The contributions of zero point and thermal excitations to the chemical potential of a liquid film are computed. The continuum approximation is made. Both bulk and surface waves are included. The effects are found to be small relative to the Van der Waals contribution in the case of a He film.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry