Volume 37, Number 3, January III 1997
|Page(s)||207 - 212|
|Section||Condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties|
|Published online||01 September 2002|
Two parameters for three-dimensional wetting transitions
Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, 180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ, UK
Accepted: 10 December 1996
Critical effects at complete and critical wetting in three dimensions are studied using a coupled effective Hamiltonian . The model is constructed via a novel variational principle which ensures that the choice of collective coordinate near the wall is optimal. We highlight the importance of a new wetting parameter which has a strong influence on critical properties and allows the status of long-standing Monte Carlo simulation controversies to be re-examined.
PACS: 68.10.-m – Fluid surfaces and fluid-fluid interfaces / 64.60.Fr – Equilibrium properties near critical points, critical exponents / 82.65.-i – Surface and interface chemistry
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