Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Thin Liquid Films

Dewetting and Polymer Flow

Authors: Blossey, Ralf

  • Unique coherent compendium of the theoretical underpinnings of thin film dynamics, in particular their instabilities
  • Presents a large range of applications of existing thin polymeric films, as well as an outlook on promising future ones  
  • Written for researchers across all interdisciplinary fields connected to thin films  
  • Bridges between the ‘light’ and the more rigorous theoretical approaches to dewetting phenomena
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This book is a treatise on the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of thin liquid films at solid surfaces and, in particular, their rupture instabilities. For the quantitative study of these phenomena, polymer thin films (sometimes referred to as “ultrathin”) have proven to be an invaluable experimental model system.
What is it that makes thin film instabilities special and interesting? First, thin polymeric films have an important range of applications. An understanding of their instabilities is therefore of practical relevance for the design of such films. The first chapter of the book intends to give a snapshot of current applications, and an outlook on promising future ones. Second, thin liquid films are an interdisciplinary research topic, which leads to a fairly heterogeneous community working on the topic. It justifies attempting to write a text which gives a coherent presentation of the field which researchers across their specialized communities might be interested in. Finally, thin liquid films are an interesting laboratory for a theorist to confront a well-established theory, hydrodynamics, with its limits. Thin films are therefore a field in which a highly fruitful exchange and collaboration exists between experimentalists and theorists.
The book stretches from the more concrete to more abstract levels of study: we roughly progress from applications via theory and experiment to rigorous mathematical theory. For an experimental scientist, the book should serve as a reference and guide to what is the current consensus of the theoretical underpinnings of the field of thin film dynamics. Controversial problems on which such a consensus has not yet been reached are clearly indicated in the text, as well as discussed in a final chapter. From a theoretical point of view, the field of dewetting has mainly been treated in a mathematically ‘light’ yet elegant fashion, often making use of scaling arguments. For the untrained researcher, this approach is not always easy to follow. The present book attempts to bridge between the ‘light’ and the ‘rigorous’, always with the ambition to enhance insight and understanding - and to not let go the elegance of the theory.

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“The text is spread over six chapters with appendices, lists of figures and symbols used, and bibliography. The appendices make the text self-sufficient. A useful aspect for graduate students is the inclusion of tasks in each chapter. … The text is very well written, and the concepts are laid down with clarity. The emphasis is on the reader to appreciate the subject … .” (S. C. Rajvanshi, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1255, 2013)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thin Liquid Films
Book Subtitle
Dewetting and Polymer Flow
Authors
Series Title
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4455-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4455-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4454-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9886-1
Series ISSN
1864-5879
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 154
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