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7

Phase transitions in colloidal crystal thin films

F. Ramiro-Manzano, E. Bonet, I. Rodríguez and F. Meseguer,     Centro de Tecnologías Físicas, Unidad Asociada ICMM-CSIC/UPV Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Abstract:

This chapter reviews the crystal order of colloidal suspensions as hard spheres when confined in wedge type cells with flat walls. This type of cell allows the study of colloidal crystal growth transitions between one and n monolayers.

Key words

colloidal facets

colloidal crystal

confinement

phase transitions

7.1 Introduction

Identical objects with rounded surfaces tend to pack in an ordered manner independently of their size, being either meter size, as occurs for saw tree trunks or big pipes being transported ...

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