Spatially patterned static roughness superimposed on thermal roughness in a condensed phospholipid monolayer

W. R. Schief, S. B. Hall, V. Vogel

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Imaging of diffuse light scattering in reflection from a phospholipid monolayer at the air/water interface has revealed a previously undetected separation of the monolayer into two regions distinguishable by the intensity of their scattering. In monolayers of L-dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine in the condensed phase, chiral-shaped domains are surrounded by a brighter region that covers approximately half the monolayer. While the scattered intensity from both regions increases with surface pressure in a manner consistent with scattering from thermally induced capillary waves, the additional scattering from the brighter region indicates a static surface roughness superimposed on the thermal roughness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6831-6837
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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