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Defect structure and percolation in the packing of bidispersed particles on a sphere

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Abstract

We study packings of bidispersed spherical particles on a spherical surface. The presence of curvature necessitates defects even for monodispersed particles; bidispersity either leads to a more disordered packing for nearly equal radii, or a higher fill fraction when the smaller particles are accommodated in the interstices of the larger spheres. Variation in the packing fraction is explained by a percolation transition, as chains of defects or scars previously discovered in the monodispersed case grow and eventually disconnect the neighbor graph.

Graphical abstract: Defect structure and percolation in the packing of bidispersed particles on a sphere

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The article was received on 23 Jan 2017, accepted on 19 Aug 2017 and first published on 21 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00179G
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
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    Defect structure and percolation in the packing of bidispersed particles on a sphere

    A. M. Mascioli, C. J. Burke, M. Q. Giso and T. J. Atherton, Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00179G

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