Controlling Domain PatternsFar from Equilibrium

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A high degree of control over the structure and dynamics of domain patterns in nonequilibrium systems can be achieved by applying nonuniform external fields near parity breaking front bifurcations. An external field with a linear spatial profile stabilizes a propagating front at a fixed position or induces oscillations with a frequency that scales like the square root of the field gradient. Nonmonotonic profiles produce a variety of patterns with controllable wavelengths, domain sizes, and frequencies and phases of oscillations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-430
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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