Surface-Induced Melting of Solids

  • J. F. van der Veen
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 267)


The surface plays a key role in initiating the melting of a solid. At temperatures below the bulk melting point the surface may undergo a continuous and reversible order-disorder transition. It therefore provides the solid with a natural starting point for melting. Recent observations of surface melting generally confirm the predictions of thermodynamics but a number of issues have still remained unsolved.


Decay Length Surface Melting Lattice Instability Reciprocal Lattice Vector Hamaker Constant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. van der Veen
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  1. 1.FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular PhysicsAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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