Three-body interaction between an atom and a monolayer film

James R. Klein, Milton W. Cole

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An atom (B) situated near a plane of atoms (A) experiences an interaction potential energy V = (V2 + V3 + ... The leading term is the sum over the monlayer of 2-body interactions. We compute here the 3-body correction V3. Numerical results are presented for the case of noble gases, H and CH4. For H or He near a Xe layer, V3 reduces the well depth by ~ 10%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-728
Number of pages7
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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