Model of interfacial melting

Ole G. Mouritsen, Martin J. Zuckermann

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    A two-dimensional model is proposed to describe systems with phase transitions which take place in terms of crystalline as well as internal degrees of freedom. Computer simulation of the model shows that the interplay between the two sets of degrees of freedom permits observation of grain-boundary formation and interfacial melting, a nonequilibrium process by which the system melts at the boundaries of a polycrystalline domain structure. Lipid membranes are candidates for systems with pronounced interfacial melting behavior.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)389-392
    Publication statusPublished - 1987

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    Copyright (1987) by the American Physical Society.


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