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Theory of shape-shifting droplets

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Recent studies of cooled oil emulsion droplets uncovered transformations into a host of flattened shapes with straight edges and sharp corners, driven by a partial phase transition of the bulk liquid phase. Here, we explore theoretically the simplest geometric competition between this phase transition and surface tension in planar polygons and recover the observed sequence of shapes and their statistics in qualitative agreement with experiments. Extending the model to capture some of the thre...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1103/physrevlett.118.088001

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Division:
MPLS
Department:
Mathematical Institute
Sub department:
Mathematical Institute
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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Author
Publisher:
American Physical Society
Journal:
Physical Review Letters More from this journal
Volume:
118
Issue:
8
Article number:
88001
Publication date:
2017-02-21
Acceptance date:
2017-01-19
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EISSN:
1079-7114
ISSN:
0031-9007
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1108762
Local pid:
pubs:1108762
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2020-06-05

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