Capillary condensation in atomic scale friction: How water acts like a glue

  • Jinesh K
  • Frenken J
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We present atomic-scale friction force measurements that strongly suggest that the capillary condensation of water between a tungsten tip and a graphite surface leads to the formation of ice at room temperature. This phenomenon increases the friction force, introduces a short-term memory in the form of an elastic response against shearing, and allows us to "write" a temporary line of ice on a hydrophobic surface. Rearrangements of the condensate are shown to take place on a surprisingly slow time scale of seconds.

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  • K. B. Jinesh

  • J. W.M. Frenken

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