The microscopic pathway to crystallization in supercooled liquids

@article{Russo2012TheMP,
  title={The microscopic pathway to crystallization in supercooled liquids},
  author={John Russo and Hajime Tanaka},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
  year={2012},
  volume={2}
}
Despite its fundamental and technological importance, a microscopic understanding of the crystallization process is still elusive. By computer simulations of the hard-sphere model we reveal the mechanism by which thermal fluctuations drive the transition from the supercooled liquid state to the crystal state. In particular we show that fluctuations in bond orientational order trigger the nucleation process, contrary to the common belief that the transition is initiated by density fluctuations… 
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