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Evaporation and Instabilities of Microscopic Capillary Bridges

Maeda, Nobuo; Israelachvili, Jacob N; Kohonen, Mika


The formation and disappearance of liquid bridges between two surfaces can occur either through equilibrium or nonequilibrium processes. In the first instance, the bridge molecules are in thermodynamic equilibrium with the surrounding vapor medium. In the second, chemical potential gradients result in material transfer; mechanical instabilities, because of van der Waals force jumps on approach or a Rayleigh instability on rapid separation, may trigger irreversible film coalescence or bridge...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0234283100


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