J. Phys. II France
Volume 4, Numéro 1, January 1994
Page(s) 163 - 168
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1994121
J. Phys. II France 4 (1994) 163-168

Negative Kerr effect in water/BHDC/benzene microemulsions: another explanation

G.J.M. Koper1, C. Román Vas1 and E. Van der Linden2

1  Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Leiden University, Gorlaeus Laboratories, P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
2  Unilever Research Laboratory, O. van Noortlaan 120, 3133 AT Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

(Received 10 August 1993, accepted 15 October 1993)

Recently Cazabat has explained the negative Kerr effect in water/Benzyl-Hexadecyl-Dimethyl ammonium Chloride (BHDC)/benzene microemulsions in terms of a model proposed by Mayer. In this paper we present an alternative interpretation that has already been proven succesful in explaining the Kerr effect of water/AOT/alkane microemulsions. Furthermore we report on experiments that we have performed on the benzene system to demonstrate the validity of our interpretation.

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