Interfacial tension in confined molecularly-thin films

Joan E Curry, John H. Cushman, Martin Schoen, Dennis J. Diestler

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Abstract

The grand-canonical ensemble Monte Carlo method has been used to study the interfacial tension in a rare-gas film confined to a slit pore whose plane- parallel walls comprise rigidly fixed similar rare-gas atoms. In narrow pores, where both walls strongly influence the whole film, the interfacial tension is shown to be a highly complex function of pore width and transverse alignment of the walls. Oscillations in the tension are correlated with the addition of new fluid layers, the most highly structured layers corresponding to maxima in the tension. Separate interlayer and intralayer contributions to the tension are defined and shown to be useful in explaining the physics of the change in the interfacial tension with the addition of new layers to the film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1059-1073
Number of pages15
JournalMolecular Physics
Volume81
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Surface Tension
Surface tension
Noble Gases
interfacial tension
porosity
Thin films
rare gases
thin films
Monte Carlo Method
Physics
slits
Monte Carlo method
interlayers
Monte Carlo methods
alignment
Atoms
oscillations
physics
Fluids
fluids

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Interfacial tension in confined molecularly-thin films. / Curry, Joan E; Cushman, John H.; Schoen, Martin; Diestler, Dennis J.

In: Molecular Physics, Vol. 81, No. 5, 1994, p. 1059-1073.

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Curry, JE, Cushman, JH, Schoen, M & Diestler, DJ 1994, 'Interfacial tension in confined molecularly-thin films', Molecular Physics, vol. 81, no. 5, pp. 1059-1073. https://doi.org/10.1080/00268979400100711
Curry, Joan E ; Cushman, John H. ; Schoen, Martin ; Diestler, Dennis J. / Interfacial tension in confined molecularly-thin films. In: Molecular Physics. 1994 ; Vol. 81, No. 5. pp. 1059-1073.
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