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Dynamics at the air-water interface revealed by evanescent wave light scattering

  • Stocco, A. Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany
  • Tauer, K. Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany
  • Pispas, S. Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
  • Sigel, Reinhard Adolphe Merkle Institute, University Fribourg, Switzerland
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  • The European Physical Journal E. - 2009, vol. 29, no. 1, p. 95-105
English A new tool to study surface phenomena by evanescent wave light scattering is employed for an investigation of an aqueous surface through the water phase. When the angle of incidence passes the critical angle of total internal reflection, a high and narrow scattering peak is observed. It is discussed as an enhancement of scattering at critical angle illumination. Peak width and height are affected by the interfacial profile and the focusing of the beam. In addition, the propagation of capillary waves was studied at the surface of pure water and in the presence of latex particles and amphiphilic diblock copolymers. The range of the scattering vectors where propagating surface waves were detected is by far wider than standard surface quasi-elastic light scattering (SQELS) and comparable with those of X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS).
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