Computer simulations of the wetting properties of neon on heterogeneous surfaces

Stefano Curtarolo, George Stan, Milton W. Cole, Mary J. Bojan, William A. Steele

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We use the grand canonical Monte Carlo method to study the nature of wetting transitions on a variety of heterogeneous surfaces. The model system we explore, Ne adsorption on Mg, is one for which a prewetting transition was found in our previous simulations. We find that the first order transition present on the flat surface is absent from the rough surface. Nevertheless, the resulting isotherms are, in some cases, so close to being discontinuous that the distinction would be difficult to discern in most experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4402-4407
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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