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Fundamentals of nucleation and growth
Author(s): Frans Spaepen
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Paper Abstract

The free energy associated with the formation of the crystalmelt interface ("interfacial tension") is an important parameter in the theory of homogeneous nucleation. In the proximity of a crystal plane the liquid is more ordered than in the bulk. Static structural modeling1, as well as molecular dynamics simulations2, show that the liquid atoms are localized to a varying degree in planes parallel to the interface. The loss in entropy associated with the ordering of the liquid is the main factor contributing to the interfacial tension1 . Density functional calculations on hard sphere systems have confirmed this3.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1992
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1663, Optical Data Storage, (13 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137562
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Frans Spaepen, Harvard Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1663:
Optical Data Storage
Donald B. Carlin; David B. Kay; Alfred A. Franken, Editor(s)

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