Influence of polymer-excluded volume on the phase-behavior of colloid-polymer mixtures.
- We determine the depletion-induced phase-behavior of hard-sphere colloids and interacting polymers by large-scale Monte Carlo simulations using very accurate coarse-graining techniques. A comparison with standard Asakura-Oosawa model theories and simulations shows that including excluded-volume interactions between polymers leads to qualitative differences in the phase diagrams. These effects become increasingly important for larger relative polymer size. Our simulation results agree quantitatively with recent experiments.
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