On a short time scale, Brownian particles undergo a transtion from the initial ballistic trajectories to diffusive motion. Hydrodynamic interactions with the surrounding fluid lead to a complex time dependence of this transition. We directly probe this transition for colloidal particles by measuring the autocorrelation function of multiply scattered, transmitted light. We show that a quantitative interpretation is possible because the transport of the light is diffusive, resolving a conflict in previous measurements.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)