Local size segregation in polydisperse hard sphere fluids

I Pagonabarraga, M E Cates, G J Ackland

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The structure of polydisperse hard sphere fluids, in the presence of a wall, is studied by the Rosenfeld density functional theory. Within this approach, the local excess free energy depends on only four combinations of the full set of density fields. The case of continuous polydispersity thereby becomes tractable. We predict, generically, an oscillatory size segregation close to the wall, and connect this, by a perturbation theory for narrow distributions, with the reversible work for changing the size of one particle in a monodisperse reference fluid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-914
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2000


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