropic interactions. Our study involves a combination of simulation and experiments on vertically vibrated magnetic beads simulating a quasi-two-dimensional fluid at equilibrium and corresponding Monte Carlo simulations of interacting dipolar spheres. We find a transition from a gas-like phase to a polymerized phase upon cooling, in accord with the analytic theory of equilibrium polymerization.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
72

Keywords

dipolar fluid, equilibrium polymerization, interaction parameter, order parameter, polymerization transition, simulation

Citation

Stambaugh, J. , VanWorkum, K. , Douglas, J. and Losert, W. (2005), Polymerization Transition in Two-Dimensional Systems of Dipolar Spheres, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=852481 (Accessed June 24, 2024)

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Created December 31, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021