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Excluded volume induces buckling in optically driven colloidal rings

  • In our combined experimental, theoretical and numerical work, we study the out of equilibrium deformations in a shrinking ring of optically trapped, interacting colloidal particles. Steerable optical tweezers are used to confine dielectric microparticles along a circle of discrete harmonic potential wells, and to reduce the ring radius at a controlled quench speed. We show that excluded-volume interactions are enough to induce particle sliding from their equilibrium positions and nonequilibrium zigzag roughening of the colloidal structure. Our work unveils the underlying mechanism of interfacial deformation in radially driven microscopic discrete rings.
Author:Eric Cereceda-López, Mattia Ostinato, Antonio Ortiz-Ambriz, Arthur StraubeORCiD, Matteo Palassini, Pietro Tierno
Document Type:Article
Parent Title (English):Phys. Rev. Research
First Page:L012044
Year of first publication:2024
ArXiv Id:http://arxiv.org/abs/2312.14047
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