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Crystallization and arrest mechanisms of model colloids

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Abstract

We performed dynamic simulations of spheres with short-range attractive interactions for many values of interaction strength and range. Fast crystallization occurs in a localized region of this parameter space, but the character of crystallization pathways is not uniform within this region. Pathways range from one-step, in which a crystal nucleates directly from a gas, to two-step, in which substantial liquid-like clusters form and only subsequently become crystalline. Crystallization can fail because of slow nucleation from either gas or liquid, or because of dynamic arrest caused by strong interactions. Arrested states are characterized by the formation of networks of face-sharing tetrahedra that can be detected by a local common neighbor analysis.

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The article was received on 24 Jul 2015, accepted on 11 Sep 2015 and first published on 11 Sep 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01833A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2015,11, 9307-9320
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    Crystallization and arrest mechanisms of model colloids

    T. K. Haxton, L. O. Hedges and S. Whitelam, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 9307
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01833A

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