Interaction of rare gas atoms with metal surfaces: A pseudopotential approach

A. Chizmeshya, E. Zaremba

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The pseudopotential formulation of the helium-metal surface interaction due to Harris and Liebsch has been generalized to treat the heavier rare gases. The atom-surface repulsion is calculated to first-order in the pseudopotential and is combined with a damped van der Waals interaction to produce the total physisorption potential. Reasonable results are obtained for all the rare gases considered, with a systematically increasing potential-well depth through the rare gas sequence. A single surface-atom model is also considered and its limitations discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-470
Number of pages28
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 2 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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