Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 74, Issue 5–6, pp 1255–1264 | Cite as

The equilibrium shape of a two-dimensional crystal between parallel planes

  • J. De Coninck
  • J. Fruttero
  • A. Ziermann
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By applying rather standard techniques for equilibrium crystal shapes (Wulff construction), we derive a construction for the equilibrium shape of a 2D crystal grown between two parallel plane substrates. The critical distance of the substrates at which this crystal splits into two parts is computed as a function of the wall free energy of the substrates. This may open new perspectives for the measurement of wall free energies.

Key Words

Wulff shapes Winterbottom and Summertop constructions liquid bridge wall attractions 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. De Coninck
    • 1
  • J. Fruttero
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Ziermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Université de Mons-HainautMONSBelgium
  2. 2.Centre de Physique ThériqueCNRS LuminyMarseille Cedex 9France

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