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
  • G. E. Volovik
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 τQ and the transition front velocity νT 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.

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© MAIK "Nauka/Interperiodica" 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. W. B. Kibble
    • 1
  • G. E. Volovik
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Blackett LaboratoryImperial CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Low Temperature LaboratoryHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland
  3. 3.L. D. Landou Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia