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Time-dependent conformal maps are used to model a class of growth phenomena limited by coupled non-Laplacian transport processes, such as nonlinear diffusion, advection, and electromigration. Both continuous and stochastic dynamics are described by generalizing conformal-mapping techniques for viscous fingering and diffusion-limited aggregation,(More)
We study the spreading of viscous drops on a solid substrate, taking into account the effects of thermal fluctuations in the fluid momentum. A nonlinear stochastic lubrication equation is derived and studied using numerical simulations and scaling analysis. We show that asymptotically spreading drops admit self-similar shapes, whose average radii can(More)
The wrinkled geometry of thin films is known to vary appreciably as the applied stresses exceed their buckling threshold. Here we derive and analyze a minimal, nonperturbative set of equations that captures the continuous evolution of radial wrinkles in the simplest axisymmetric geometry from threshold to the far-from-threshold limit, where the compressive(More)
The method of iterated conformal maps for the study of diffusion limited aggregates (DLA) is generalized to the study of Laplacian growth patterns and related processes. We emphasize the fundamental difference between these processes: DLA is grown serially with constant size particles, while Laplacian patterns are grown by advancing each boundary point in(More)
We study dense colloidal crystals under oscillatory shear using a confocal microscope. At large strains the crystals yield and the suspensions form shear bands. The pure harmonic response exhibited by the suspension rules out the applicability of nonlinear rheology models typically used to describe shear banding in other types of complex fluids. Instead, we(More)
We address the surface-tension-driven dynamics of porous media in nearly saturated pore-space solutions. We linearize this dynamics in the reaction-limited regime near its fixed points--surfaces of constant mean curvature (CMC surfaces). We prove that the only stable interface for this dynamics is the plane and estimate the time scale for a CMC surface to(More)
Diffusion limited aggregation ͑DLA͒ is a model of fractal growth that had attained a paradigmatic status due to its simplicity and its underlying role for a variety of pattern forming processes. We present a convergent calculation of the fractal dimension D of DLA based on a renormalization scheme for the first Laurent coefficient of the conformal map from(More)
We study the relation between stochastic and continuous transport-limited growth models. We derive a nonlinear integro-differential equation for the average shape of stochastic aggregates, whose mean-field approximation is the corresponding continuous equation. Focusing on the advection-diffusion-limited aggregation (ADLA) model, we show that the average(More)
We study the shape and growth rate of necks between sintered spheres with dissolution-precipitation dynamics in the reaction-limited regime. We determine the critical shape that separates those initial neck shapes that can sinter from those that necessarily dissolve, as well as the asymptotic evolving shape of sinters far from the critical shape. We compare(More)
Colloidal silica gels are shown to stiffen with time, as demonstrated by both dynamic light scattering and bulk rheological measurements. Their elastic moduli increase as a power law with time, independent of particle volume fraction; however, static light scattering indicates that there are no large-scale structural changes. We propose that increases in(More)