Micellar stratification in soap films: A light scattering study

Oleg Krichevsky, Joel Stavans

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Thin soap films drawn from concentrated surfactant solutions show stepwise thinning due to micellar organization into layers. We study by light scattering methods the extent of order as a function of surfactant concentration and show that the behavior of the micelles in the confining geometry of the film is analogous to that of ordinary fluids confined between walls. Our results compare very well with predictions of a recent model for density oscillations in liquids, supplemented by a calculation of bulk properties based on the rescaled mean spherical approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2752-2755
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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