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Predicting the self-assembly of a model colloidal crystal

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Abstract

We investigate the self-assembly (crystallisation) of particles with hard cores and isotropic, square-well interactions, using a Monte Carlo scheme to simulate overdamped Langevin dynamics. We measure correlation and response functions during the early stages of assembly, and we analyse the results using fluctuation-dissipation theorems, aiming to predict which systems will self-assemble successfully and which will get stuck in disordered states. The early-time correlation and response measurements are made before significant crystallisation has taken place, indicating that dynamical measurements are valuable in measuring a system's propensity for kinetic trapping.

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The article was received on 15 Mar 2011, accepted on 21 Apr 2011 and first published on 03 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05456B
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 6294-6303
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    Predicting the self-assembly of a model colloidal crystal

    D. Klotsa and R. L. Jack, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6294
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05456B

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