Phase diagram of hard spheres

Z. Cheng, P. M. Chaikin, W. B. Russel, W. V. Meyer, R. B. Rogers, R. H. Ottewill

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    We report results from the Space Shuttle experiments Colloidal Disorder-Order Transition (CDOT) 1 and 2. The phase diagram of colloidal hard spheres is measured in microgravity avoiding the effects of sedimentation and convection that arise with normal gravity. For samples in the crystal-liquid coexistence region we observed a dendritic growth. For high concentration samples near random close packing we observed crystallization and no evidence for a glassy phase.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)529-534
    Number of pages6
    JournalMaterials and Design
    Issue number7
    StatePublished - Oct 2001


    • Colloids
    • Crystallization
    • Dendrites
    • Glass transition
    • Gravity
    • Hard sphere
    • Microgravity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Materials Science
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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