Confinement-induced freezing and the Lindemann criterion

Alexei V. Tkachenko, Yitzhak Rabin

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A simple model of confinement-induced freezing in thin liquid layers is presented. Under boundary conditions of vanishing displacement field at the walls, confinement suppresses the amplitude of fluctuations in a solid film below a critical value determined by the Lindemann criterion of melting. The resulting increase of the melting temperature compared to that of a bulk solid, is estimated and the connection with experiments is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-364
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1997


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