Localized Rayleigh instability in evaporation fronts

Haim Diamant*, Oded Agam

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A qualitatively different manifestation of the Rayleigh instability is demonstrated, where, instead of the usual extended undulations and breakup of the liquid into many droplets, the instability is localized, leading to an isolated narrowing of the liquid filament. The localized instability, caused by a nonuniform curvature of the liquid domain, plays a key role in the evaporation of thin liquid films off solid surfaces.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number047801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 29 Jan 2010


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