Symmetric liquid-liquid interface with a non-zero spontaneous curvature

F.A.M. Leermakers, P.A. Barneveld, J.H.B. Sprakel, N.A.M. Besseling

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    The curvature dependence of the symmetric interface between two immiscible polymer solutions in a common monomeric solvent is analyzed using a self-consistent field theory. Contrary to symmetry arguments we find that the surface tension depends in first order on a nonzero Tolman length. These interfaces further have a negative mean and a positive Gaussian bending modulus. The finite spontaneous curvature is attributed to the adsorption of the solvent at the interface
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)066103/1-066103/4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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