Quantum Physics Division
Faculty of PhysicsAdam Mickiewicz University

Crystallization of a supercooled liquid and of a glass: Ising model approach

A. Lipowski1 , D. Johnston2

1 Department of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Umultowska 85, 61-614, Poznań, Poland
2 Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS United Kingdom

Physical Review E, 64, 041605 (2001)
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.64.041605


Using Monte Carlo simulations we study crystallization in the three-dimensional Ising model with four-spin interaction. We monitor the morphology of crystals which grow after placing crystallization seeds in a supercooled liquid. Defects in such crystals constitute an intricate and very stable network that separates various domains by tensionless domain walls. We also show that the crystallization which occurs during the continuous heating of the glassy phase takes place at a heating-rate-dependent temperature.


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