Onsager Reciprocity in Premelting Solids

S. S. L. Peppin, M. J. Spannuth, J. S. Wettlaufer

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The diffusive motion of foreign particles dispersed in a premelting solid is analyzed within the framework of irreversible thermodynamics. We determine the mass diffusion coefficient, thermal diffusion coefficient and Soret coefficient of the particles in the dilute limit, and find good agreement with experimental data. In contrast to liquid suspensions, the unique nature of premelting solids allows us to derive an expression for the Dufour coefficient and independently verify the Onsager reciprocal relation coupling diffusion to the flow of heat. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-708
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 4 2009
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-C1-013-04
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Department of Energy (DE-FG02-05ER15741) and by the U. S. National Science Foundation (OPP0440841). S. S. L. P. acknowledges support from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Award No. KUK-C1-013-04. M. J. S. acknowledges support from a U. S. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. J. S. W. is grateful for support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Royal Institute of Technology and NORDITA all in Stockholm.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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