Curvature distributions of spinodal interface in a condensed matter system

Hiroshi Jinnai, Yukihiro Nishikawa, Takeji Hashimoto

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The time evolution of a three-dimensional spatially bicontinuous interface of a phase-separated polymer blend, as a model of condensed matter systems, in late stage spinodal decomposition (SD) has been studied by laser scanning confocal microscopy. Probability densities of the mean and the Gaussian curvatures of the interface have been obtained. The probability densities of the curvatures at various times were successfully scaled by a characteristic length, which confirms the validity of the dynamical scaling law. We found that a large portion of the interface formed in late stage SD consists of saddle-shaped surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R2554-R2557
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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