Putting water on a lattice: the importance of long wavelength density fluctuations in theories of hydrophobic and interfacial phenomena.


The physics of air-water interfaces plays a central role in modern theories of the hydrophobic effect. Implementing these theories, however, has been hampered by the difficulty of addressing fluctuations in the shape of such soft interfaces. We show that this challenge is a fundamental consequence of mapping long wavelength density variations onto discrete… (More)


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