Confinement effect on interparticle potential in nematic colloids.
We studied the confinement effect on the interaction force in nematic liquid crystal colloids with spherical particles inducing planar anchoring. Using magneto-optical tweezers, we measured the spatial dependence of the quadrupolar structural interparticle force over 4 orders of magnitude. For small separations, the interparticle potential follows the power law, whereas for separations larger than the sample thickness, it decreases exponentially with the decay length proportional to the sampl...Expand abstract
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