Oscillations in the nucleation preexponential

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Abstract

Oscillations in the preexponential of the nucleation rate are due to the discrete nature of small nuclei. An accurate elementary expression to describe such oscillations is derived in the limit of a high nucleation barrier. The result is applied to the standard Becker-Döring equation in two and three dimensions, and to the lowest-energy nucleation path in a cold lattice gas with Glauber and Metropolis dynamics (equivalent to an Ising model on a square lattice) where oscillation effects can be more pronounced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014111
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume105
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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