Amorphous nucleation precursor in highly nonequilibrium fluids

Gyula I. Tóth, Tamás Pusztai, György Tegze, Gergely Tóth, László Gránásy

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Dynamical density-functional simulations reveal structural aspects of crystal nucleation in undercooled liquids: The first appearing solid is amorphous, which promotes the nucleation of bcc crystals but suppresses the appearance of the fcc and hcp phases. These findings are associated with features of the effective interaction potential deduced from the amorphous structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number175702
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Oct 20 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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