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Microemulsion sponge phase as a manifestation of the superflexibility critical point of tensionless balanced liquid-liquid interfaces

  title={Microemulsion sponge phase as a manifestation of the superflexibility critical point of tensionless balanced liquid-liquid interfaces},
  author={Ramanathan Varadharajan and Frans A. M. Leermakers},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
We have analyzed the mechanical properties of surfactant loaded tensionless balanced liquid/liquid interfaces using self-consistent field theory implementing a coarse grained model. Such a tensionless state, as occurring in microemulsions, signals a first-order interfacial phase transition. Consequently, the interfacial area is set by the amount of surfactant in the system. Near the bulk critical point, such systems suffer an interfacial, so-called superflexibility (SF) critical point as soon… 
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