Hydrodynamic interactions induce anomalous diffusion under partial confinement

J. Bleibel, Álvaro D. Domínguez, F.S. Günther, J.D.R. Harting, M. Oettel

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    Under partial confinement, the motion of colloidal particles is restricted to a plane or a line but their dynamics is influenced by hydrodynamic interactions mediated by the unconfined, three-dimensional flow of the embedding fluid. We demonstrate that this dimensionality mismatch induces a characteristic divergence in the collective diffusion coefficient of the colloidal subsystem. This result, independent of the specific interparticle forces in the colloid, is solely due to the kinematical constraint on the colloidal particles, and it is different from the known divergence of transport coefficients in purely one or two-dimensional fluids. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2945-2948
    JournalSoft Matter
    Issue number17
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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