A Study of Dynamics of Microemulsion Droplets by Neutron Spin Echo Spectroscopy

  • J. S. Huang
  • S. T. Milner
  • B. Farago
  • D. Richter
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 21)


We have employed neutron spin-echo techniques to study the dynamics of the shape fluctuations of microemulsion droplets. It is found that the scattering spectrum of a droplet system with a labelled layer of surfactants exhibits a sharp peak in the relaxation frequency spectrum. We have determined that the fluctuations are driven mainly by the elastic modes of the surface, and the height of the peak allows us to estimate the surface elastic bending coefficient to be of the order of 5 kT.


Neutron Spin Surfactant Layer Scatter Length Density Droplet Phase Microemulsion Droplet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Huang
    • 1
  • S. T. Milner
    • 1
  • B. Farago
    • 2
  • D. Richter
    • 2
  1. 1.Exxon Research and Engineering Co.AnnandaleUSA
  2. 2.Institut Laue-LangevinGrenobleFrance

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