Wetting temperature shift of helium on a layered substrate

E. Cheng, M. W. Cole, W. F. Saam, J. Treiner

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We calculate the shift in wetting temperature TW of a He film on a layered substrate. The latter consists of an alkali metal layer film of thickness d, deposited on a semi-infinite medium. TW can change from nonzero to zero (Cs) or vice versa (Na) as d changes. The shift is an extremely sensitive probe of long range van der Waals potentials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-742
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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