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Dispersive shock waves in colloids with temperature dependent compressibility

A Azmi, TR Marchant

Journal of Nonlinear Optical Physics & Materials | Published : 2014


The formation of a dispersive shock wave in a colloidal medium, due to an initial jump in the light intensity, is studied. The compressibility of the colloidal particles is modeled using a series in the particle density, or packing fraction, where the virial coefficients depend on the particle interaction model. Both the theoretical hard disk and sphere repulsive models, and a model with temperature dependent compressibility, are considered. Experimental results for the second virial coefficient show that it is temperature dependent and that the particle interactions can be either repulsive or attractive. These effects are modeled using a power-law relationship. The governing equation is a f..

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