Diffusion-limited growth of wetting layers

Reinhard Lipowsky, David A. Huse

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In binary liquid mixtures, the growth of wetting layers can be limited by diffusion. At complete wetting, the distance l between the interfaces bounding the layer is shown to grow as l(t)A*t for large times t where A* increases near the consolute point. In three dimensions where this growth behavior should be accessible to experiments, =18 and 110 for nonretarded and retarded van der Waals forces, respectively. The interfacial motion resulting from diffusion-limited growth is studied for general interactions, and a planar interface is found to be stable for <12.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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