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

  • T. W. B. Kibble
  • G. E. Volovik
Condensed Matter


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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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

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