Communication: Is directed percolation in colloid-polymer mixtures linked to dynamic arrest?

David Richard, Cp Royall, Thomas Speck

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Using computer simulations, we study the dynamic arrest in a schematic model of colloid-polymer mixtures combining short-ranged attractions with long-ranged repulsions. The arrested gel is a dilute rigid network of colloidal particles bonded due to the strong attractions. Without repulsions, the gel forms at the spinodal through arrested phase separation. In the ergodic suspension at sufficiently high densities, colloidal clusters form temporary networks that percolate space. Recently [M. Kohl et al., Nat. Commun. 7, 11817 (2016)], it has been proposed that the transition of these networks to directed percolation (DP) coincides with the onset of the dynamic arrest, thus linking structure to dynamics. Here, we evaluate for various screening lengths the underlying gas-liquid binodal and the percolation transitions. We find that DP shifts the continuous percolation line to larger densities, but even beyond this line the suspension remains ergodic. Only when approaching the spinodal does dynamic arrest occur. Competing repulsions thus do not modify the qualitative scenario for non-equilibrium gelation, although the structure of the emerging percolating network shows some differences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number241101
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number24
Early online date22 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018


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