Spontaneous onion-structure formation from planar lamellar nuclei

Yasutaka Iwashita, Hajime Tanaka

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Abstract

Nucleation and growth are a basic elementary process of ordering. The nucleation process is controlled by a competition between interfacial and bulk energy. Thus an ordered structure of a nucleus at its birth is not necessarily the most stable thermodynamically: Ostwald step rule. In addition to this, we found the topological transformation of nuclei from the most stable bulk structure (planar lamella) to a metastable one (onion) in a lyotropic liquid crystal. This indicates that the fate of nuclei of low-dimensional internal order can also be seriously affected by an additional competition between interfacial and elastic deformation energy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number145703
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume98
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 6 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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