Structure formation in electromagnetically driven granular media

A. Snezhko, I. S. Aranson, W. K. Kwok

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We report structure formation in submonolayers of magnetic microparticles subjected to periodic electrostatic and magnetic excitations. Depending on the excitation parameters, we observe the formation of a rich variety of structures: clusters, rings, chains, and networks. The dynamics and shapes of the structures are strongly dependent on the amplitude and frequency of the external magnetic field. We find that for pure ac magnetic driving the low-frequency magnetic excitation favors compact clusters, whereas high frequency driving favors chains and netlike structures. An abrupt phase transition from chains to a network phase was observed for a high density of particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108002
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 18 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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