Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5611 (Tanmay P. Dhavale et al.)

Thermally Activated Asymmetric Structural Recovery in a Soft Glassy
Nano-Clay Suspension

Tanmay P. Dhavale, Shweta Jatav, Yogesh M Joshi
In this work we study structural recovery of a soft glassy Laponite suspension by monitoring temporal evolution of elastic modulus under isothermal conditions as well as following step temperature jumps. Interestingly, evolution behavior under isothermal conditions indicates the rate, and not the path of structural recovery, to be dependent on temperature. The experiments carried out under temperature jump conditions however trace a different path of structural recovery, which shows strong dependence on temperature and the direction of change. Further investigation of the system suggests that this behavior can be attributed to restricted mobility of counterions associated with Laponite particle at the time of temperature change, which do not allow counterion concentration to reach equilibrium value associated with the changed temperature. Interestingly this effect is observed to be comparable with other glassy molecular and soft materials, which while evolve in a self-similar fashion under isothermal conditions, show asymmetric behavior upon temperature change.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5611

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