The structural features and the equilibrium dynamics of micrometer-scale spherical crystals formed by polystyrene particles adsorbed on the surface of a spherical water droplet were analyzed. Rapid dislocation glide with fluctuations over the barriers separating one local Peierls minimum from the next and rather weak binding of dislocations to their associated scars were observed. The long-distance dislocation diffusion glide constant was extracted directly from the experimental data and was found to be moderately faster than single-particle diffusion. The parameters of the Peierls potential induced by the underlying crystalline lattice were determined.
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