He-atom interaction with the (001) surfaces of LiF and NaCl

Andrea Frigo, Flavio Toigo, Milton W. Cole, Frank O. Goodman

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Calculations are presented of the potential energy of a He atom near the (001) surfaces of LiF and NaCl. Ingredients in this interaction are a repulsion, computed from the substrate charge density with the effective-medium theory, a sum of damped dispersion attractions contributed by the individual ions, and a small induced dipole energy. The net interaction has a qualitatively reasonable attractive strength. The corrugation, however, is ∼1.5-2 times larger than is inferred from He-beam diffraction intensities. Hypothetical explanations are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4184-4188
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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