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Curvature corrections to the nonlocal interfacial model for short-ranged forces
Jose Manuel Romero-Enrique

##manager.scheduler.building##: Edificio San Alberto Magno
##manager.scheduler.room##: Auditorio Santa Cecilia
Date: 2019-07-11 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-09

Abstract


In this talk we revisit the derivation of a nonlocal interfacial Hamiltonian model for systems with short ranged intermolecular forces. Starting from a microscopic Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson Hamiltonian with a double-parabola potential, we reformulate the derivation of the interfacial model using a rigorous boundary integral approach. This is done for three scenarios: a single fluid phase in contact with a nonplanar substrate (i.e., wall); a free interface separating coexisting fluid phases (say, liquid and gas); and finally a liquid-gas interface in contact with a nonplanar confining wall, as is applicable to wetting phenomena. For the first two cases our approaches identifies the correct form of the curvature corrections to the free energy and, for the case of a free interface, it allows us to recast these as an interfacial self-interaction as conjectured previously in the literature. When the interface is in contact with a substrate our approach similarly identifies curvature corrections to the nonlocal binding potential, describing the interaction of the interface and wall, for which we propose a generalized and improved diagrammatic formulation. We apply this formalism to the critical wetting transition on a planar wall, which is studied by renormalization-group techniques.

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