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Author Grinfeld, Pavel
Sponsorship (US)
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Publisher The American Physical Society
Language English
Subject Keyword CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ CONFIGURATION ♦ ELECTRIC CHARGES ♦ INSTABILITY ♦ NUCLEATION ♦ NUCLEI ♦ SHAPE ♦ SURFACE TENSION ♦ THERMODYNAMICS
Abstract We analyze the heterogeneous nucleation of liquid metallic phase from vapor on an electrically charged inhomogeneity. It is demonstrated theoretically that, regardless of magnitudes of surface tension of the phase interface and electric charge carried by the inhomogeneity, all spherical nuclei are necessarily unstable at all external pressures for which the system is undersaturated. In other words, small perturbations to the shape of the interface will cause it to move away from the equilibrium configuration. Our treatment of the problem is based on the continuum thermodynamic approach pioneered by Gibbs and Thomson.
ISSN 00319007
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-08-27
Publisher Place United States
Journal Physical Review Letters
Volume Number 87
Issue Number 9


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