Growth from a hypercooled melt near absolute stability

A. Umantsev*, S. H. Davis

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We study the stability of a solid-liquid interface in a hypercooled melt, taking into account attachment kinetics, surface energy, and surface energy in the heat balance. There is a basic-state solution with the planar interface moving at constant speed. Linear-stability theory gives a long-wave absolute-stability limit. Near this point we introduce a string model in which we use a thermal-boundary-layer approximation and obtain an evolution equation for the interface. In a limiting case this interface equation reduces to a Kuromoto-Sivashinsky equation. Comparison with experimental and numerical results are discussed and a conceptual picture of unconstrained growth for all undercoolings is addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7195-7201
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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