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, Volume 92, Issue 3, pp 205–245 | Cite as

An analysis of a phase field model of a free boundary

  • Gunduz Caginalp


A mathematical analysis of a new approach to solidification problems is presented. A free boundary arising from a phase transition is assumed to have finite thickness. The physics leads to a system of nonlinear parabolic differential equations. Existence and regularity of solutions are proved. Invariant regions of the solution space lead to physical interpretations of the interface. A rigorous asymptotic analysis leads to the Gibbs-Thompson condition which relates the temperature at the interface to the surface tension and curvature.


Neural Network Phase Transition Surface Tension Complex System Nonlinear Dynamics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunduz Caginalp
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh

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