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Hypersonic acoustic excitations in binary colloidal crystals: Big versus small hard sphere control

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Original languageEnglish
Article number014707
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume126
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2007

Abstract

The phononic band structure of two binary colloidal crystals, at hypersonic frequencies, is studied by means of Brillouin light scattering and analyzed in conjunction with corresponding dispersion diagrams of the single colloidal crystals of the constituent particles. Besides the acoustic band of the average medium, the authors' results show the existence of narrow bands originating from resonant multipole modes of the individual particles as well as Bragg-type modes due to the (short-range) periodicity. Strong interaction, leading to the occurrence of hybridization gaps, is observed between the acoustic band and the band of quadrupole modes of the particles that occupy the largest fractional volume of the mixed crystal; the effective radius is either that of the large (in the symmetric NaCl-type crystalline phase) or the small (in the asymmetric NaZn13-type crystalline phase) particles. The possibility to reveal a universal behavior of the phononic band structure for different single and binary colloidal crystalline suspensions, by representing in the dispersion diagrams reduced quantities using an appropriate length scale, is discussed.

    Research areas

  • CLOSE-PACKED STRUCTURES, 2 DIFFERENT SIZES, SUPERLATTICE FORMATION, SOUND-PROPAGATION, BAND-STRUCTURE, SUSPENSIONS, MIXTURES, SYSTEMS, PHONONS

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