We provide a simple interpretation of non-Gaussian nature of the light scattering-intensity fluctuations from an aging colloidal suspension of Laponite using the multiplicative cascade model, Markovian method, and volatility correlations. The cascade model and Markovian method enable us to reproduce most of recent empirical findings: long-range volatility correlations and non-Gaussian statistics of intensity fluctuations. We provide evidence that the intensity increments ¿x (t) =I (t+t) -I (t), upon different delay time scales t, can be described as a Markovian process evolving in t. Thus, the t dependence of the probability density function p (¿x,t) on the delay time scale t can be described by a Fokker-Planck equation. We also demonstrate how drift and diffusion coefficients in the Fokker-Planck equation can be estimated directly from the data. © 2009 The American Physical Society.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|