Title: Long-range critical wetting: Observation of a critical end point
Authors: Rafai, S ×
Bonn, D
Bertrand, E
Meunier, J
Weiss, VC
Indekeu, Joseph #
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: American Physical Society
Series Title: Physical Review Letters vol:92 pages:245701-1-245701-4
Abstract: Alkanes deposited on aqueous substrates exhibit two different types of wetting behavior: alternatively to the usual first-order wetting transition, a sequential-wetting scenario of a long-range critical wetting transition preceded by a first-order thin-thick transition may be observed. Here, we present the first successful experimental attempt to locate the transition point between the standard first-order wetting and the long-range critical wetting: a critical end point, observed in a mixture of pentane and hexane which is deposited on an aqueous solution of glucose. Furthermore, we present the first direct measurement of the contact angle in the intermediate wetting state (frustrated-complete wetting) in the sequential-wetting scenario of hexane on brine and compare to theoretical predictions.
ISSN: 0031-9007
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Solid State Physics and Magnetism Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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