Screened Hydrodynamic Interaction in a Narrow Channel

Bianxiao Cui, Haim Diamant, Binhua Lin

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We study experimentally and theoretically the hydrodynamic coupling between Brownian colloidal particles diffusing along a linear channel. The quasi-one-dimensional confinement, unlike other constrained geometries, leads to a sharply screened interaction. Consequently, particles move in concert only when their mutual distance is smaller than the channel width, and two-body interactions remain dominant up to high particle densities. The coupling in a cylindrical channel is predicted to reverse sign at a certain distance, yet this unusual effect is too small to be currently detectable.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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