Noble Gas, Alkali and Alkaline Atoms Interacting with a Gold Surface
The attractive branch of the interaction potentials with the surface of gold have been computed for a large variety of atomic systems: the hydrogen atom, noble gases (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe), alkali atoms (Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) and alkaline atoms (Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba). The results include highly accurate dynamic polarizabilities for the helium atom calculated using a variational method and explicitly correlated wavefunctions. For other atoms considered we used the data available in the literature. The interaction potentials include both the effects of retardation of the electromagnetic interactions and a realistic representation of the optical response function of gold (beyond the approximation of a perfect conductor). An explicit comparison of our result to the interaction between an atom and a perfect conductor is given. © 2010 World Scientific Publishing Company.
G. Lach et al., "Noble Gas, Alkali and Alkaline Atoms Interacting with a Gold Surface," International Journal of Modern Physics A, vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 2337-2344, World Scientific Publishing Co., Apr 2010.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0217751X1004961X
Keywords and Phrases
Atom-surface Interactions; Casimir Forces; Dynamic Polarizability; Gold; Helium; Quantum Reflection; Retardation; Van Der Waals Forces
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