A New Experimental Method for Investigating the Nucleation Kinetics of Solids in Supercooled Liquid Si

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In this paper, we first describe and then demonstrate the soundness of a new experimental method that is designed to deliver a wide range of accurately measured nucleation rates of solids in supercooled liquid Si. The method utilizes thin-film processes, as well as laser-quenching and detection techniques, in order to first induce isothermal transformation and then extract the corresponding solid nucleation rates over a frequency range potentially greater than ten orders of magnitude. The technological and scientific gains that can result from acquiring such information are discussed.

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Jin Song, H., Im, J.S. A New Experimental Method for Investigating the Nucleation Kinetics of Solids in Supercooled Liquid Si. MRS Online Proceedings Library 398, 93–98 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-398-93

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