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Energy landscape of colloidal dumbbells in a periodic distribution of light

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Using a ray tracing calculation, the energy landscape of dumbbells, made of spherical colloidal particles, interacting with a periodic distribution of light is calculated. As shown previously [E. Sarmiento-Gomez, J. A. Rivera-Moran and J. L. Aruaz-Lara, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 3684], planar aggregates of spherical particles adopt discrete configurations in such light distribution. Here we focus on the case of colloidal dumbbells both symmetric and asymmetric from an experimental and theoretical point of view. It has been shown that the direct calculation using the ray tracing approximation is in excellent agreement with the experiment in spite of the fact that the particles size and the wavelength of the trapping light are comparable. We also corroborate, at least for the more simple case of a single particle in a parabolic light distribution, that the simple method used here provides the same results as the more complex and general Lorenz–Mie approach giving a more simple yet reliable method for the calculation of the energy landscape of colloidal aggregates in periodic light distributions.

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The article was received on 06 Mar 2019, accepted on 25 Mar 2019 and first published on 26 Mar 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00472F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article

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    Energy landscape of colloidal dumbbells in a periodic distribution of light

    E. Sarmiento-Gómez, J. A. Rivera-Morán and J. L. Arauz-Lara, Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00472F

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