Liquid-State Dewetting of Pulsed-Laser-Heated Nanoscale Metal Films and Other Geometries

Lou Kondic, Alejandro G. Gonzalez, Javier A. Diez, Jason D. Fowlkes, Philip Rack

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Metal films of nanoscale thickness, deposited on substrates and exposed to laser heating, provide systems that involve several interesting multiphysics effects. In addition to fluid mechanical aspects associated with a free boundary setup, other relevant physical effects include phase change, thermal flow, and liquid-solid interactions. Such films are challenging to model, in particular because inertial effects may be relevant, and large contact angles require care when considering the long-wave formulation. Applications of nanoscale metal films are numerous, and the materials science community is actively pursuing more complex setups involving templated films and substrates, bimetallic films and alloys, and a variety of elemental film geometries. The goal of this review is to discuss our current understanding of thin metal film systems, while also providing an overview of the challenges in this research area, which stands at the intersection of fluid mechanics, materials science, and thermal physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-262
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Jan 5 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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