Spreading of a Mercury Droplet on Thin Gold Films

A Be'er, Y Lereah, A Frydman, H. Taitelbaum

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The spreading of a small mercury droplet Full-size image (<1 K) on thin gold films is studied, using an optical microscope enhanced with a differential interference contrast system. The growing interfaces are analyzed in order to determine the roughness (α) and growth (β) exponents. For gold film thickness of Full-size image (<1 K) we find that α=0.88±0.03 and β=0.76±0.03, while for gold thickness of Full-size image (<1 K), α=0.96±0.04 and β=1.00±0.04. Both sets of exponents satisfy the scaling relation α+α/β=2. In both systems the roughness exponent α crosses over to a value close to 0.5 in the final stages of the experiment and for relatively long length scales (order of a few microns).
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)325-330
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatePublished - 2002


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