Spinodal decomposition: An alternate mechanism of phase conversion
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The scenario of homogeneous nucleation is investigated for a first-order quark-hadron phase transition in a rapidly expanding background of quark gluon plasma. It is found that significant supercooling is possible before hadronization begins. This study also suggests that spinodal decomposition competes with nucleation and may provide an alternative mechanism for phase conversion.
KeywordsPhase transition nucleation hydrodynamics
PACS Nos.12.38.Mh 64.60.Qb
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