Journal of Chemical Physics
Nucleation occurring in the presence of a dense solvent is accompanied by spatial correlations among the reactant clusters and monomers which affect the aggregation rates. The classical theory of nucleation, which does not take such correlations into account, overestimates the observed nucleation rate and underestimates the time lag in condensed systems. An explicit expression for the time lag in diffusion‐controlled nucleation is derived. Values associated with miscibility gap experiments differ from the classical predictions by factors of 5 to 10.
Time lag in diffusion-controlled nucleation, David Peak, J. Chem. Phys. 68, 821 (1978) ; doi:10.1063/1.435814 (5 pages)