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Homogeneous nucleation of a non-critical phase near a continuous phase transition

Sear, RP (2001) Homogeneous nucleation of a non-critical phase near a continuous phase transition Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 63 (6). ? - ?. ISSN 1539-3755

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Homogeneous nucleation of a new phase near a second, continuous, transition, is considered. The continuous transition is in the metastable region associated with the first-order phase transition, one of whose coexisting phases is nucleating. Mean-field calculations show that as the continuous transition is approached, the size of the nucleus varies as the response function of the order parameter of the continuous transition. This response function diverges at the continuous transition, as does the temperature derivative of the free energy barrier to nucleation. This rapid drop of the barrier as the continuous transition is approached means that the continuous transition acts to reduce the barrier to nucleation at the first-order transition. This may be useful in the crystallisation of globular proteins.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
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Date : 20 January 2001
Identification Number : 10.1103/PhysRevE.63.066105
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Additional Information : Copyright 2001 The American Physical Society.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2012 10:28
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:34

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