Self-assembly and vortices formed by microparticles in weak electrolytes

M. V. Sapozhnikov, Igor Aronson, W. K. Kwok, Y. V. Tolmachev

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Self-assembly of metallic micron-size particles was investigated in poorly conducting liquid subjected to a constant electric field. The particles were found to self-assemble into long chains directed along the electric field lines and form vortices and other structures. It was found that the vortices perform Brownian-type random motion due to self-induced chaotic hydrodynamic flows. The diffusivity constant of the vortices and the conductivity and mechanical stiffness of the chains were also measured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 20 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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