W. G. Pritchard Lab Seminar: 3:30-4:30 PM, 103 Osmond Laboratory
**Monday October 7, 2002**
Wetting transitions
Milton W. Cole
Department of Physics
Penn State University
Abstract:
A liquid drop deposited on a surface can either spread uniformly or bead up
(assuming equilibrium). This talk will describe how temperature can change
this wetting behavior from one kind to the other. This phase transition is
described by the 2 dimensional Ising model, the most famous model in
statistical mechanics. My theoretical work and the work of various
experimental groups will be discussed.