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.
J. Li et al., "Genuine Saddle Point and Nucleation Potential for Binary Systems," Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics, vol. 61, no. 5 A, pp. R4710-R4713, American Physical Society (APS), May 2000.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.61.R4710
Keywords and Phrases
Systems (metallurgical); Binary systems; Cluster formations; Kinetic effect; Nucleation flux; Numerical results; Reversible work; Saddle point, Nucleation
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