TY - JOUR
T1 - Scaling properties of ageing orientation fluctuations in stripe phases
JF - Interface Focus
JO - Interface Focus
M3 - 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0146
VL - 7
IS - 4
AU - Riesch, Christian
AU - Radons, Günter
AU - Magerle, Robert
Y1 - 2017/08/06
UR - http://rsfs.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/7/4/20160146.abstract
N2 - 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.
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