RT Journal Article
SR Electronic
T1 Scaling properties of ageing orientation fluctuations in stripe phases
JF Interface Focus
JO Interface Focus
FD The Royal Society
DO 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0146
VO 7
IS 4
A1 Riesch, Christian
A1 Radons, Günter
A1 Magerle, Robert
YR 2017
UL http://rsfs.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/7/4/20160146.abstract
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.