We present a detailed experimental study of the aggregation of particles of permanent magnetic moment in an external magnetic field. The experiments are performed with millimeter-sized particles floating on the surface of water. Due to the large size of the particles, thermal noise does not have any relevance in the system; the particles undergo deterministic motion. Experiments are carried out varying the concentration which also controls the relative importance of the dipole-external field and the dipole-dipole interactions. We determined the exponents characterizing the aggregation process and found that the attraction driven aggregation of dipolar particles obeys the Vicsek-Family dynamic scaling. The exponents are found to have a concentration dependence which can be attributed to the change of mobility of clusters and their interaction at higher concentrations.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 16 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics