Observation of instability of faceted crystals in lipid monolayers

Cheng Sun, Mu Wang*, Jan Van Esch, Gerald Wildburg, Willem J P Van Enckevort, Nai Ben Ming, Piet Bennema, Roelands J M Nolte

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The morphological instabilities of two-dimensional hexagonal crystals in lipid monolayers are studied. Fluorescence microscopy indicates that beyond a critical size the faceted crystal develops into dendrites with unusual tip growth behavior, which is not consistent with the current theory of dendritic growth. The morphological transitions in relation to the driving force for two-dimensional crystal growth are also studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Jan 12 1998


  • 2D crystal growth
  • Dendritic
  • Lipid monolayer
  • Pattern formation
  • Surface and interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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