Wetting under nonequilibrium conditions

H Hinrichsen, R Livi, D Mukamel, A Politi

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We report a detailed account of the phase diagram of a recently introduced model for nonequilibrium wetting in (1+1) dimensions [H. Hinrichsen, R. Livi, D. Mukamel, and A. Politi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 2710 (1997)]. A mean-field approximation is shown to reproduce the main features of the phase diagram, while providing indications for the behavior of the wetting transition in higher dimensions. The mean-field phase diagram is found to exhibit an extra transition line which does not exist in (1+1) dimensions. The line separates a phase in which the interface height distribution decays exponentially at large heights from a superexponentially decaying phase. Implications to wetting in dimensions higher than (1+1) are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041606
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003


  • multiplicative noise
  • phase-transition
  • growth-process
  • model
  • dimensions
  • behavior
  • systems


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