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CPP: Fachverband Chemische Physik und Polymerphysik

CPP 9: Active Matter (joint session DY/BP/CPP)

CPP 9.5: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 30. September 2021, 12:45–13:00, H2

Arrested phase separation in nonreciprocally interacting colloids — •Sebastian Fehlinger and Benno Liebchen — Institut für Physik kondensierter Materie, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstraße 8, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany

Non-reciprocal interactions are wide spread in nature and can lead to a huge variety of phenomenons in many physical systems. For the specific case of a binary mixture of passive particles, the breaking of the action reaction principle can lead to formation of self-propelled dimers and other active molecules. For a small system size, these active molecules have already been realized in experiments based on phoretically interacting binary colloidal mixtures [1].

This work focuses on the numerical simulation of the Langevin equations describing many noninteracting colloids which we complement with a continuum theory. We find that the nonreciprocal attractions destabilize the uniform disordered phase and lead to clusters which grow in the course of the time. Surprisingly, for a wide parameter range, the clusters only grow up to a certain size such that coarsening is arrested. We attribute this to the spatiotemporal organization of the composition of the binary mixture within the cluster which essentially screens the phoretic attractions.

[1] F. Schmidt, B. Liebchen, H. Löwen, G. Volpe, J. Chem. Phys. 150, 094905 (2019).

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