Nonlinear dynamics and nucleation kinetics in near-critical liquids

Alexander Z. Patashinski*, Mark A. Ratner, Vladimir Pines

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This paper theoretically models the nonlinear behavior of a near-critical liquid following a rapid change of the temperature and/or other thermodynamic parameters (pressure, external electric or gravitational field). The thermodynamic critical point is manifested by large, strongly correlated fluctuations of the order parameter in the critical range of scales. The theory predicts new scaling laws for the large-time dependence of the temperature and for statistical characteristics of long-range fluctuations. These predictions may be tested by light scattering experiments and by direct visualization techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalNASA Conference Publication
Issue number3338
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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