How Narrow Can a Meniscus Be?

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Abstract

A water meniscus formed in air between an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip and a substrate is discussed. A stable meniscus is essential for the validity of the Kelvin equation commonly applied to AFM experiments. Lattice gas Monte Carlo simulations indicate that a stable meniscus has a lower limit in width due to thermal fluctuation. The results show a minimum width of five molecular diameters when the tip becomes atomically sharp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855041-855044
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume92
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 27 2004

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How Narrow Can a Meniscus Be? / Jang, Joonkyung; Schatz, George C; Ratner, Mark A.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 92, No. 8, 27.02.2004, p. 855041-855044.

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Jang, J, Schatz, GC & Ratner, MA 2004, 'How Narrow Can a Meniscus Be?', Physical Review Letters, vol. 92, no. 8, pp. 855041-855044.
Jang, Joonkyung ; Schatz, George C ; Ratner, Mark A. / How Narrow Can a Meniscus Be?. In: Physical Review Letters. 2004 ; Vol. 92, No. 8. pp. 855041-855044.
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