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Speaker: Michael Winkler, Statistical Physics and Theory of Chaos, Inst. f. Physik und Astronomie

Title: Exponentially Fast Thinning and Thermal Convection of Nanoscale Films * Oberseminar Nichtlineare Dynamik

Time: Mon, May 6, 2013, 4pm

Place: bldg 28, room 0.104

Films are nanoscopic elements of foams, emulsions, and suspensions that form a paradigm for nanochannel transport that eventually tests the limits of hydrodynamic descriptions. I will present our results on the collapse of a freestanding thin liquid film to its equilibrium. The generation of nanoscale films usually is a slow linear process; using thermal forcing we find unprecedented dynamics with exponentially fast thinning. The complex interplay of thermal convection, interface, and gravitational forces yields optimal turbulent mixing and transport. Domains of collapsed film are generated, elongated, and convected in a beautiful display of chaotic mixing. With a time scale analysis, we identify mixing as the dominant dynamical process responsible for exponential thinning.

These films are an attractive candidate for truly two-dimensional Rayleigh-Bénard convection. The liquid is confined between two surfactant sheets and cannot move out of its plane at nanoscale thickness. However, one needs to discuss whether the classical fluiddynamical description holds for nanoscale systems. The properties and possibilities of this system will be discussed.

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