1. Fundamentals of Capillarity

  1. Jean Berthier1 and
  2. Kenneth A. Brakke2

Published Online: 1 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118401323.ch1

The Physics of Microdroplets

The Physics of Microdroplets

How to Cite

Berthier, J. and Brakke, K. A. (2012) Fundamentals of Capillarity, in The Physics of Microdroplets, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118401323.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    CEA/LETI, University of Grenoble, France

  2. 2

    Department of Mathematical Sciences, Susquehanna University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470938805

Online ISBN: 9781118401323



  • surface tension;
  • Laplace's law;
  • liquid transfer;
  • precursor film;
  • zero pressure surfaces


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Interfaces and Surface Tension

  • Laplace's Law and Applications

  • Measuring the Surface Tension of Liquids

  • Minimization of the Surface Energy and Minimal Surfaces