Phase diagram of hard spheres Academic Article uri icon


  • We report results from the Space Shuttle experiments Colloidal Disorder-Order Transition (CDOT) 1 and 2. The phase diagram of colloidal hard spheres is measured in microgravity avoiding the effects of sedimentation and convection that arise with normal gravity. For samples in the crystal-liquid coexistence region we observed a dendritic growth. For high concentration samples near random close packing we observed crystallization and no evidence for a glassy phase. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cheng, Z., Chaikin, P. M., Russel, W. B., Meyer, W. V., Zhu, J., Rogers, R. B., & Ottewill, R. H.

citation count

  • 39

publication date

  • October 2001