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Model Growth: Simulations expose branching nature of polymer crystals

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9:51am, September 8, 2004

The intricate shapes of snowflakes have long fascinated scientists, but water isn't the only fluid that freezes into elaborate crystal structures. Polymers and metal alloys do the same. Now, scientists in the United States and Hungary have uncovered previously unknown facets of the physics underlying such crystal growth.

Using computer models, the researchers simulated a polymer liquid as it solidifies into a crystal. In one scenario, the researchers added increasi

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