Condensation of a sub-micrometer bubble

Using the model described here, we have studied condensation of a sub-micromiter argon bubble held in a container with the temperature of the container's walls kept fixed. The condensation process is triggered by a sudden rise of the walls' temperature.

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Evolution of the density and the temperature during condensation process. The density and the temperature are in units of critical density and critical temperature correspondingly. The unit of length is approximately 5A, and the unit of time is roughly 3ps.

More details can be found in the preprint.