Interparticle force between different types of nematic colloids

Kuniyoshi Izaki, Yasuyuki Kimura

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We have studied the interparticle force between colloidal particles with three different types of defects in nematic liquid crystal by dual-beam optical tweezers. The force between a dipole (D)- and a Saturn-ring (S)-type particle at large interparticle distance R is proportional to R-4.95 ±0.05. The force between a D- and a planar (P)-type particle and that between an S- and a P-type particle are, respectively, proportional to R-5.04±0.08 and R-5.78 ±0.13. The observed dependence of the interparticle force on R at large R is in agreement with that predicted by electrostatic analogy. The topological quadrupole moments for S and P particles are evaluated from experimental data. We have also studied the force curves in oblique arrangement against the far-field director for respective pairs. The experimental force curves at large R quantitatively agree with those predicted by electrostatic analogy, but they always become attractive at small R due to the reorientation and deformation of defects. The force profiles for the S-P pair are also compared with those obtained by the recent numerical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062507
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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