Interfacial mixing and transport are nonequilibrium processes coupling kinetic to macroscopic scales. They occur in plasmas, fluids, and materials over celestial events to atoms. Grasping their fundamentals can advance a broad range of disciplines in science, mathematics, and engineering. This work focuses on the long-standing classic problem of stability of a phase boundary - a fluid interface that has a mass flow across it. We briefly review the recent advances and challenges in theoretical and experimental studies, develop the general theoretical framework directly linking the microscopic interfacial transport to the macroscopic flow fields, discover the new mechanisms of interface stabilization and destabilization for both inertial and accelerated dynamics, and chart perspectives for future research.
The work is supported by the University of Western Australia (AUS) via project grant 10101047, and the National Science Foundation (USA) via award 1404449.
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