Interface Profiles near Three-Phase Contact Lines in Electric Fields

Juergen Buehrle, Stephan Herminghaus, Friedrich Gunther Mugele

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Long-range electrostatic fields deform the surface profile of a conductive liquid in the vicinity of the contact line. We have investigated the equilibrium profiles by balancing electrostatic and capillary forces locally at the liquid vapor interface. Numerical results show that the contact angle at the contact line approaches Young's angle. Simultaneously, the local curvature displays a weak algebraic divergence. Furthermore, we present an asymptotic analytical model, which confirms these results and elucidates the scaling behavior of the profile close to the contact line.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)86101
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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