Simulations of metastable decay in two- and three-dimensional models with microscopic dynamics

M. A. Novotny, P. A. Rikvold, M. Kolesik, D. M. Townsley, R. A. Ramos

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We present a brief analysis of the crossover phase diagram for the decay of a metastable phase in a simple dynamic lattice-gas model of a two-phase system. We illustrate the nucleation-theoretical analysis with dynamic Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of a kinetic Ising lattice gas on square and cubic lattices. We predict several regimes in which the metastable lifetime has different functional forms, and we provide estimates for the crossovers between the different regimes. In the multidroplet regime, the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (KJMA) theory for the time dependence of the order-parameter decay and the two-point density correlation function allows extraction of both the order parameter in the metastable phase and the interfacial velocity from the simulation data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-363
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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