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Influence of Random Pinning on the Crystallization Process in Suspensions of Hard Spheres

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We discuss crystal formation in supersaturated suspensions of monodisperse hard spheres with a concentration of hard spheres randomly pinned in space and time. The pinning procedure introduces an external length scale and an external time scale that restrict the accessible number of configureurations and ultimately the number of pathways leading to crystallization. We observe a significant drop in the nucleation rate density at a characteristic pinning concentration that can be directly related to the structure of the critical nucleus and the dynamics of its formation in the unpinned system.

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Dorosz, S. and Schilling, T. (2014) Influence of Random Pinning on the Crystallization Process in Suspensions of Hard Spheres. Journal of Crystallization Process and Technology, 4, 89-98. doi: 10.4236/jcpt.2014.42012.


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