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Monte Carlo renormalization-group study of spinodal decomposition: Scaling and growth

American Physical Society
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DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.39.11971


The kinetics of domain growth during the late stages of spinodal decomposition is studied by the Monte Carlo renormalization-group technique. A block-spin transformation is applied to the evolving configurations of the two-dimensional kinetic Ising model with conserved order parameter. This acts to renormalize the growing domains, the moving interfaces between them, and the coupled long-range diffusion fields. The growth law for the average size of domains, R(t)_tn, where t is time, is determined self-consistently by a matching condition. The result for the growth exponent, n=0.338±0.008, is consistent with the classical result of Lifshitz and Slyozov for Ostwald ripening, namely, n=(1/3. A scaling form for the structure factor is obtained which is invariant under the renormalization-group transformation, to the accuracy of our study. For large wave numbers k, it is found that the scaled form of the structure factor F is in good agreement with Porod’s law; i.e., F(kR)_1/(kR)d+1, in d=2 dimensions.

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