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Nucleation and the Tunneling Phenomenon

Authors
Journal
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
0021-9797
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
205
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1006/jcis.1998.5655
Keywords
  • Homogeneous Nucleation
  • Wkb Approximation
  • Tunneling
  • Surface Tension
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract The rate of nucleation of a stable phase in a homogeneous metastable medium is computed within the context of particle tunneling through a modified cubic potential, bypassing the conventional thermodynamic approach. Comparison with the standard Becker–Doring results hints at good prospects for the present procedure. Some fundamental issues are raised regarding current approaches.

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