Surface-assisted monodomain formation of an ordered phase of soft matter via the first-order phase transition

Yasutaka Iwashita, Hajime Tanaka

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Abstract

We produced a monodomain ordered structure with the help of a surface-mediated first-order transition, using a sponge-to-lamella transition in a membrane suspension as a model system. The long characteristic length and time scales of the system allow us to observe the process of the phase ordering in a confined geometry with optical microscopy in real time. We demonstrate that a homogeneously ordered domain can be attained if we prevent nucleation in bulk by using its kinetic coupling to nucleation on the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Article number047801
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume95
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 22 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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