We investigate phase separation of near-critical binary mixtures between parallel symmetric walls in the strong adsorption regime. We take into account the renormalization effect due to the critical fluctuations using the recent local functional theory. In statics, a van der Waals loop is obtained in the relation between the average order parameter ŒψŒ in the film and the chemical potential when the temperature T is lower than the film critical temperature Tcca (in the case of an upper critical solution temperature). In dynamics, we lower T below the capillary condensation line from above Tcca. We calculate the subsequent time development assuming no mass exchange between the film and the reservoir. In the early stage, the order parameter ψ changes only in the direction perpendicular to the walls. For sufficiently deep quenching, such one-dimensional profiles become unstable with respect to the fluctuations varying in the lateral directions. The late-stage coarsening is then accelerated by the hydrodynamic interaction. A pancake domain of the phase disfavored by the walls finally appears in the middle of the film.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 19 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics