Wetting transitions in polydisperse fluids

Matteo Buzzacchi*, Nigel B. Wilding, Peter Sollich

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The properties of the coexisting bulk gas and liquid phases of a polydisperse fluid depend not only on the prevailing temperature but also on the overall parent density. As a result, a polydisperse fluid near a wall will exhibit density-driven wetting transitions inside the coexistence region. We propose a likely topology for the wetting phase diagram, which we test using Monte Carlo simulations of a model polydisperse fluid at an attractive wall, tracing the wetting line inside the cloud curve and identifying the relationship to prewetting.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136104
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2006


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