Electrostatically Driven Granular Media: Phase Transitions and Coarsening

I. S. Aranson, D. Blair, V. A. Kalatsky, G. W. Crabtree, W. K. Kwok, V. M. Vinokur, U. Welp

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We report the experimental and theoretical study of electrostatically driven granular material. We show that the charged granular medium undergoes a hysteretic phase transition from the immobile condensed state (granular solid) to a fluidized dilated state (granular gas) with a changing applied electric field. In addition we observe a spontaneous precipitation of dense clusters from the gas phase and subsequent coarsening - coagulation of these clusters. Molecular dynamics simulations show qualitative agreement with experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3306-3309
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 10 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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