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Characterization of active matter in dense suspensions with heterodyne laser Doppler velocimetry

2020

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We present a novel approach for characterizing the properties and performance of active matter in dilute suspension as well as in crowded environments. We use Super-Heterodyne Laser-Doppler-Velocimetry (SH-LDV) to study large ensembles of catalytically active Janus particles moving under UV illumination. SH-LDV facilitates a model-free determination of the swimming speed and direction, with excellent ensemble averaging. In addition, we obtain information on the distribution of the catalytic activity. Moreover, SH-LDV operates away from walls and permits a facile correction for multiple scattering contributions. It thus allows for studies of concentrated suspensions of swimmers or of systems where swimmers propel actively in an environment crowded by passive particles. We demonstrate the versatility and the scope of the method with a few selected examples. We anticipate that SH-LDV complements established methods and paves the way for systematic measurements at previously inaccessible boundary conditions.

Author(s): Sachs, J. and Kottapalli, S. N. and Fischer, P. and Botin, D. and Palberg, T.
Journal: Colloid and Polymer Science
Year: 2020
Month: August
Day: 7

Department(s): Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00396-020-04693-6
URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00396-020-04693-6

BibTex

@article{Sachs2020a,
  title = {Characterization of active matter in dense suspensions with heterodyne laser Doppler velocimetry},
  author = {Sachs, J. and Kottapalli, S. N. and Fischer, P. and Botin, D. and Palberg, T.},
  journal = {Colloid and Polymer Science},
  month = aug,
  year = {2020},
  url = {https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00396-020-04693-6},
  month_numeric = {8}
}