Incompatibility of the Shuttleworth equation with Hermann's mathematical structure of thermodynamics

D. J. Bottomley (Corresponding Author), Lasse Makkonen, Kari Kolari

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    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 languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-101
    Number of pages5
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



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

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