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Novel zone formation due to interplay between sedimentation and phase ordering

Mathieu Leocmach
C. Patrick P Royall
Hajime Tanaka
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Usually, we expect large particles to sediment faster than small of the same material. Contrary to this intuition, we report a dynamical competition between sedimentation and phase ordering which leads to smaller particles settling faster than larger ones. We access this phenomenon using suspensions of polymers and two colloidal species which we image with confocal microscopy. Polymers mediate attractions between colloids, leading to phase separation and crystallisation. We find that the dynamical interplay between sedimentation, phase separation and crystal nucleation underlie this phenomenon. Furthermore, under certain conditions we find a kinetic pathway leading to an apparent coexistence between a one component crystal and binary fluid of equal buoyancy. These findings may be relevant to the basic understanding of sedimentation-induced zone formation in nature and industrial applications.
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hal-01901002 , version 1 (22-10-2018)

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Mathieu Leocmach, C. Patrick P Royall, Hajime Tanaka. Novel zone formation due to interplay between sedimentation and phase ordering. EPL - Europhysics Letters, 2010, 89 (3), ⟨10.1209/0295-5075/89/38006⟩. ⟨hal-01901002⟩
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