Substrate-mediated dispersion interaction between adsorbed atoms and molecules

Susanna Rauber, James R. Klein, Milton W. Cole, L. W. Bruch

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The approximation of G. Vidali and M.W. Cole, Surface Sci. 110 (1981) 10, for the polarization potential coefficients is extended to the coefficients in the McLachlan theory of the substratemediated dispersion interaction between physisorbed atoms and molecules. Values for the parameters entering in the approximation are given for several adsorbates and substrates. The values for the strength coefficients obtained with the approximate formulae are in good agreement with values obtained by detailed numerical integrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 2 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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