The oscillatory motion of a fluid carrying micron-sized particles inside a capillary tube is investigated experimentally. It is found that initially uniformly distributed particles can segregate and accumulate to form regularly spaced micron-sized particle clusters. The wavelength of the micro clusters is compared to data for macro-scale sand-ripple patterns and found to obey the same universal scaling as these. A dimensional analysis is performed that confirms the universality of the experimentally observed scaling. The experimental data for the micro-ripple clusters further suggest the existence of a minimum particle length scale for which patterns can form and below which the Brownian motion associated with the molecules of the matrix fluid inhibits pattern formation.

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