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Critical Comparison of Droplet Models in Homogeneous Nucleation Theory

McClurg, Richard B. and Flagan, Richard C. (1998) Critical Comparison of Droplet Models in Homogeneous Nucleation Theory. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 201 (2). pp. 194-199. ISSN 0021-9797. doi:10.1006/jcis.1997.5379.

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We review the droplet models commonly used in calculations of the rate of homogeneous nucleation from the vapor. A statistical mechanical framework is used to form a common basis for comparison of the models. The asymptotic models (Capillarity, Tolman, and higher order models) and the semiphenomenological models introduced by A. Dillmann and G. E. A. Meier (1991) (J. Chem. Phys.94, 3872) are shown to be consistent with the statistical mechanical approach. The Lothe/Pound (J. Lothe and G. M. Pound (1962), J. Chem. Phys.36, 2080) formalism overcounts the degrees of freedom for a cluster and is therefore inconsistent. The self-consistency correction is shown to be an arbitrary method for handling a truncation error.

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Additional Information:© 1998 Academic Press. Received September 3, 1997; accepted December 8, 1997.
Subject Keywords:homogeneous nucleation; droplet models
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Official Citation:Richard B. McClurg, Richard C. Flagan, Critical Comparison of Droplet Models in Homogeneous Nucleation Theory, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 201, Issue 2, 15 May 1998, Pages 194-199, ISSN 0021-9797, (
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