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Exploration of phase field parameter space

Here's a new project we are working on. It is based on a simulation of solidification in supercooled liquids. As the liquid turns to solid, it forms a dendritic structure (this is how snowflakes form). We've taken this physical system and modified it to create a non-physical one where both the solid and liquid phase to grow into each other, giving a more symmetric boundary condition where the phases interlock.


The video shows a few of the 10,000 images we generated to explore the system's parameter space. Warning: This video is extremely repetitive. If you are impatient, skip around to see more pattern diversity.

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Uploaded on February 17, 2011