Deformation of an elastic substrate by a three-phase contact line.

  title={Deformation of an elastic substrate by a three-phase contact line.},
  author={Elizabeth R Jerison and Ye Xu and Larry A. Wilen and Eric R Dufresne},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={106 18},
Young's classic analysis of the equilibrium of a three-phase contact line ignores the out-of-plane component of the liquid-vapor surface tension. While it is expected that this unresolved force is balanced by the elastic response of the solid, a definitive analysis has remained elusive because of an apparent divergence of stress at the contact line. While a number of theories have been presented to cut off the divergence, none of them have provided reasonable agreement with experimental data… CONTINUE READING