Field induced phase segregation in ferrofluids

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We study the phase segregation in magnetite ferrofluids under the influence of an external magnetic field. A phase with lower nanoparticle density and corresponding higher optical transmission is formed in the bottom of a glass cell in the presence of only a very modest magnetic field gradient (smaller than 25 T/m). The flux density in our magnetic configuration is simulated using finite element methods. Upon switching off the external magnetic field, the low-density phase develops into a ‘bubble’-like feature. The kinetics of this ‘bubble’ in the absence and presence of a magnetic field are described and analyzed in terms of a simple model, which takes into account buoyancy and drag forces
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)261-265
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of colloid and interface science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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