Freezing of Colloidal Crystals

S. Alexander, P. M. Chaikin, Daniel Hone, P. A. Pincus, D. W. Schaefer

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    We reformulate the Kirkwood-Ramakrishnan-Yussouff theory of freezing into the standard mean field structure of phase transition theory. This approach is then applied to the order-disorder transition in colloidal crystals, where one is dealing with purely repulsive electrostatic interactions. The results are shown to be: 1) roughly consistent with the form of the Lindemann criterion; 2) consistent with the Alexander-McTague condition for freezing into a bcc structure; 3) in close quantitative agreement with recent molecular dynamics calculations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)207-226
    Number of pages20
    JournalPhysics and Chemistry of Liquids
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1 1988



    • mean field theory
    • Screened Coulomb interaction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Materials Chemistry

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    Alexander, S., Chaikin, P. M., Hone, D., Pincus, P. A., & Schaefer, D. W. (1988). Freezing of Colloidal Crystals. Physics and Chemistry of Liquids, 18(3), 207-226.