Molecular dynamics of a microscopic droplet on solid surface

J.A. Nieminen, D.B. Abraham, M.E.J. Karttunen, K. Kaski

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    The spreading of a microscopic nonvolatile liquid drop on a homogeneous solid substrate has been studied by molecular dynamics simulations of Lennard-Jones systems. The substrate is assumed to be continuous without atomic structure and exerting a long-range Lennard-Jones potential on liquid particles in the drop. A molecular precursor film is observed to spread initially with nearly constant speed, crossing over later to diffusive spreading. These results are compared with recent molecular dynamics results of a volatile liquid on a structured substrate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)124-127
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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