Formation of nanoclusters under radiation pressure in solution: a Brownian dynamics simulation study

Jose, Prasanth P. ; Bagchi, Biman (2002) Formation of nanoclusters under radiation pressure in solution: a Brownian dynamics simulation study Journal of Chemical Physics, 116 (6). pp. 2556-2564. ISSN 0021-9606

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When radiation is scattered by a medium, a part of its momentum is transferred to the target particles. This is purely a mechanical force which comes into effect when radiation is not coherently interacting. This force is known in literature as radiation pressure. Recent experimental studies have demonstrated the feasibility of using radiation pressure of a laser beam as a tool for cluster formation in solution. In this paper we describe the Brownian dynamics simulation of solute molecules under the perturbation induced by laser radiation. Here the force field generated by a laser beam in the fundamental mode is modeled as that of a two-dimensional harmonic oscillator. The radial distribution function of the perturbed system gives indication of high inhomogeneities in the solute distribution. An explicit analysis of the nature of these clusters is carried out by calculating the density-density correlation functions in the plane perpendicular to beam direction g(rxy); and along the direction of beam g(z), they give an average picture of shell structure formation in the different directions. The relaxation time of the first shell structure calculated from the van Hove correlation function is found to be relatively large in the perturbed solution. This is the signature of formation of stable nanoclusters in the presence of the radiation field. Our study on the dynamics of solute molecules during the cluster formation and dissolution gives the duration of collective relaxation, far away from the equilibrium to an equilibrium distribution. This relaxation time is found to be large for a perturbed solution.

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