Kibble-Zurek mechanism in curved elastic surface crystals

  title={Kibble-Zurek mechanism in curved elastic surface crystals},
  author={Norbert Stoop and J{\"o}rn Dunkel},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
  • N. StoopJ. Dunkel
  • Published 10 March 2017
  • Materials Science
  • arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter
Topological defects shape the material and transport properties of physical systems. Examples range from vortex lines in quantum superfluids, defect-mediated buckling of graphene, and grain boundaries in ferromagnets and colloidal crystals, to domain structures formed in the early universe. The Kibble-Zurek (KZ) mechanism describes the topological defect formation in continuous non-equilibrium phase transitions with a constant finite quench rate. Universal KZ scaling laws have been verified… 
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