Freezing of Colloidal Crystals

S. Alexander, P. M. Chaikin, Daniel Hone, P. A. Pincus, D. W. Schaefer

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    We reformulate the Kirkwood-Ramakrishnan-Yussouff theory of freezing into the standard mean field structure of phase transition theory. This approach is then applied to the order-disorder transition in colloidal crystals, where one is dealing with purely repulsive electrostatic interactions. The results are shown to be: 1) roughly consistent with the form of the Lindemann criterion; 2) consistent with the Alexander-McTague condition for freezing into a bcc structure; 3) in close quantitative agreement with recent molecular dynamics calculations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)207-226
    Number of pages20
    JournalPhysics and Chemistry of Liquids
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1 1988


    • Screened Coulomb interaction
    • mean field theory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Materials Chemistry


    Dive into the research topics of 'Freezing of Colloidal Crystals'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this