Determination of the Rigidity Constant of the Amphiphilic Film in Birefringent Microemulsions, Spin-Labeling and Quasielastic Light Scattering Experiments

  • J. M. di Meglio
  • M. Dvolaitzky
  • C. Taupin
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 41)


Much activity has been devoted to the intensive study of lyotropic systems and more specifically of microemulsions[1] because of their practical applications: oil enhanced recovery, cosmetic industry, pharmacology etc.[2]. From a more fundamental point of view, these systems are very interesting because of their fascinating properties: critical behavior[3,4], percolation transition[5], ultralow interfacial tensions[6] and extraordinarily rich phase diagrams[7,8]. The usual application of micro-emulsions recovers isotropic thermodynamically stable dispersions of water in oil (or oil in water) whose characteristic size is of order of one hundred Å and thus are transparent to visible light. These systems are stabilized by a surfactant forming an interfacial film separating oil and water often associated to a cosurfactant (usually a short-tail alcohol).


Isotropic Phase Persistence Length Interfacial Film Spontaneous Curvature Lamellar System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. di Meglio
    • 1
  • M. Dvolaitzky
    • 1
  • C. Taupin
    • 1
  1. 1.Physique de la Matière CondenséeCollège de France 11 Place Marcelin-BerthelotParis Cedex 05France

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