Stability of a deposited liquid cluster

  • P. V. Kashtanov
  • R. Hippler
  • B. M. Smirnov
  • S. R. Bhattacharyya
Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics


The fragmentation of silver liquid clusters deposited onto a silicon surface is observed after heating the clusters to 1073 K and subsequent annealing with the exposition time 3 min. This contradicts macroscopic models of a liquid drop deposited on a surface if we use critical parameters of bulk silver. Some versions are analyzed that are based on cluster properties and may explain the phenomenon of cluster fragmentation. An experiment is suggested for clarifying the nature of the cluster fragmentation phenomenon and cluster critical phenomena.


Contact Angle Silicon Surface Rapid Thermal Annealing Liquid Drop Cluster Fragmentation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. V. Kashtanov
    • 1
  • R. Hippler
    • 2
  • B. M. Smirnov
    • 1
  • S. R. Bhattacharyya
    • 3
  1. 1.Joint Institute for High Temperatures of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institut für Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany
  3. 3.Saha Institute of Nuclear PhysicsKolkataIndia

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