An ellipsometric study of the surface freezing of liquid alkanes

Pfohl, Thomas and Beaglehole, David and Riegler, Hans. (1996) An ellipsometric study of the surface freezing of liquid alkanes. Chemical Physics Letters, 260 (1-2). pp. 82-86.

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The surface freezing of alkane/air interfaces was investigated by ellipsometry and surface tension measurements. It is observed as a small jump in the ellipsometric signal. This shift can be explained by the transition from an isotropic liquid surface to a well-ordered monolayer only through a fortituous cancellation of layering and anisotropy effects. Therefore, an alternative model is discussed which interprets the surface freezing as a transition from a nematic-like molecular ordering at the interface above the surface melting temperature to a smectic-like ordering below.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Former Organization Units Chemistry > Biophysikalische Chemie (Pfohl)
UniBasel Contributors:Pfohl, Thomas
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Article Subtype:Research Article
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