Coefficient of restitution for bouncing nanoparticles

A. I. Ayesh, S. A. Brown, A. Awasthi, S. C. Hendy, P. Y. Convers, K. Nichol

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We demonstrate the measurement of the coefficient of restitution, e, for nanoparticles, through observations of the final distribution of bismuth particles that have bounced within silicon V-grooves. The experiments, taken together with complementary molecular-dynamics simulations, show that e is generally smaller for liquid than for solid nanoparticles, and that macroscopic theories underestimate the velocity dependence of e. Hence, while nanoparticles are harder than bulk materials, once they have begun to yield the rate of increase of the inelastic deformation is greater.

Original languageEnglish
Article number195422
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - May 17 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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