Nonequilibrium structure during phase separation

Jess P. Wilcoxon, Dale W. Schaefer, Eric W. Kaler

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To establish the nature of the early-stage structures that occur during phase separation, we studied solutions of a nonionic surfactant micellar solution (C12E6 in D2O). We report the existence of long-lived nonequilibrium structures during shallow quenches along the critical isochore. The power-law scattering profile of these structures is consistent with ramified clusters with a fractal dimension D=1.60.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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