Monday, July 15, 2013

1307.3425 (Jiarui Yang et al.)

Dynamics of Self-retracting motion of graphite micro-flakes    [PDF]

Jiarui Yang, Yun Cao, Yao Cheng
A sheared microscopic graphite mesa retracts spontaneously to minimize interfacial energy. Using an optical knife-edge technique, we report comparative measurements of the speeds of such self-retracting motion (SRM) in air and low vacuum (about 1 Pa). We found that the retracting speed Vm of SRM is almost the same in the two environments at both room temperature and high temperature (above 150 celsius degree). We also extract the acceleration of the SRM, and found some typical behaviors. In the high speed range (above 5 m/s), the acceleration decreases linearly with the logarithm of the SRM speed. We attribute this phenomenon to the thermally activated sliding process in SRM. In the low speed region (between 0.1 m/s and 1 m/s), the acceleration increases linearly with the logarithm of the SRM speed.
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