Collective sliding states for colloidal molecular crystals

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We study the driving of colloidal molecular crystals over periodic substrates such as those created with optical traps. The n-merization that occurs in the colloidal molecular crystal states produces a remarkably rich variety of distinct dynamical behaviors, including polarization effects within the pinned phase and the formation of both ordered and disordered sliding phases. Using computer simulations, we map the dynamic phase diagrams as a function of substrate strength for dimers and trimers on a triangular substrate, and correlate features on the phase diagram with transport signatures.

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Reichhardt, Charles & Reichhardt, Cynthia January 1, 2008.

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We study the driving of colloidal molecular crystals over periodic substrates such as those created with optical traps. The n-merization that occurs in the colloidal molecular crystal states produces a remarkably rich variety of distinct dynamical behaviors, including polarization effects within the pinned phase and the formation of both ordered and disordered sliding phases. Using computer simulations, we map the dynamic phase diagrams as a function of substrate strength for dimers and trimers on a triangular substrate, and correlate features on the phase diagram with transport signatures.

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-08-08068
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  • Grant Number: AC52-06NA25396
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Reichhardt, Charles & Reichhardt, Cynthia. Collective sliding states for colloidal molecular crystals, article, January 1, 2008; [New Mexico]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc931304/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.