publication . Preprint . Article . 2003

Ideal glass transitions in thin films: An energy landscape perspective

Thomas M. Truskett; Venkat Ganesan;
Open Access English
  • Published: 22 Jul 2003
Abstract
We introduce a mean-field model for the potential energy landscape of a thin fluid film confined between parallel substrates. The model predicts how the number of accessible basins on the energy landscape and, consequently, the film's ideal glass transition temperature depend on bulk pressure, film thickness, and the strength of the fluid-fluid and fluid-substrate interactions. The predictions are in qualitative agreement with the experimental trends for the kinetic glass transition temperature of thin films, suggesting the utility of landscape-based approaches for studying the behavior of confined fluids.
Subjects
arXiv: Physics::Fluid Dynamics
free text keywords: Condensed Matter, Amorphous solid, Thin film, Glass transition, Atomic physics, Chemistry, Kinetic energy, Energy landscape, Potential energy landscape, Nanotechnology, Chemical physics
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publication . Preprint . Article . 2003

Ideal glass transitions in thin films: An energy landscape perspective

Thomas M. Truskett; Venkat Ganesan;