Liquid-vapor critical point of physisorbed films

James R. Klein, M. H.W. Chan, Milton W. Cole

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A tutorial overview is presented concerning the problem of the liquid-vapor critical point of physically adsorbed films. Emphasis is placed on the behavior of atoms and spherical molecules adsorbed on graphite. The critical temperatures are interpreted in terms of a theory based on "realistic" interactions. These deviate from Lennard-Jones form and include the substrate-mediated contribution. The role of the periodic potential in suppressing a critical point is discussed briefly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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