Diffusional mechanism of strong selection in Ostwald ripening Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this paper is to show through a systematic asymptotic analysis that fluctuations, accounted for as a diffusional perturbation in the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner (LSW) model of Ostwald ripening, provides, as conjectured previously by Meerson [Phys. Rev. E 60, 3072 (1999)], a” strong” selection of the limiting solution, out of a one-parameter family of similarity solutions with a finite support, as the sole attractor of time evolution. Throughout the latter, the previously described weak selection of other similarity solutions of that family, by the initial conditions with finite supports, occurs as intermediate time asymptotics. The respective mechanism is traced first for a simple instance of the LSW model with linear characteristic equations (integer power in the particle growth rate law equals− 1), beginning with the analysis of steady states in the perturbed problem in …

publication date

  • January 1, 2000