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Kinetics of an Order-Disorder Transition in the Presence of Elastic Energies

  • K. R. Elder (a1), B. Morin (a1), M. Grant (a1) and R. C. Desai (a2)


An approximate late time solution to the dynamics of phase separation for a nonconserved ordering order parameter (ø) coupled to a stable conserved field (c) is presented. In the Halperin Hohenberg(1) classification scheme this model is known as Model C with a symmetric coupling between nonconserved and conserved fields. The different time dependences of long (i.e., domain size lengths ∼ power law in time) and short wavelength (i.e., interfacial lengths ∼ exponential decay in time) fluctuations imply a simple relationship between the two fields. In essence ø controls the growth of the long wavelength fluctuations, and c modifies the interfacial profile. Asymptotically the dynamic structure factor (S ø(k,t)≡<Ø(k,t)Ø*(k,t)>) for the nonconserved field is shown to scale in the form S ø(k,t) = t dn f ø(kt n ), with n = 1/2. Similarly the structure factor for the conserved field (S c (k,t)) is shown to obey the scaling law S c (k,t) = t dn−1 f c (kt n ), with n = 1/2. Explicit expressions for the scaling functions f c (z) and fø(z) are presented for arbitrary dimension. These predictions can be tested through scattering experiments.



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Kinetics of an Order-Disorder Transition in the Presence of Elastic Energies

  • K. R. Elder (a1), B. Morin (a1), M. Grant (a1) and R. C. Desai (a2)


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