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Chemical Physics Publications

2008

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Colloidal Micromotor In Smectic A Liquid Crystal Driven By Dc Electric Field, Antal Jakli, Bohdan Senyuk, Guangxun Liao, Oleg Lavrentovich Sep 2008

Colloidal Micromotor In Smectic A Liquid Crystal Driven By Dc Electric Field, Antal Jakli, Bohdan Senyuk, Guangxun Liao, Oleg Lavrentovich

Chemical Physics Publications

Converting linear stimulus to rotation has endless examples in virtually all scales of the universe. One of the interesting examples is Quincke rotation, a spinning rotation of a dielectric sphere neutrally buoyant in an isotropic fluid caused by a unidirectional DC electric field. Recently Quincke rotation has been reported in liquid crystalline (LC) phases, and it was noted that spinning triggers a translational motion normal to the electric field and the rotation axis. In this work, we explain the translation of spinning spheres as a result of hydrodynamic interaction with the bounding walls. We also describe a unique orbiting motion ...