On Surface Melting

  • Andrea C. Levi
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 267)


You have already heard from Erio Tosatti the state of the art on surface melting. I wish to examine today some more special points and in particular:
  1. 1)

    How to describe surface melting thermodynamically?

  2. 2)

    How to compute the thickness of the molten layer?

    This point should be divided into two parts:
    1. 2a)

      Mean field

    2. 2b)


  3. 3)

    What do molecular dynamics simulations teach us?

  4. 4)
    How does diffusion take place in the molten layer?
    1. 4a)


    2. 4b)

      Stochastic theories

    3. 4c)



Many of the results discussed here refer to the Ph.D. work of Chen Xiaojie1.


Triple Point Surface Melting Thermodynamic Variable Free Diffusion Jump Diffusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea C. Levi
    • 1
  1. 1.SISSA, MiramareTriesteItaly

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