Van der Waals Attraction

  • Ansgar Liebsch
Part of the Physics of Solids and Liquids book series (PSLI)


Understanding the interaction between neutral atoms and metal surfaces is important for a variety of phenomena that can be used to probe static and dynamical properties of surfaces. For example, elastic scattering of helium beams provides information on structural properties of ordered surfaces (Rieder, 1985) and on properties of surface defects (Poelsema, Comsa, 1989). Furthermore, inelastic scattering can be used to investigate surface phonons, sticking probabilities and thermal desorption processes (Toennies, 1984; Engel, 1978).


Plane Position Uniform Electric Field Surface Response Function Quantum Mechanical Charge Thermal Desorption Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ansgar Liebsch
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  1. 1.Forschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany

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