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Capillary Leveling of Freestanding Liquid Nanofilms

Author(s): Ilton, Mark; Couchman, Miles MP; Gerbelot, Cedric; Benzaquen, Michael; Fowler, Paul D; et al

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Abstract: We report on the capillary-driven leveling of a topographical perturbation at the surface of a freestanding liquid nanofilm. The width of a stepped surface profile is found to evolve as the square root of time. The hydrodynamic model is in excellent agreement with the experimental data. In addition to exhibiting an analogy with diffusive processes, this novel system serves as a precise nanoprobe for the rheology of liquids at interfaces in a configuration that avoids substrate effects
Publication Date: Oct-2016
Electronic Publication Date: 11-Oct-2016
Citation: Ilton, Mark, Couchman, Miles MP, Gerbelot, Cedric, Benzaquen, Michael, Fowler, Paul D, Stone, Howard A, Raphaël, Elie, Dalnoki-Veress, Kari, Salez, Thomas. (2016). Capillary Leveling of Freestanding Liquid Nanofilms. Physical Review Letters, 117 (16), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.167801
DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.167801
ISSN: 0031-9007
EISSN: 1079-7114
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Physical Review Letters
Version: Author's manuscript

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