J. Phys. I France
Volume 6, Numéro 11, November 1996
Page(s) 1405 - 1410
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1996153
J. Phys. I France 6 (1996) 1405-1410

An Exactly Solvable Lattice Model for Inhomogeneous Interface Growth

Gunter M. Schütz

Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Theoretical Physics, 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP, UK and Laboratoire de Physique du Solide URA 155 CNRS, Université Henri Poincaré, B.P. 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex, France

(Received 6 June 1996, received in final form 25 July 1996, accepted 27 August 1996)

We study the dynamics of an exactly solvable lattice model for inhomogeneous interface growth. The interface grows deterministically with constant velocity except along a defect line where the growth process is random. We obtain exact expressions for the average height and height fluctuations as functions of space and time for an initially flat interface. For a given defect strength there is a critical angle between the defect line and the growth direction above which a cusp in the interface develops. In the mapping to polymers in random media this is an example for the transverse Meissner effect. Fluctuations around the mean shape of the interface are Gaussian.

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