- Fluctuation forces and wetting layers in colloid-polymer mixtures
- Physical Review Letters
- Volume | Issue number
- 100 | 17
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI)
We present confocal microscopy experiments on the wetting of phase-separated colloid-polymer mixtures. We observe that an unusually thick wetting layer of the colloid-rich phase forms at the walls of the glass container that holds the mixture. Because of the ultralow interfacial tension between the colloid-rich and the polymer-rich phases, the thermally activated roughness of the interfaces becomes very big and measurable. We observe that close to the critical point the roughness of the interface between the wetting layer and the polymer-rich phase decreases with decreasing layer thickness: large excursions of the interface are confined in the wetting layer. The measured relationship between the roughness and the thickness of the wetting layer is in qualitative agreement with the predictions of renormalization group theory for short-range forces and complete wetting.
- go to publisher's site
If you believe that digital publication of certain material infringes any of your rights or (privacy) interests, please let the Library know, stating your reasons. In case of a legitimate complaint, the Library will make the material inaccessible and/or remove it from the website. Please Ask the Library, or send a letter to: Library of the University of Amsterdam, Secretariat, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You will be contacted as soon as possible.