On nanobuckling of monomolecular layers adhering to a substrate

A. Chiskis, R. Parnes

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It is shown that the first buckling mode corresponding to the lowest buckling force of a plane monomolecular layer glued to a substrate may not be smooth. The resulting saw-like configuration of neighboring molecules leads to corrugation on a molecular level and we name such a phenomenon nanobuckling. A criterion governing this smooth—not smooth transition is derived. The model presented may also describe surface instability of a perfect crystal due to contraction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1999


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