Fluid interface fluctuations within the generalized Derjaguin approximation

G. Palasantzas, G. Backx

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The fluctuation properties of fluid interfaces bounded by rough surfaces are investigated within a linear generalization of the Derjaguin approximation. In the thick-film regime, the interface roughness amplitude is lower in magnitude from that obtained in the Derjaguin approximation. Nevertheless, for large healing lengths ζ the power-law asymptotic behavior σw~ζ^-2, which is observed in the Derjaguin approximation, is still preserved. Moreover, the rms local interface slope ρ is shown to attain small values for film thicknesses larger than the substrate roughness amplitude and to follow an asymptotic power-law behavior ρ~ζ^-2 for large ζ.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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