Wetting transitions of Ne
We report studies of the wetting behavior of Ne on very weakly attractive
surfaces, carried out with the Grand Canonical Monte Carlo method. The Ne-Ne
interaction was taken to be of Lennard-Jones form, while the Ne-surface
interaction was derived from an ab initio calculation of Chizmeshya et al.
Nonwetting behavior was found for Li, Rb, and Cs in the temperature regime
explored (i.e., T < 42 K). Drying behavior was manifested in a depleted fluid
density near the Cs surface. In contrast, for the case of Mg (a more attractive
potential) a prewetting transition was found near T= 28 K. This temperature was
found to shift slightly when a corrugated potential was used instead of a
uniform potential. The isotherm shape and the density profiles did not differ
qualitatively between these cases.
Bojan, MJ; Stan, G; Curtarolo, S; Steele, WA; Cole, MW
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