Grain boundary dynamics in stripe phases of nonpotential systems

Zhi Feng Huang, Jorge Viñals

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We describe numerical solutions of two nonpotential models of pattern formation in nonequilibrium systems to address the motion and decay of grain boundaries separating domains of stripe configurations of different orientations. We first address wave-number selection because of the boundary, and possible decay modes when the periodicity of the stripe phases is different from the selected wave number for a stationary boundary. We discuss several decay modes including long wavelength undulations of the moving boundary, as well as the formation of localized defects and their subsequent motion. We find three different regimes as a function of the distance to the stripe phase threshold and initial wave number, and then correlate these findings with domain morphology during domain coarsening in a large aspect ratio configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number056202
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 7 2007
Externally publishedYes


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