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Three Different Sizes Obtained Using Light Scattering Techniques

Authors
  • Sun, Yong
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Dec 08, 2004
Submission Date
Nov 23, 2004
Identifiers
arXiv ID: physics/0411210
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

The average scattered intensity is determined by the optical characteristics of particles in dispersion. The normalized time auto-correlation function of the scattered light intensity $g^{(2)}(\tau) $ includes both the optical and hydrodynamic information of particles. From the different characteristics of particles, the particle sizes can be obtained. In this paper, three sizes: the static radius $R_{s}$, the hydrodynamic radius $R_{h}$ and the apparent hydrodynamic radius $R_{h,app}$ are discussed using dilute water dispersions of homogenous spherical particles poly($N$-isopropylacrylamide) microgels, with a simple assumption that the hydrodynamic radius is in proportion to the static radius, when Rayleigh-Gans-Debye approximation is valid. Our results show that the expected values of the normalized time auto-correlation function of the scattered light intensity are consistent with the experimental data very well and the difference between the static radius and the apparent hydrodynamic radius is large and the difference between the hydrodynamic radius and the apparent hydrodynamic radius is influenced by the particle size distribution.

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