Hydrodynamic Bubble Coarsening in Off-Critical Vapor-Liquid Phase Separation

Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 225702 – Published 8 November 2001
Patrick B. Warren


Late-stage coarsening in off-critical vapor-liquid phase separation is reexamined. In the limit of bubbles of vapor distributed throughout a continuous liquid phase, it is argued that coarsening proceeds via inertial hydrodynamic bubble collapse. This replaces the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner mechanism seen in binary liquid mixtures. The arguments are strongly supported by simulations in two dimensions using a novel single-component soft-sphere fluid.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.87.225702

  • Received 1 May 2001
  • Published 8 November 2001

© 2001 The American Physical Society

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Patrick B. Warren

  • Unilever Research Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 3JW, United Kingdom

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