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Wetting transitions in polydisperse fluids.

Authors
  • Buzzacchi, Matteo
  • Wilding, Nigel B
  • Sollich, Peter
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical review letters
Publication Date
Sep 29, 2006
Volume
97
Issue
13
Pages
136104–136104
Identifiers
PMID: 17026051
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The properties of the coexisting bulk gas and liquid phases of a polydisperse fluid depend not only on the prevailing temperature but also on the overall parent density. As a result, a polydisperse fluid near a wall will exhibit density-driven wetting transitions inside the coexistence region. We propose a likely topology for the wetting phase diagram, which we test using Monte Carlo simulations of a model polydisperse fluid at an attractive wall, tracing the wetting line inside the cloud curve and identifying the relationship to prewetting.

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