Nucleation in the presence of long-range interactions

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We present a theory for nucleation at a first-order phase transition where the mediating forces are long range. We find that the long-range force induces cooperative nucleation and growth processes, and that this feedback mechanism produces a well-defined delay time with a sharp onset in the transformation to the stable phase. Closed-form expressions for the characteristic onset time and width of the transition are developed, in good agreement with numerical and existing experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3672-3681
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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