Intermolecular Forces from the Viewpoint of Quantum Electrodynamics

  • D. P. Craig
Part of the Académie Internationale Des Sciences Moléculaires Quantiques/International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science book series (QUCH, volume 6)


The techniques of molecular quantum electrodynamics unify the theory of radiation-molecule and molecule-molecule coupling, the latter being treated as an interaction conveyed or mediated by the radiation field. The calculation of intermolecular effects is readily taken to all separation distances, electromagnetic retardation being included in a natural way. The methods themselves are established by wide application, and are correct in all cases tested. The methods are outlined and illustrated in three cases s the primitive resonance between identical molecules, one ground state and one excited; the effect on dispersive binding of an external radiation field; and the change in the chiroptical properties of a coupled pair of molecules, one chiral and one achiral.


Circular Dichroism Quantum Electrodynamic Intermolecular Force Chiral Molecule Maxwell Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. P. Craig
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, The FacultiesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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