Nonwetting of Cesium by Neon near its critical point

G. B. Hess, M. J. Sabatini, M. H.W. Chan

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We report quartz crystal microbalance measurements of the adsorption of neon on surfaces of cesium and rubidium at temperatures up to the critical point of neon. In the case of Ne/Rb there is little adsorption until the temperature approaches 0.97 of Tc, where a wetting transition occurs. In the case of Ne/Cs no adsorption is seen all the way to T = Tc. Instead our data suggest the presence of a vapor film adjacent to the Cs surface when the sample cell is filled with liquid. This may indicate a crossover from wetting to drying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1739-1742
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 3 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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