Fractal growth in impurity-controlled solidification in lipid monolayers

Hans C. Fogedby, Erik Schwartz Sørensen, Ole G. Mouritsen

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Abstract

A simple two-dimensional microscopic model is proposed to describe solidifcation processes in systems with impurities which are miscible only in the fluid phase. Computer simulation of the model shows that the resulting solids are fractal over a wide range of impurity concentrations and impurity diffusional constants. A fractal-forming mechanism is suggested for impurity-controlled solidification which is consistent with recent experimental observations of fractal growth of solid phospholipid domains in monolayers. The Journal of Chemical Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume87
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)6706-6709
ISSN0021-9606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987

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