Effect of confinement on charge-stabilized colloidal suspensions between two charged plates

J. Chakrabarti, H. Löwen
1998 Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics  
We study the effect of confinement on the phase behavior of a charge-stabilized colloidal suspension between two parallel charged plates. The electrostatic interaction of the counterions with the plates induces density inhomogeneity of the counterions. Our Monte Carlo simulations show that the external potential acting on the colloidal particles due to this inhomogeneity inhibits the precrystallization tendency, a prediction that can be verified in experiments. Our mean-field theory
more » ... y accounts for the tendency to inhibit the precrystallization. ͓S1063-651X͑98͒11609-4͔ PACS number͑s͒: 82.70.Dd FIG. 3. Mean-field phase diagram in the H/d-* plane. The solid lines are guides to the eye. PRE 58 3403 EFFECT OF CONFINEMENT ON CHARGE-STABILIZED . . .
doi:10.1103/physreve.58.3400 fatcat:omsuma6exbeovku5qruqpoedye