Premelting Dynamics

@inproceedings{Wettlaufer2006PremeltingD,
  title={Premelting Dynamics},
  author={John S Wettlaufer and M. Grae Worster},
  year={2006}
}
When the free surfaces of most solids approach their bulk melting temperatures from below, the molecular structure of the material gives way to a disordered structure with some attributes of both the solid and liquid phases. When the temperature is sufficiently close to that of bulk transition, the surface melts and literally flows as a viscous fluid. This phenomenon, called interfacial premelting, lies at the heart of the microscopic theory of melting of solid matter, and captures the interest… CONTINUE READING

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