Title

Genuine Saddle Point and Nucleation Potential for Binary Systems

Abstract

A generalized nucleation potential is constructed for binary systems. The potential consists of the reversible work of cluster formation plus additional terms arising from various kinetic effects. We show that the major nucleation flux passes through the saddle point (termed the genuine saddle point) of this generalized nucleation potential. The generalized nucleation potential reduces to the kinetic potential of a unary system when one component vanishes. The genuine saddle point concept provides a convenient way to identify systems and conditions for which the ridge crossing phenomenon occurs. Our theory agrees approximately with exact numerical results.

Department(s)

Physics

Keywords and Phrases

Systems (metallurgical); Binary systems; Cluster formations; Kinetic effect; Nucleation flux; Numerical results; Reversible work; Saddle point, Nucleation

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1063651X

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2000 American Physical Society (APS), All rights reserved.

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