- Aging of rotational diffusion in colloidal gels and glasses
- Physical Review E
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- 86 | 4
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF)
Institute of Physics (IoP)
Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI)
We study the rotational diffusion of aging Laponite suspensions for a wide range of concentrations using depolarized dynamic light scattering. The measured orientational correlation functions undergo an ergodic to nonergodic transition that is characterized by a concentration-dependent ergodicity-breaking time. We find that the relaxation times associated with rotational degree of freedom as a function of waiting time, when scaled with their ergodicity-breaking time, collapse on two distinct master curves. These master curves are similar to those previously found for the translational dynamics; the two different classes of behavior were attributed to colloidal gels and glasses. Therefore, the aging dynamics of rotational degree of freedom provides another signature of the distinct dynamical behavior of colloidal gels and glasses.
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