Kinetics of orbitally shaken particles constrained to two dimensions

Dhananjay Ipparthi, Tijmen Antoon Geert Hageman, Nicolas Cambier, Metin Sitti, M. Dorigo, Leon Abelmann, Massimo Mastrangeli

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    We present an experimental study of the kinetics of orbitally-shaken, sliding macroscopic particles confined to a two-dimensional space bounded by walls. Discounting the forcing action of the external periodic actuation, the particles undergo a qualitative transition from a ballistic to a diffusive motion regime with time. Despite the deterministic input of kinetic energy provided by the shaker, the particles show translational velocities and diffusivity consistent with a confined random walk model. Such experimental system may therefore represent a suitable macroscopic analog to investigate aspects of molecular dynamics and self-assembly
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number042137
    JournalPhysical review E: covering statistical, nonlinear, biological, and soft matter physics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2018


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