Theory of Surface Melting and Non-Melting

  • E. Tosatti
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 14)


When the temperature of a crystal approaches the bulk melting point T M , some low-index surfaces begin to pre-melt below T M (surface melting), and some do not (surface non-melting). In surface melting, a ‘quasi-liquid’ layer forms at the crystal-vapour interface. Its thickness diverges characteristically as some power of 1 /(T M T), as T M T tends to zero. In surface non-melting, conversely, the quasi-liquid layer does not form at all, or else it may begin to form, but then its growth is ‘blocked’ to some small thickness, which, does not diverge.


Surface Melting Surface Layer Thickness Thermodynamic Phase Transition Attractive Tail Bulk Melting Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Tosatti
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  1. 1.International School for Advanced Studies and International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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