Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 101, Issue 3–4, pp 337–342 | Cite as

Investigation of the effect of oxygen impurities on the wetting properties of alkali metal surfaces by liquid helium

  • B. Demolder
  • F. Raad
  • J. Dupont-Roc
Countributed Posters Wetting


The weak binding properties of heavy alkali metal surfaces for helium have been related to their metallic nature and their particularly small work function. A natural consequence would be that oxidized surfaces should loose their non wetting properties for liquid helium. It is pointed out that the special oxidization process of these metals could unexpectedly lead to an opposite result at some intermediate stage. First experimental results on rubidium shows evidences for such an effect.

PACS numbers

67.70+n 67.40.Rp 68.45.Gd 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Demolder
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Raad
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Dupont-Roc
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire- Kastler Brossel, Département de Physique de l'Ecole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Laboratoire de L'Ecole Normale Supérieure et de L'Université Pierre et Marie Curieassocié au CNRS (URA 18)France

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