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Title: Two-dimensional freezing criteria for crystallizing colloidal monolayers
Authors: Wang, Ziren
Alsayed, Ahmed M.
Yodh, Arjun G.
Han, Yilong
Keywords: Colloidal crystals
Computational geometry
Glass transition
Molecular clusters
Issue Date: 21-Apr-2010
Citation: Journal of chemical physics, v. 132, iss. 15, 154501
Abstract: Video microscopy was employed to explore crystallization of colloidal monolayers composed of diameter-tunable microgel spheres. Two-dimensional (2D) colloidal liquids were frozen homogenously into polycrystalline solids, and four 2D criteria for freezing were experimentally tested in thermal systems for the first time: the Hansen–Verlet freezing rule, the Löwen–Palberg–Simon dynamical freezing criterion, and two other rules based, respectively, on the split shoulder of the radial distribution function and on the distribution of the shape factor of Voronoi polygons. Importantly, these freezing criteria, usually applied in the context of single crystals, were demonstrated to apply to the formation of polycrystalline solids. At the freezing point, we also observed a peak in the fluctuations of the orientational order parameter and a percolation transition associated with caged particles. Speculation about these percolated clusters of caged particles casts light on solidification mechanisms and dynamic heterogeneity in freezing.
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