Maximal dendrite size in monolayer systems

David A. Kessler, Herbert Levine

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We study the nonequilibrium growth of the liquid-condensed phase of monolayers subject to a pressure-induced phase transition. Because of dipolar electrostatic interactions, the Mullins-Sekerka instability is significantly modified at small wave vectors. We argue that this will have a dramatic effect on possible dendritic growth in these systems, leading to a maximum allowed size for the dendrite tip and a crossover in the velocity versus driving curve at small undercooling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3121-3123
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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