Measuring colloidal interactions with confocal microscopy.
We use confocal laser scanning microscopy to measure interactions in colloidal suspensions. By inverting the radial distribution function, determined by tracking the particle coordinates, we obtain the effective interaction between the colloidal particles. Although this method can be applied to arbitrary colloidal interactions, here we demonstrate its efficacy with two well-known systems for which accurate theories are available: a colloid-polymer mixture and binary hard spheres. The high sen...Expand abstract
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