Theoretical evidence for a dense fluid precursor to crystallization.

@article{Lutsko2006TheoreticalEF,
  title={Theoretical evidence for a dense fluid precursor to crystallization.},
  author={James F. Lutsko and Gr{\'e}goire Nicolis},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={96 4},
  pages={
          046102
        }
}
  • James F. Lutsko, Grégoire Nicolis
  • Published in Physical review letters 2006
  • Medicine, Physics
  • We present classical density functional theory calculations of the free-energy landscape for fluids below their triple point as a function of density and crystallinity. We find that, both for a model globular protein and for a simple atomic fluid modeled with a Lennard-Jones interaction, it is free-energetically easier to crystallize by passing through a metastable dense fluid in accord with the Ostwald rule of stages but in contrast to the alternative of ordering and densifying at once as… CONTINUE READING

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