We investigated the magnitude of the confinement effect's influence on the free diffusion of Iron Oxide Fe2O3 in pure water contained in cells of different volumes and also that of an applied magnetic field. A shadowgraph apparatus consisting of a super luminous diode (SLD) source, a CCD camera, and achromatic lenses was used to record and analyze the changing indices of refraction due to the presence of concentration-driven fluctuations as the solution diffuses. Extracted frames from this recording were processed through a Differential Dynamic Algorithm (DDA) that determined the dynamics of the process, such as the structure function. The results generated by the DDA was further analyzed to determine how the amplitude of concentration fluctuations change over time and how long those fluctuations are present, revealing a dependency of the dynamics on the size of the cell containing the solution.
Simonson, Patrick; Rice, Ashely; Seymore, Gabrielle; and Oprisan, Ana
"The Effect of Confinement on Fe2O3 Nanoparticles in Free Diffusion and with a Horizontal Magnetic Field,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 17:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol17/iss2/5