Binary Fluid Demixing: The Crossover Region


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Abstract

By performing lattice Boltzmann simulations of a binary mixture, we scrutinize the dynamical scaling hypothesis for the spinodal decomposition of binary mixtures for the crossover region, i.e., the region of parameters in the growth curve where neither inertia nor viscous forces dominate the coarsening process. Our results give no evidence for a breakdown of scaling in this region, as might arise if the process were limited by molecular scale physics at the point of fluid pinch-off between domains. A careful data analysis allows us to refine previous estimates on the width of the crossover region which is somewhat narrower than previously reported.

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