Effects of anisotropic surface tension on first-order-transition singularities
Zia, R. K. P.
Wallace, D. J.
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For systems displaying two-phase coexistence without rotational invariance, anisotropic surface tension and nonspherical droplets are present. To study small fluctuations around such droplets, we construct a natural coordinate system and find the quadratic form. In general, their spectrum differs from the isotropic case and affects the nature of the first-order transition singularities. However, in two bulk dimensions, the spectrum is sufficiently simple that the singularity is universal.