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Direct observation of pre-critical nuclei in a metastable hard-sphere fluid

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L553-L558
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume13
Issue number23
StatePublished - 11 Jun 2001

Abstract

We imaged at single-particle resolution the birth, life and death of a sub-critical nucleus containing similar to 10(3) particles in a crystallizing hard-sphere colloidal fluid at volume fraction phi = 0.51. This gives a lower bound to the critical nuclear size for hard-sphere crystallization at this volume fraction.

    Research areas

  • COLLOIDAL SPHERES, SUSPENSIONS, CRYSTALS, CRYSTALLIZATION, TRANSITION, KINETICS

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