### Abstract

We show that three independent derivations of the Shuttleworth equation,
arguably the second most important equation in surface physics, are
inconsistent with Hermann’s mathematical structure of thermodynamics [R.
Hermann, Geometry, Physics and Systems, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York,
USA, 1973 (Chapter 6)]. The possible implications of this result are
discussed.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 97-101 |

Number of pages | 5 |

Journal | Surface Science |

Volume | 603 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2009 |

MoE publication type | A1 Journal article-refereed |

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### Keywords

- Thermodynamics
- Surface energy
- Surface stress
- Surface tension
- Surface thermodynamics
- Equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
- Single crystal surfaces