Brownian motion and the hydrodynamic friction tensor for colloidal particles of complex shape

Daniela J. Kraft, Raphael Wittkowski, Borge Ten Hagen, Kazem V. Edmond, David J. Pine, Hartmut Löwen

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We synthesize colloidal particles with various anisotropic shapes and track their orientationally resolved Brownian trajectories using confocal microscopy. An analysis of appropriate short-time correlation functions provides direct access to the hydrodynamic friction tensor of the particles revealing nontrivial couplings between the translational and rotational degrees of freedom. The results are consistent with calculations of the hydrodynamic friction tensor in the low-Reynolds-number regime for the experimentally determined particle shapes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number050301
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 22 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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