Diffusional mechanism of strong selection in Ostwald ripening

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The purpose of this paper is to show through a systematic asymptotic analysis that fluctuations, accounted for as a diffusional perturbation in the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner (LSW) model of Ostwald ripening, provides, as conjectured previously by Meerson [Phys. Rev. E 60, 3072 (1999)], a ”strong” selection of the limiting solution, out of a one-parameter family of similarity solutions with a finite support, as the sole attractor of time evolution. Throughout the latter, the previously described weak selection of other similarity solutions of that family, by the initial conditions with finite supports, occurs as intermediate time asymptotics. The respective mechanism is traced first for a simple instance of the LSW model with linear characteristic equations (integer power in the particle growth rate law equals [Formula Presented] beginning with the analysis of steady states in the perturbed problem in similarity variables and weak selection in the unperturbed problem, followed by a detailed asymptotic analysis of the time-dependent perturbed problem, and generalized next for an arbitrary integer power in the range [Formula Presented] The approximate asymptotic solutions obtained are compared with the exact numerical ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-717
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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