The ordering kinetics in two-dimensional Ising-like spin moels with inhibited interfacial adsorption are studied by computer-simulation calculations. The inhibited interfacial adsorption is modeled by a particular interfacial adsorption condition on the structure of the domain wall between neighboring domains. This condition can be either hard, as modeled by a singularity in the domain-boundary potential, or soft, as modeled by a version of the Blume-Capel model. The results show that the effect of the steric hindrance, be it hard or soft, is only manifested in the amplitude, A, of the algebraic growth law, R(t)∼Atn, whereas the growth exponent, n, remains close to the value n=1/2 predicted by the classical Lifshitz-Allen-Cahn growth law for systems with nonconserved order parameter. At very low temperatures there is, however, an effective crossover to a much slower algebraic growth. The results are related to experimental work on ordering processes in orientational glasses. It is suggested that the experimental observation of very slow ordering kinetics in, e.g., glassy crystals of cyanoadamantane may be a consequence of low-temperature activated processes which ultimately lead to a freezing in of the structure.
Bibliographical noteCopyright (1992) by the American Physical Society.
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