Liquid to solid nucleation via onion structure droplets.


We study homogeneous nucleation from a deeply quenched metastable liquid to a spatially modulated phase. We find, for a general class of density functional theories, that the universally favored nucleating droplet in dimensions d ≥ 3 is spherically symmetric with radial modulations resembling the layers of an onion. The existence of this droplet has… (More)
DOI: 10.1063/1.4827884


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