Surface light-scattering measurements have been carried out on thin asymmetric films of pentane on water. We vary the film thickness ℓ over a wide range (10<sup>−9</sup> m < ℓ < 10<sup>−5</sup> m). Compared with the ripplons wavelength 1/<i>q</i>, thick films of pentane (ℓ ≫ 1/<i>q</i>) display the same power spectrum as a pure pentane–vapor interface: a single peak. When thinning the film down to ℓ ≈ 1/<i>q</i>, hydrodynamic coupling between the layers of the interface is revealed by the appearance of a second peak beside the first one. We describe the thickness dependence of the two coupled modes through variations of the positions, the widths, and the amplitudes of both peaks.
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Denis Fenistein, Gerard H. Wegdam, William V. Meyer, and J. Adin Mann, Jr., "Capillary Waves on an Asymmetric Liquid Film of Pentane on Water," Appl. Opt. 40, 4134-4139 (2001)