Domain shapes and patterns: The phenomenology of modulated phases

Michael Seul*, David Andelman

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


A wide variety of two- and three-dimensional physical-chemical systems display domain patterns in equilibrium. The phenomenology of these patterns, and of the shapes of their constituent domains, is reviewed here from a point of view that interprets these patterns as a manifestation of modulated phases. These phases are stabilized by competing interactions and are characterized by periodic spatial variations of the pertinent order parameter, the corresponding modulation period generally displaying a dependence on temperature and other external fields. This simple picture provides a unifying framework to account for striking and substantial similarities revealed in the prevalent "stripe" and "bubble" morphologies as well as in commonly observed, characteristic domain-shape instabilities. Several areas of particular current interest are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-483
Number of pages8
Issue number5197
StatePublished - 1995


Dive into the research topics of 'Domain shapes and patterns: The phenomenology of modulated phases'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this