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Hidden role of metastable phases on surface tension and in the selection of solid polymorphs from melt

  title={Hidden role of metastable phases on surface tension and in the selection of solid polymorphs from melt},
  author={Puja Banerjee and Biman Bagchi},
  journal={arXiv: Statistical Mechanics},
  • P. Banerjee, B. Bagchi
  • Published 2 September 2018
  • Materials Science, Physics
  • arXiv: Statistical Mechanics
The preferential formation of one solid over the other, as it precipitates out from the melt at specific temperatures, is often explained by invoking a competition between thermodynamic and kinetic control. A quantitative theory, however, could not be developed because of the lack of accurate values of relevant surface tension terms. Motivated by the observations that wetting of the interface between two stable phases by multiple metastable phases of intermediate order can reduce the surface… Expand

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