The wetting transition in a random surface model

D. B. Abraham, C. M. Newman

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We continue our analysis of the phase diagram of a discrete random surface, with no "downward fingers," lying above a flat two-dimensional substrate. The surface is closely related to the 2D Ising model and its free energy is exactly solvable in much (but not all) of the phase diagram. There is a transition at temperature Tw from a high-T infinite height or wet phase to a low-T finite height or partially wet phase. Previously it was shown that when a parameter b, related to the contact interaction, is positive, Tw is independent of b and there is a logarithmic specific heat divergence as Tw is approached from either side. Here we show that for b<0, Tw does depend on b and there is no thermodynamic singularity from the wet phase. The partially wet phases for b≤0 and b>0 differ in the absence or presence of a monolayer covering the entire substrate; this results in a first-order transition across the line b=0, T<Tw.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1111
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jun 1991


  • Ising model
  • Wetting
  • monolayer
  • random surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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