"Video Microscopy of Colloidal Suspensions and Colloidal Crystals"
Piotr Habdas and Eric R. Weeks, Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Sci. 7, 196-203 (2002).

Colloidal suspensions are simple model systems for the study of phase transitions. Video microscopy is capable of directly imaging the structure and dynamics of colloidal suspensions in different phases. Recent results related to crystallization, glasses, and 2D systems complement and extend previous theoretical and experimental studies. Morover, new techniques allow the details of interactions between individual colloidal particles to be carefully measured. Understanding these details will be crucial for designing novel colloidal phases and new materials, and for maniupulating colloidal suspensions for industrial uses.