Europhys. Lett.
Volume 47, Number 4, August 1999
Page(s) 474 - 480
Section Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 01 September 2002
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i1999-00412-2

Europhys. Lett, 47 (4), pp. 474-480 (1999)

Morphological phase transitions of thin fluid films on chemically structured substrates

C. Bauer 1, S. Dietrich 1 and A. O. Parry 2

1 Fachbereich Physik, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
D-42097 Wuppertal, Germany
2 Department of Mathematics, Imperial College
180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ, UK

(received 30 March 1999; accepted in final form 28 June 1999)

PACS. 68.10$\rm -m$ - Fluid surfaces and fluid-fluid interfaces.
PACS. 82.65Dp - Thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces.
PACS. 68.45Gd - Wetting.


Using an interface displacement model derived from a microscopic density functional theory we investigate thin liquid-like wetting layers adsorbed on flat substrates with an embedded chemical heterogeneity forming a stripe. For a wide range of effective interface potentials we find first-order phase transitions as well as continuous changes between lateral interfacial configurations bound to and repelled from the stripe area. We determine phase diagrams and discuss the conditions under which these morphological changes arise.


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