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Backtracking of Colloids: A Multiparticle Collision Dynamics Simulation Study

The role of sound in the dynamics of mesoscale systems is typically neglected, since frequently the associated time scales are much smaller than all the other time scales of interest. However, for sufficiently small objects embedded in a solvent with a sufficiently small sound velocity, sound can play a crucial role. In particular, behavior resembling viscoelasticity has been theoretically predicted for nonviscoelastic fluids. This effect is due to the interference of the propagation of sound waves caused by the solute particle’s motion and hydrodynamic vortex formation. We demonstrate this effect, known as backtracking, in computer simulations employing the method of multiparticle collision dynamics. We systematically study the influence of sound on the dynamics of the solute particle, and find that it disappears in the long-time limit. Thus, we confirm that sonic effects at the single-particle level can be neglected at sufficiently long times.


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