Animated sequence of snapshots from a molecular dynamics simulation of laser melting
This animation shows a region undergoing ultrafast melting by homogeneous nucleation of liquid regions inside the crystalline material.
Atoms are colored according to the local order parameter - red atoms have local crystalline surroundings, blue atoms belong to the liquid phase.
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