A kinetic theory of homogeneous bubble nucleation

Vincent K. Shen, G. Debenedetti

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A kinetic theory of homogeneous bubble nucleation based on the original ideas of Ruckenstein and co-workers is presented. Such a theory is applied to the superheated Lennard-Jones fluid and presents two important features. The first is the explicit calculation of the rate of escape of molecules from a potential energy well established by the interface between the emerging vapor embryo and the metastable liquid. The second is the formulation of a population balance based on the excess number in the embryo, defined as the difference between the number of molecules in the embryo and number of molecules in a region of the same size occupied by the bulk metastable liquid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-783
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 8 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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