Heterophasic oscillations in nanoscale systems

Alexander Patashinski*, Mark Ratner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Both the energy differences between metastable and stable phases and the energy barriers separating these phases decrease with decreasing particle number. Then, for small enough systems, random heterophasic fluctuations of the entire system become an observable form of thermal motion. We discuss mechanisms and observation conditions for these random transitions between phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041106
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 3 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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