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We study wetting phenomena in which the wetting layer is (nearly) critical and intrudes between two noncritical phases. Finite-size scaling theory predicts an interaction, identical in range to that due to the van der Waals forces, between the interfaces bounding the wetting layer. This finite-size interaction leads to new wetting phenomena near critical end points, e.g., in ternary mixtures. The interaction amplitude and its possible universality can be observed directly in experiment.

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©1985 The American Physical Society