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E. Eizner, B. Horovitz, and C. Henkel
Van der Waals-Casimir-Polder interaction of an atom with a composite surface
Eur. Phys. J. D 66 (2012) 321, highlighted at EPJ D News and at ScienceBlog.


    We study the dispersion interaction of the van der Waals and Casimir-Polder (vdW-CP) type between a neutral atom and the surface of a metal by allowing for nonlocal electrodynamics, i.e. electron diffusion. We consider two models: (i) bulk diffusion, and (ii) diffusion in a surface charge layer. In both cases that the transition to a semiconductor as a function of the conductivity is continuous, unlike the case of a local model. The relevant parameter is the electric screening length and depends on the carrier diffusion constant. We find that for distances comparable to the screening length, vdW-CP data can distinguish between bulk and surface diffusion, hence it can be a sensitive probe for surface states.

[ 1205.1378 ] [ DOI ]

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