Three-Phase Intersection Points in Monolayers
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author John P. Hagen was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Some phospholipid/dihydrocholesterol Langmuir monolayers form coexisting liquid phases. Gas domains form at the interface between the phospholipid-rich and dihydrocholesterol-rich liquid phases when these monolayers undergo expansion to low surface pressure. Analysis of the domain shapes thus formed yields the relative line tensions of the gas/phospholipid, gas/dihydrocholesterol, and phospholipid/dihydrocholesterol phase interfaces.
John P. Hagen and Harden M. McConnell. "Three-Phase Intersection Points in Monolayers" Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 102 (1995): 167-172.
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