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Abstract : Neutron diffraction is used to study the growth behavior of thin films of argon adsorbed on graphite foam in the temperature range 55.5 K-90.5 K. It is shown that a uniform film is condensed at 65.5 K for thicknesses below 4.5 layers. For higher coverages, bulk crystallites start to grow into capillaries whereas the uniform film grows much more slowly to reach a thickness of 6.4 layers for a total coverage of about 20 statistical layers. A model is presented showing that the capillary condensation probably occurs in conical pores and open corners. At 80.5 K, a liquid-like phase, 1.5 layer thick, is observed revealing the occurrence of surface melting. Above the bulk melting point Tm=83.8 K, all the bulk crystallites have melted but a solid film is still present on the graphite surface. Its thickness varies from 1 to 3-4 layers depending on total coverage and temperature. The melting temperatures of these solid films are reported. Finally, the uniform solid film is laterally compressed with respect to bulk 111 planes with a continuous relaxation when its thickness increases.





Author: J. Gay J. Suzanne J. Dash H. Lauter

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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