We study a lattice model for the spreading of fluid films, which are a few molecular layers thick, in narrow channels with inert lateral walls. We focus on systems connected to two particle reservoirs at different chemical potentials, considering an attractive substrate potential at the bottom, confining sidewalls, and hard-core repulsive fluid-fluid interactions. Using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations we find a diffusive behavior. The corresponding diffusion coefficient depends on the density and is bounded from below by the free one-dimensional diffusion coefficient, valid for an inert bottom wall. These numerical results are rationalized within the corresponding continuum limit.
|Titolo:||Spreading in narrow channels|
|Autori:||DOTTI C; GAMBASSI A; POPESCU M.N; DIETRICH S|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevE.76.041127|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|