Condensed Matter Physics, 2011, vol. 14, No. 3, 33801: 112
DOI:10.5488/CMP.14.33801
arXiv:1202.4557
Title:
Twodimensional systems with competing interactions: microphase formation under the effect of a disordered porous matrix
Author(s):

D.F. Schwanzer
(Institut für Theoretische Physik and Center for Computational Materials Science (CMS), Technische Universität Wien, Wiedner Hauptstraße 810, A1040 Wien, Austria)
,


G. Kahl
(Institut für Theoretische Physik and Center for Computational Materials Science (CMS), Technische Universität Wien, Wiedner Hauptstraße 810, A1040 Wien, Austria)

We have investigated the effect of a disordered porous matrix on the cluster microphase formation of a two dimensional system where particles interact via competing interactions. To this end we have performed extensive Monte Carlo simulations and have systematically varied the densities of the fluid and of the matrix as well as the interaction between the matrix particles and between the matrix and fluid particles. Our results provide evidence that the matrix does have a distinct effect on the microphase formation of the fluid particles: as long as the particles interact both among themselves as well as with the fluid particles via a simple hard sphere potential, they essentially reduce the available space, in which the fluid particles form a cluster microphase. On the other hand, if we turn on a longrange tail in the matrixmatrix and in the matrixfluid interactions, the matrix particles become nucleation centers for the clusters formed by the fluid particles.
Key words:
soft matter, porous media, microphase formation, static structure, dynamic properties
PACS:
82.70.Dd, 46.65.+g, 47.54.Bd, 61.20.Ja
