Fluctuations, Lindemann criterion and liquid-solid transition in thin films

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)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 2 Dec 19965 Dec 1996


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