The thermodynamic theory of effects of internal and external electric field in nucleation

Shchekin, Alexander K.; Warshavsky, Vadim B.; Kshevetskiy, Mikhail S.
August 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 534 Issue 1, p299
Academic Journal
The procedure for finding the profile and nucleation characteristics of a dielectric droplet in an arbitrary axisymmetric electric field is illustrated in the case of external uniform electric field and the case of non-uniform internal field of the heterogeneous nucleus with an electric dipole moment. The results of analytical theory (perturbation theory assuming small deformation of the droplet shape in the electric field) for the chemical potential and free energy of droplet formation are shown to be valid even for rather strong fields due to mutual compensation in the surface and electric contributions.


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