Spinodal fractals

  • M. Carpineti
  • M. Giglio
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Colloid & Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 93)


We report for the first time the observation of a finite wave vector peak in the scattering pattern from a dense solution of aggregating colloids. Measurements have been conducted under isopycnic conditions and at various monomer concentrations. The scattered intensity S (q) scales according to a universal law, S(q/q m ), in close analogy with spinodal decomposition dynamics (q m is the position of the scattered peak). Although for spinodal decomposition, d is equal to 3, here, we measured d=d f , the fractal dimension of the colloidal clusters. We also observed that S(q) attains a terminal shape. The position of the peak in this terminal phase scales linearly with the initial monomer concentration, as predicted by a simple model.

Key words

Colloids aggregation spinodal decomposition static light scattering fractals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Carpineti
    • 1
  • M. Giglio
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli studi di MilanoMilanoItalia

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