Title: Energy Fluctuations in Steady-State Binary Nucleation
Authors: LAZARIDIS MihalisDROSSINOS Ioannis
Citation: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General vol. 30 p. 3847-3865
Publication Year: 1997
JRC N°: JRC14422
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC14422
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: An analytical method to obtain the steady-state nucleation flux of binary liquid droplets is developed. The method is based on the solution of a Fokker-Planck equation for the concentration of clusters where both number (size) and cluster-energy fluctuations are included. The Fokker-Planck equation is solved in the vicinity of the saddle point. The kinetic prefactor is found to depend on the product of the three eigenvalues of a matrix that describes fluctuations about the critical cluster. The explicit, analytical expression for the total steady-state nucleation rate is applied to the water-ethanol binary system. The model predicts a nucleation rate that is slightly higher than the classical nucleation rate.
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