3 years ago

Colloidal particle electrorotation in a non-uniform electric field.

Michael J. Miksis, Petia M. Vlahovska, Yi Hu

A model to study the dynamics of colloidal particles in nonuniform electric fields is proposed. For an isolated sphere, the conditions and threshold for sustained (Quincke) rotation in a linear direct current (dc) field are determined. Particle dynamics becomes more complex with increasing electric field strength, changing from steady spinning around the particle center to time-dependent orbiting motion around the minimum field location. Pairs of particles exhibit intricate trajectories, which are combination of translation, due to dielectrophoresis, and rotation, due to the Quincke effect. Our model provides a basis to study the collective dynamics of many particles in a general electric field.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.01331

DOI: arXiv:1711.01331v1

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