Journal article

Density functional theory of charged colloidal systems

DYC Chan

PHYSICAL REVIEW E | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2001

Abstract

The phase behavior of charged colloidal systems has been studied recently by the density functional theory formalism (DFT) [R. van Roij, M. Dijkstra, and J. P. Hansen, Phys. Rev. E 59, 2010 (1999)]. A key feature of this approach is the appearance of a density and temperature-dependent effective Hamiltonian between the charged colloids. Under certain approximations, the effective Hamiltonian is made up only of a sum of position-independent one-body or volume terms and two-body colloid-separation dependent terms. In the limit of low colloidal densities, the DFT results do not reduce to the familiar Debye-Hückel limiting law nor do the results agree with previous work based on an identical app..

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