Experimental study of out of equilibrium fluctuations in a colloidal suspension of Laponite using optical traps

Abstract : This work is devoted to the study of displacement fluctuations of micron-sized particles in an aging colloidal glass. We address the issue of the validity of the fluctuation dissipation theorem (FDT) and the time evolution of viscoelastic properties during aging of aqueous suspensions of a clay (Laponite RG) in a colloidal glass phase. Given the conflicting results reported in the literature for different experimental techniques, our goal is to check and reconcile them using \emph{simultaneously} passive and active microrheology techniques. For this purpose we measure the thermal fluctuations of micro-sized brownian particles immersed in the colloidal glass and trapped by optical tweezers. We find that both microrheology techniques lead to compatible results even at low frequencies and no violation of FDT is observed. Several interesting features concerning the statistical properties and the long time correlations of the particles are observed during the transition.
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Pierre Jop, Juan Ruben Gomez-Solano, Artyom Petrosyan, Sergio Ciliberto. Experimental study of out of equilibrium fluctuations in a colloidal suspension of Laponite using optical traps. JSTAT, 2009, P04012, pp.10. ⟨ensl-00344937⟩

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