Diffuse interface model of nucleation

L. Gránásy, T. Pusztai, E. Hartmann

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A diffuse interface theory of nucleation proposed recently for vapor condensation and crystal nucleation is compared with experiments and field-theoretical models of nucleation. Without adjustable parameters the theory gives an improved description of condensation experiments on non-polar and weakly polar substances. Cluster dynamics calculations are performed for homogeneous and heterogeneous crystal nucleation. Experiments on homogeneously nucleating oxide glasses indicate that a temperature-independent interface thickness is a reasonable assumption for even deep undercoolings. This offers a unique possibility for distinguishing homogeneous and bulk heterogeneous nucleation processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-765
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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