Dynamics of liquid nanojets

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We study the breakup of a liquid jet a few nanometers in diameter, based on a stochastic differential equation derived recently by Moseler and Landman [Science 289, 1165 (2000)]. In agreement with their simulations, we confirm that noise qualitatively changes the characteristics of breakup, leading to symmetric profiles. Using the path integral description, we find a self-similar profile that describes the most probable breakup mode. As illustrated by a simple physical argument, noise is the driving force behind pinching, speeding up the breakup to make surface tension irrelevant.
Translated title of the contributionDynamics of liquid nanojets
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume89 (8, 085402)
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002

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Publisher: American Physical Society


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