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Plateau-Rayleigh Instability


3D lattice kinetic Monte Carlo simulation







  • longtitudinal view of a cylinder transforming into a chain of droplets

  • conserved-order-parameter Ising model with nearest neighbor (NN) interaction JNN

  • f.c.c. lattice (12NNs; JNN / kTcrit. = 0.40837)

  • here: JNN / kT = 2.0

  • color key: coordination number from red (monomers) to purple (12NNs)

  • simulation cell size = (1024x128x128) a3 = 8'388'608 lattice sites

  • number of atoms = 156'160

  • time is measured in Monte Carlo steps (MCS)

  • initial cylinder radius = 10 a

  • periodic boundary conditions

  • f.c.c. metals: Cu (a=0.1801nm), Au (a=0.2039nm), Ag (a=0.2043nm)

  • further information on J. A. F. Plateau and Lord Rayleigh at Wikipedia.



  • Copyright: Lars Röntzsch, Dresden, GERMANY.