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Title: Field-Induced Formation of Nanometer-Sized Water Bridges
Authors: Gómez-Moñivas, Sacha; Sáenz, J. J.; Calleja, Montserrat; García García, Ricardo
Keywords: Water meniscus
AFM oxidation
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2003
Publisher: American Physical Society
Citation: Physical Review Letters 91, 056101 (2003)
Abstract: A method to form and manipulate the properties of nanometer-size liquid bridges by an external electric field is discussed. The properties of bridges are shown to be the result of an interplay among the field-induced polarization of the water layer adsorbed on the surface, the surface energy, and the water condensation from the humid air. For a given tip-sample separation, a simple model predicts the existence of a threshold voltage Vth to form the bridge in full agreement with experiments.
Publisher version (URL): http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.056101
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/25154
ISSN: 0031-9007
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.056101
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