Date of Award

Spring 1972

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Mendelson, Kenneth S.

Second Advisor

Greene, J. B.

Third Advisor

Seitz, Martin

Abstract

Spinodal decomposition has been studied both theoretically and experimentally in isotropic materials and in cubic crystals by Cahn. Some experimental work and a partial theoretical study of spinodal decomposion has also been made in tetragonal crystals by Stubican and Schultz. In this thesis I wish to extend this theoretical study by a more complete treatment of the effect of spinodal decomposition in crystals of less than cubic symmetry. Of particular interest are tetragonal crystals.

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