Shear modulus measurements on classical monolayer systems

B. M. Abraham*, K. Miyano, S. Q. Xu, John B Ketterson

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The responses to shear of monomolecular films of stearyl alcohol (C18H37OH) and nonadecanoic acid (C18H37COOH) spread on water were studied as a function of density. A static shear modulus appears at a phase transition, previously assigned as the liquid-solid transition. The value of the modulus, however, is several orders of magnitude lower than the Kosterlitz-Thouless prediction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1646
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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