Role of particle inertia in adsorption at fluid-liquid interfaces

P. Singh, D. D. Joseph, I. S. Fischer, B. Dalal

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It is shown that the inertia of a particle plays an important role in its motion in the direction normal to a fluid-liquid interface, and in determining its adsorption trajectory and orientation in the adsorbed state. Although the importance of inertia diminishes with decreasing particle size, on an air-water interface the inertia continues to be important even when the size is as small as a few nanometers. Furthermore, similar to an underdamped system, an adsorbed particle has characteristic linear and rotational frequencies that can be excited by an external forcing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041606
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 14 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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