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111 years of Brownian motion

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Abstract

We consider the Brownian motion of a particle and present a tutorial review over the last 111 years since Einstein's paper in 1905. We describe Einstein's model, Langevin's model and the hydrodynamic models, with increasing sophistication on the hydrodynamic interactions between the particle and the fluid. In recent years, the effects of interfaces on the nearby Brownian motion have been the focus of several investigations. We summarize various results and discuss some of the controversies associated with new findings about the changes in Brownian motion induced by the interface.

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The article was received on 18 May 2016, accepted on 29 Jun 2016 and first published on 04 Jul 2016


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01153E
Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 6331-6346
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    111 years of Brownian motion

    X. Bian, C. Kim and G. E. Karniadakis, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 6331
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01153E

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