Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics Letters

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 102–107

On phase ordering behind the propagating front of a second-order transition


  • T. W. B. Kibble
    • Blackett LaboratoryImperial College
  • G. E. Volovik
    • Low Temperature LaboratoryHelsinki University of Technology
    • L. D. Landou Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of Sciences
Condensed Matter

DOI: 10.1134/1.567332

Cite this article as:
Kibble, T.W.B. & Volovik, G.E. Jetp Lett. (1997) 65: 102. doi:10.1134/1.567332


In a real system the heating is nonuniform, and a second-order phase transition to a broken-symmetry phase occurs by propagation of a temperature front. Two parameters, the cooling rate τ Q and the transition front velocity ν T determine the nucleation of topological defects. Depending on the relation of these parameters, two regimes are found: in the regime of fast propagation defects are created according to the Zurek scenario for the homogeneous case, while in the slow-propagation regime vortex formation is suppressed.

PACS numbers

11.27.+d 67.40.Vs 67.57.Fg 98.80.Cq

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