- Conference date: 23–28 June 2013
- Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Phase transitions such as condensation or crystallization are important and omnipresent phenomena in nature. The mechanism triggering most of them is the formation of a rare embryo or nucleus of the new phase by random fluctuations. This initiating mechanism is known as nucleation and its understanding and control is of utmost interest in a wide range of scientific and technological disciplines. However, despite significant advances and intense investigations for more than a century, nucleation remains one of the few unpredictable classical phenomena, where discrepancies between theory and experiments commonly span orders of magnitude. In this contribution, we will summarize our recent efforts to test rigorously the validity and accuracy of CNT using computer simulations. We will critically review the several assumptions and misconceptions regarding CNT and discuss which of them have been solved and how far theory is from reaching the ultimate goal of providing accurate predictions for one of the most crucial processes in atmospheric and condensed matter science.
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