1 Fachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
2 Zukunftskolleg, Universität Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
3 Institut für Materialphysik im Weltraum, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), 51170 Köln, Germany
Received: 6 September 2013
Revised: 17 September 2013
Published online: 25 November 2013
Within a microscopic formalism for the nonequilibrium response of colloidal suspensions driven by an external force, we study the active micro-rheology of a glass-forming colloidal suspensions. In this technique, a probe particle is subject to an external force, and its nonequilibrium dynamics is monitored. Strong external forcing delocalizes the particle from its nearest-neighbor cage, resulting in a pronounced force-thinning behavior of the single-particle friction. We discuss the dynamics in the vicinity of this delocalization transition, and how long-range transport is induced for a particle that is localized in the quiescent case.
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