Polycrystalline solidification in a quenched 2 D colloidal system

@inproceedings{Dillmann2008PolycrystallineSI,
  title={Polycrystalline solidification in a quenched 2 D colloidal system},
  author={Patrick Dillmann and Georg Maret and P Keim},
  year={2008}
}
We investigate a two-dimensional colloidal system when quenched from the isotropic fluid phase into the crystalline phase. In thermal equilibrium one finds two continuous phase transitions with a hexatic phase in between the fluid and the crystalline phase. Here, no indications of this anisotropic fluid are observed if the system is driven out of equilibrium. Therefore we investigate whether a nucleation process may describe the scenario. To identify the crystallites a criterion based on the… CONTINUE READING

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