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Diffusing diffusivity: Rotational diffusion in two and three dimensions

Jain, Rohit and Sebastian, KL (2017) Diffusing diffusivity: Rotational diffusion in two and three dimensions. In: The Journal of Chemical Physics, 146 (21). ISSN 0021-9606

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We consider the problem of calculating the probability distribution function (pdf) of angular displacement for rotational diffusion in a crowded, rearranging medium. We use the diffusing diffusivity model and following our previous work on translational diffusion [R. Jain and K. L. Sebastian, J. Phys. Chem. B 120, 3988 (2016)], we show that the problem can be reduced to that of calculating the survival probability of a particle undergoing Brownian motion, in the presence of a sink. We use the approach to calculate the pdf for the rotational motion in two and three dimensions. We also propose new dimensionless, time dependent parameters, αrot,2D and αrot,3D, which can be used to analyze the experimental/simulation data to find the extent of deviation from the normal behavior, i.e., constant diffusivity, and obtain explicit analytical expressions for them, within our model.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: The Journal of Chemical Physics
Publisher: American Institute of Physics Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2022 05:07
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2022 05:07
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/73015

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