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Phase separation and surface tension in vibrated granular matter.

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  • UserProf. Michael Swift, University of Nottingham
  • ClockThursday 06 June 2013, 13:45-15:00
  • HouseTheory Library.

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We describe a novel phase transition in a non-cohesive granular gas subject to vertical vibration between two horizontal plates. We find a high-density, low temperature granular-liquid, coexisting with a low-density, high temperature granular-gas moving coherently. Simulations show that the mechanism responsible for the transition is the existence of a negative-compressibility spinodal region. The dynamics of the phase separation and the existence of an emergent, non-equilibrium surface tension are also discussed

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