A cluster theory for a Janus fluid
National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) and Institute of Theoretical Physics, Stellenbosch University, 7600 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Received: 7 October 2011
Received in final form: 18 December 2011
Published online: 28 March 2012
Recent Monte Carlo simulations on the Kern and Frenkel model of a Janus fluid have revealed that in the vapour phase there is the formation of preferred clusters made up of a well-defined number of particles: the micelles and the vesicles. A cluster theory is developed to approximate the exact clustering properties stemming from the simulations. It is shown that the theory is able to reproduce the micellisation phenomenon.
Key words: Solid State and Materials
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