Helium adsorption on a lithium substrate

Massimo Boninsegni, Milton W. Cole, Flavio Toigo

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We report results of path integral Monte Carlo and density functional studies of 4He adsorption on a lithium substrate at low temperature. A recently proposed, accurate potential is used to model the 4He-substrate interaction. Results show evidence of continuous growth of a 4He film, with a superfluid monolayer at low coverage and no well-defined layering at higher coverages. Estimated superfluid transition temperatures exhibit a coverage dependence similar to that found in recent experiments of Csathy et al.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2002-2005
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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