How are mobility and friction related in viscoelastic fluids?
2023, Caspers, Juliana, Ditz, Nikolas, Kumar, Karthika Krishna, Ginot, Félix, Bechinger, Clemens, Fuchs, Matthias, Krüger, Matthias
The motion of a colloidal probe in a viscoelastic fluid is described by friction or mobility, depending on whether the probe is moving with a velocity or feeling a force. While the Einstein relation describes an inverse relationship valid for Newtonian solvents, both concepts are generalized to time-dependent memory kernels in viscoelastic fluids. We theoretically and experimentally investigate their relation by considering two observables: the recoil after releasing a probe that was moved through the fluid and the equilibrium mean squared displacement (MSD). Applying concepts of linear response theory, we generalize Einstein's relation and thereby relate recoil and MSD, which both provide access to the mobility kernel. With increasing concentration, however, MSD and recoil show distinct behaviors, rooted in different behaviors of the two kernels. Using two theoretical models, a linear two-bath particle model and hard spheres treated by mode-coupling theory, we find a Volterra relation between the two kernels, explaining differing timescales in friction and mobility kernels under variation of concentration.
Critical Casimir interactions of colloids in micellar critical solutions
2021-03-18, Helden, Laurent, Knippenberg, Timo, Tian, Li, Archambault, Aubin, Ginot, Félix, Bechinger, Clemens
We study the temperature-dependence of critical Casimir interactions in a critical micellar solution of the nonionic surfactant C12E5 dissolved in water. Experimentally, this is achieved with total internal reflection microscopy (TIRM) which measures the interaction between a single particle and a flat wall. For comparison, we also studied the pair interactions of a two dimensional layer of colloidal particles in the identical micellar system which yields good agreement with the TIRM results. Although, at the surfactant concentration considered here, the fluid forms a dynamical network of wormlike micelles whose structure is considerably more complex than that of simple critical molecular fluids, the temperature-dependence of the measured interactions is - for surface-to-surface distances above 160 nm - in excellent quantitative agreement with theory. Below 160 nm, deviations arise which we attribute to the adsorption of micelles to the interacting surfaces.
Memory-induced alignment of colloidal dumbbells
2023, Krishna Kumar, Karthika, Caspers, Juliana, Ginot, Félix, Krüger, Matthias, Bechinger, Clemens
When a colloidal probe is forced through a viscoelastic fluid which is characterized by a long stress-relaxation time, the fluid is excited out of equilibrium. This is leading to a number of interesting effects including a non-trivial recoil of the probe when the driving force is removed. Here, we experimentally and theoretically investigate the transient recoil dynamics of non-spherical particles, i.e., colloidal dumbbells. In addition to a translational recoil of the dumbbells, we also find a pronounced angular reorientation which results from the relaxation of the surrounding fluid. Our findings are in good agreement with a Langevin description based on the symmetries of a director (dumbbell) as well as a microscopic bath-rod model. Remarkably, we find an instability with amplified fluctuations when the dumbbell is oriented perpendicular to the direction of driving. Our results demonstrate the complex behavior of non-spherical objects within a relaxing environment which are of immediate interest for the motion of externally but also self-driven asymmetric objects in viscoelastic fluids.
Two step micro-rheological behavior in a viscoelastic fluid
2021-02-22T15:52:47Z, Jain, Rohit, Ginot, Félix, Berner, Johannes, Bechinger, Clemens, Krüger, Matthias
We perform micro-rheological experiments with a colloidal bead driven through a viscoelastic worm-like micellar fluid and observe two distinctive shear thinning regimes, each of them displaying a Newtonian-like plateau. The shear thinning behavior at larger velocities is in qualitative agreement with macroscopic rheological experiments. The second process, observed at Weissenberg numbers as small as a few percent, appears to have no analog in macro rheological findings. A simple model introduced earlier captures the observed behavior, and implies that the two shear thinning processes correspond to two different length scales in the fluid. This model also reproduces oscillations which have been observed in this system previously. While the system under macro-shear seems to be near equilibrium for shear rates in the regime of the intermediate Newtonian-like plateau, the one under micro-shear is thus still far from it. The analysis suggests the existence of a length scale of a few micrometres, the nature of which remains elusive.
Recoil experiments determine the eigenmodes of viscoelastic fluids
2022, Ginot, Félix, Caspers, Juliana, Reinalter, Luis-Frieder, Krishna Kumar, Karthika, Krüger, Matthias, Bechinger, Clemens
We experimentally investigate the transient recoil dynamics of a colloidal probe particle in a viscoelastic fluid after the driving force acting on the probe is suddenly removed. The corresponding recoil displays two distinct timescales which are in excellent agreement with a microscopic model which considers the probe particle to be coupled to two bath particles via harmonic springs. Notably, this model exhibits two sets of eigenmodes which correspond to reciprocal and non-reciprocal force conditions and which can be experimentally confirmed in our experiments. We expect our findings to be relevant under conditions where particles are exposed to non-steady shear forces as this is encountered e.g. in microfluidic sorting devices or the intermittent motion of motile bacteria within their natural viscoelastic surrounding.