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Colloid-polymer mixtures at triple coexistence: Kinetic maps from free-energy landscapes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1242
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 1999


We have studied the kinetics of phase separation in a colloid-polymer mixture. The evolution of initially homogeneous samples as they separate into coexisting colloidal gas, liquid, and crystal phases was investigated by time-lapse video recording. Distinct kinetic regimes were found, the existence and character of which are interpreted in terms of the "free energy landscape" of the system.

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