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Effects of capillary waves on the thickness of wetting layers

Chatterjee, S and Gopal, ESR (1988) Effects of capillary waves on the thickness of wetting layers. In: Journal de Physique (main title), 49 (4). pp. 675-680.

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The free energy contribution of capillary waves is calculated to show its significant dependence on the thickness of the liquid layer, when the thickness is very small. It is shown that these oscillations can play an important role in determining the thermodynamic stability of a wetting layer, close to the critical point of a binary liquid mixture in the case of both short range and long range forces. In particular, the thickness of the wetting layer goes to zero as the temperature T approaches Tc.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal de Physique (main title)
Publisher: Editions Physique
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Editions Physique.
Keywords: Capillary waves,wetting.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 07:49
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2010 07:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/32166

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