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J Chem Phys. 2013 Apr 28;138(16):161104. doi: 10.1063/1.4803097.

Communication: Virial coefficients and demixing in highly asymmetric binary additive hard-sphere mixtures.

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  • 1Instituto de Energías Renovables, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Temixco, Morelos 62580, Mexico. malopez@unam.mx

Abstract

The problem of demixing in a binary fluid mixture of highly asymmetric additive hard spheres is revisited. A comparison is presented between the results derived previously using truncated virial expansions for three finite size ratios with those that one obtains with the same approach in the extreme case in which one of the components consists of point particles. Since this latter system is known not to exhibit fluid-fluid segregation, the similarity observed for the behavior of the critical constants arising in the truncated series in all instances, while not being conclusive, may cast serious doubts as to the actual existence of a demixing fluid-fluid transition in disparate-sized binary additive hard-sphere mixtures.

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