Surface-induced nucleation

Gregory Brown*, Amitabha Chakrabarti, J. F. Marko

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When a two-component mixture with an off-critical composition is quenched into the metastable region of its phase diagram, the nucleation barriers may be reduced or eliminated near a substrate that wets the majority phase. The appearance of nuclei and the subsequent domain growth of the nonwetting minority phase can thus occur near such a surface, long before the nucleation and the growth can occur in the bulk. We characterize this surface-induced nucleation process by a numerical study of a model system, and address the issue of experimentally observing it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1674-1677
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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