Decay of metastable state in binary reactive systems

Y. Albeck, M. Gitterman

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The thermodynamic and kinetic conditions for the phase separation of a metastable reactive system are formulated. The lifetime of a metastable state is defined and its dependence on the extent of the quench and on the chemical reaction rates is found. When the chemical reaction is too fast the system will not separate into two phases even if such a separation is allowed by thermodynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-591
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1988


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