PT - JOURNAL ARTICLE
AU - Riesch, Christian
AU - Radons, Günter
AU - Magerle, Robert
TI - Scaling properties of ageing orientation fluctuations in stripe phases
DP - 2017 Aug 06
TA - Interface Focus
VI - 7
IP - 4
4099 - http://rsfs.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/7/4/20160146.short
4100 - http://rsfs.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/7/4/20160146.full
SO - Interface Focus2017 Aug 06; 7
AB - We investigate the non-equilibrium dynamics of an ordered stripe-forming system free of topological defects. In particular, we study the ageing and the coarsening of orientation fluctuations parallel and perpendicular to the stripes via computer simulations based on a minimal phase-field model (model B with Coulomb interactions). Under the influence of noise, the stripe orientation field develops fluctuations parallel to the stripes, with the dominant modulation length λ*∥ increasing with time t as λ*∥ ∼ t1/4 and the correlation length perpendicular to the stripes ξ⊥θ increasing as ξ⊥θ ∼ t1/2. We explain these anisotropic coarsening dynamics with an analytic theory based on the linear elastic model for stripe displacements first introduced by Landau and Peierls. We thus obtain the scaling forms and the scaling exponents characterizing the correlation functions and the structure factor of the stripe orientation field. Our results reveal how the coarsening of orientation fluctuations prevents a periodically modulated phase free of topological defects from reaching equilibrium.