Nucleation and growth of monodisperse droplets in a binary-fluid system

Andrew Cumming, Pierre Wiltzius, Frank S. Bates

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Mixtures of polyisoprene and poly(ethylene-propylene) have been studied using time-resolved elastic light scattering. For off-critical quenches just into the two-phase coexistence region, highly monodisperse spheres are observed, whose radii grow with a power law R(t)=R0t1/2. The monodispersity and growth law are explained as a heterogeneous nucleation process with a simple model equation for the growth of isolated spheres, and allow the study of the kinetics of domain growth for metastable thermodynamic processes in unprecedented detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-866
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1990


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