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  1. Van der Waals interactions involving proteins.

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    Roth, C M; Neal, B L; Lenhoff, A M

    1996-01-01

    Van der Waals (dispersion) forces contribute to interactions of proteins with other molecules or with surfaces, but because of the structural complexity of protein molecules, the magnitude of these effects is usually estimated based on idealized models of the molecular geometry, e.g., spheres or spheroids. The calculations reported here seek to account for both the geometric irregularity of protein molecules and the material properties of the interacting media. Whereas the latter are found to fall in the generally accepted range, the molecular shape is shown to cause the magnitudes of the interactions to differ significantly from those calculated using idealized models, with important consequences. First, the roughness of the molecular surface leads to much lower average interaction energies for both protein-protein and protein-surface cases relative to calculations in which the protein molecule is approximated as a sphere. These results indicate that a form of steric stabilization may be an important effect in protein solutions. Underlying this behavior is appreciable orientational dependence, one reflection of which is that molecules of complementary shape are found to exhibit very strong attractive dispersion interactions. Although this has been widely discussed previously in the context of molecular recognition processes, the broader implications of these phenomena may also be important at larger molecular separations, e.g., in the dynamics of aggregation, precipitation, and crystal growth. Images FIGURE 3 PMID:8789115

  2. Van der Waals Interactions Involving Proteins

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    Roth, Charles M.; Neal, Brian L.; Lenhoff, Abraham M.

    1996-01-01

    Van der Waals (dispersion) forces contribute to interactions of proteins with other molecules or with surfaces, but because of the structural complexity of protein molecules, the magnitude of these effects is usually estimated based on idealized models of the molecular geometry, e.g., spheres or spheroids. The calculations reported here seek to account for both the geometric irregularity of protein molecules and the material properties of the interacting media. Whereas the latter are found to fall in the generally accepted range, the molecular shape is shown to cause the magnitudes of the interactions to differ significantly from those calculated using idealized models. with important consequences. First, the roughness of the molecular surface leads to much lower average interaction energies for both protein-protein and protein-surface cases relative to calculations in which the protein molecule is approximated as a sphere. These results indicate that a form of steric stabilization may be an important effect in protein solutions. Underlying this behavior is appreciable orientational dependence, one reflection of which is that molecules of complementary shape are found to exhibit very strong attractive dispersion interactions. Although this has been widely discussed previously in the context of molecular recognition processes, the broader implications of these phenomena may also be important at larger molecular separations, e.g., in the dynamics of aggregation, precipitation, and crystal growth.

  3. Modern theory of van der Waals interactions

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    Dobson, John

    2014-03-01

    van der Waals (vdW, dispersion) interactions are important in diverse areas such as colloid, surface and nano science, cohesion of molecular crystals, and biomolecular science. They also provide competition in experiments to discover the fifth fundamental force.While vdW interactions have been understood in principle for a century, their quantitative first-principles prediction and modelling down to chemical contact separations have proven stubbornly difficult because the quantal many-electron problem is involved. After some brief historical material, the current state of the art will be discussed with particular reference to several approaches: pairwise additive, perturbative quantum chemical, vdW-DF, Lifshitz-like scattering, RPA-like, Adiabatic Connection Fluctuation Dissipation / Time Dependent DFT based etc.. A potentially useful classification will be introduced to aid in understanding the physical causes of departures from pairwise additivity, that is from the usual sum of C6R-6 contributions. These departures result in non-standard power law decays of nanostructure vdW interactions as a function of separation D, as well as surprising dependences of the attraction on the number, N, of atoms within each vdW-interacting fragment. Some further recent results on non-additivity will also be presented. Work supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

  4. Van der Waals Interactions in Aspirin

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    Reilly, Anthony; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2015-03-01

    The ability of molecules to yield multiple solid forms, or polymorphs, has significance for diverse applications ranging from drug design and food chemistry to nonlinear optics and hydrogen storage. In particular, aspirin has been used and studied for over a century, but has only recently been shown to have an additional polymorphic form, known as form II. Since the two observed solid forms of aspirin are degenerate in terms of lattice energy, kinetic effects have been suggested to determine the metastability of the less abundant form II. Here, first-principles calculations provide an alternative explanation based on free-energy differences at room temperature. The explicit consideration of many-body van der Waals interactions in the free energy demonstrates that the stability of the most abundant form of aspirin is due to a subtle coupling between collective electronic fluctuations and quantized lattice vibrations. In addition, a systematic analysis of the elastic properties of the two forms of aspirin rules out mechanical instability of form II as making it metastable.

  5. Van der Waals interaction in uniaxial anisotropic media

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    Kornilovitch, Pavel E.

    2013-01-01

    Van der Waals interactions between flat surfaces in uniaxial anisotropic media are investigated in the nonretarded limit. The main focus is the effect of nonzero tilt between the optical axis and the surface normal on the strength of the van der Waals attraction. General expressions for the van der Waals free energy are derived using the surface mode method and the transfer-matrix formalism. To facilitate numerical calculations a temperature-dependent three-band parameterization of the dielectric tensor of the liquid crystal 5CB is developed. A solid slab immersed in a liquid crystal experiences a van der Waals torque that aligns the surface normal relative to the optical axis of the medium. The preferred orientation is different for different materials. Two solid slabs in close proximity experience a van der Waals attraction that is strongest for homeotropic alignment of the intervening liquid crystal for all the materials studied. The results have implications for the stability of plate-like colloids in liquid crystal hosts.

  6. Van der Waals interaction in uniaxial anisotropic media.

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    Kornilovitch, Pavel E

    2013-01-23

    Van der Waals interactions between flat surfaces in uniaxial anisotropic media are investigated in the nonretarded limit. The main focus is the effect of nonzero tilt between the optical axis and the surface normal on the strength of the van der Waals attraction. General expressions for the van der Waals free energy are derived using the surface mode method and the transfer-matrix formalism. To facilitate numerical calculations a temperature-dependent three-band parameterization of the dielectric tensor of the liquid crystal 5CB is developed. A solid slab immersed in a liquid crystal experiences a van der Waals torque that aligns the surface normal relative to the optical axis of the medium. The preferred orientation is different for different materials. Two solid slabs in close proximity experience a van der Waals attraction that is strongest for homeotropic alignment of the intervening liquid crystal for all the materials studied. The results have implications for the stability of plate-like colloids in liquid crystal hosts. PMID:23234868

  7. van der Waals interactions between excited atoms in generic environments

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    Barcellona, Pablo; Passante, Roberto; Rizzuto, Lucia; Buhmann, Stefan Yoshi

    2016-07-01

    We consider the van der Waals force involving excited atoms in general environments, constituted by magnetodielectric bodies. We develop a dynamical approach studying the dynamics of the atoms and the field, mutually coupled. When only one atom is excited, our dynamical theory suggests that for large distances the van der Waals force acting on the ground-state atom is monotonic, while the force acting in the excited atom is spatially oscillating. We show how this latter force can be related to the known oscillating Casimir-Polder force on an excited atom near a (ground-state) body. Our force also reveals a population-induced dynamics: for times much larger that the atomic lifetime the atoms will decay to their ground states leading to the van der Waals interaction between ground-state atoms.

  8. Van der Waals interaction-tuned heat transfer in nanostructures

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    Sun, Tao; Wang, Jianxiang; Kang, Wei

    2012-12-01

    Interfaces usually impede heat transfer in heterogeneous structures. Recent experiments show that van der Waals (vdW) interactions can significantly enhance thermal conductivity parallel to the interface of a bundle of nanoribbons compared to a single layer of freestanding nanoribbon. In this paper, by simulating heat transfer in nanostructures based on a model of nonlinear one-dimensional lattices interacting via van der Waals interactions, we show that the vdW interface interaction can adjust the thermal conductivity parallel to the interface. The efficiency of the adjustment depends on the intensity of interactions and temperature. The nonlinear dependence of the conductivity on the intensity of interactions agrees well with experimental results for carbon nanotube bundles, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, multi-layer graphene, and nanoribbons.

  9. Van der Waals and Casimir-Polder interactions between neutrons

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    Babb, James F.; Hussein, Mahir S.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the van der Waals interaction between neutrons using the theory of Casimir and Polder, wherein the potential for asymptotically large separations falls off as the inverse seventh power, and compare it to the similar interaction between a neutron and a proton, for which the asymptotic interaction falls off as the inverse fourth power. Modifications of the formalism to extend the validity to smaller separations using dynamic electric and magnetic dipole polarizability data are discussed.

  10. Spin-Flavor van der Waals Forces and NN interaction

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    Alvaro Calle Cordon, Enrique Ruiz Arriola

    2011-12-01

    A major goal in Nuclear Physics is the derivation of the Nucleon-Nucleon (NN) interaction from Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). In QCD the fundamental degrees of freedom are colored quarks and gluons which are confined to form colorless strongly interacting hadrons. Because of this the resulting nuclear forces at sufficiently large distances correspond to spin-flavor excitations, very much like the dipole excitations generating the van der Waals (vdW) forces acting between atoms. We study the Nucleon-Nucleon interaction in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation at second order in perturbation theory including the Delta resonance as an intermediate state. The potential resembles strongly chiral potentials computed either via soliton models or chiral perturbation theory and has a van der Waals like singularity at short distances which is handled by means of renormalization techniques. Results for the deuteron are discussed.

  11. Impact of van der Waals Interactions on Single Asperity Friction

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    Lessel, Matthias; Loskill, Peter; Hausen, Florian; Gosvami, Nitya Nand; Bennewitz, Roland; Jacobs, Karin

    2013-07-01

    Single asperity measurements on Si wafers with variable SiO2 layer thickness, yet identical roughness, revealed the influence of van der Waals (vdW) interactions on friction: on thin (1 nm) SiO2 layers, higher friction and jump-off forces were observed as compared to thick (150 nm) SiO2 layers. The vdW interactions were additionally controlled by a set of silanized Si wafers, exhibiting the same trend. The experimental results demonstrate the influence of the subsurface material and are quantitatively described by combining calculations of interactions of the involved materials and the Derjaguin-Müller-Toporov model.

  12. Impact of van der Waals interactions on single asperity friction.

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    Lessel, Matthias; Loskill, Peter; Hausen, Florian; Gosvami, Nitya Nand; Bennewitz, Roland; Jacobs, Karin

    2013-07-19

    Single asperity measurements on Si wafers with variable SiO(2) layer thickness, yet identical roughness, revealed the influence of van der Waals (vdW) interactions on friction: on thin (1 nm) SiO(2) layers, higher friction and jump-off forces were observed as compared to thick (150 nm) SiO(2) layers. The vdW interactions were additionally controlled by a set of silanized Si wafers, exhibiting the same trend. The experimental results demonstrate the influence of the subsurface material and are quantitatively described by combining calculations of interactions of the involved materials and the Derjaguin-Müller-Toporov model. PMID:23909336

  13. Ionized van-der-Waals systems: Structure and interactions

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    Zuelicke, L.

    1996-12-31

    Ions of molecular systems with internal interactions partly of van-der-Waals type differ significantly from their neutral parent species in binding, structure and dynamics. Theoretical knowledge is still rather scarce. The paper discusses some recent advances from theoretical work in the field concerning (i) electronic and geometric structure of triatomic rare-gas containing cations like Ar{sub 3}{sup +} and ArHCI{sup +}, in ground and excited electronic states; (ii) potential energy surfaces for the interaction of H{sup +} or H{sup -} with diatomic molecules, in ground and excited electronic states; (iii) some features of the dynamics of these systems.

  14. van der Waals interaction as a summable asymptotic series

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    Perdew, John P.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Sun, Jianwei; Glindmeyer, Stephen; Csonka, Gabor I.

    2012-12-01

    The dynamic multipole polarizabilities and thus the second-order van der Waals coefficients C2k of all orders are known exactly for the interaction between two classical spherical conducting shells, each of uniform electron density ρ with outer radius R and thickness t. The result is C2k=-ck(t/R)4πρ[(2R)2]k. The ck approach a limiting constant value, so the infinite series for the van der Waals interaction at separation d, -C6/d6-C8/d8-⋯, can be summed analytically, diverging only for d≤2R. This divergence can be removed without changing the asymptotic series. Real quasispherical objects like nanoclusters, fullerenes, and even atoms can be approximated by this spherical-shell model, with R fixed by the true static dipole polarizability. Once t/R is fixed, all the higher coefficients are determined by just C6 and C8. Finally, we compare the exact C2k to those from a pair interaction model, which works for solid spheres (t=R) but not for fullerenes.

  15. Van der Waals Interactions in Density Functional Theory: Intermolecular Complexes

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    Kannemann, Felix; Becke, Axel

    2010-03-01

    Conventional density functional theory (GGA and hybrid functionals) fails to account for dispersion interactions and is therefore not applicable to systems where van der Waals interactions play a dominant role, such as intermolecular complexes and biomolecules. The exchange-hole dipole moment (XDM) dispersion model of Becke and Johnson [A. D. Becke and E. R. Johnson, J. Chem. Phys. 127, 154108 (2007)] corrects for this deficiency. We have previously shown that the XDM dispersion model can be combined with standard GGA functionals (PW86 for exchange and PBE for correlation) to give accurate binding energy curves for rare-gas diatomics [F. O. Kannemann and A. D. Becke, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 5, 719 (2009)]. Here we present further tests of the GGA-XDM method using benchmark sets including hydrogen bonding, electrostatic, dispersion and stacking interactions, and systems ranging from rare-gas diatomics to biomolecular complexes.

  16. Body-assisted van der Waals interaction between two atoms

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    Safari, Hassan; Buhmann, Stefan Yoshi; Welsch, Dirk-Gunnar; Ho Trung Dung

    2006-10-15

    Using fourth-order perturbation theory, a general formula for the van der Waals potential of two neutral, unpolarized, ground-state atoms in the presence of an arbitrary arrangement of dispersing and absorbing magnetodielectric bodies is derived. The theory is applied to two atoms in bulk material and in front of a planar multilayer system, with special emphasis on the cases of a perfectly reflecting plate and a semi-infinite half space. It is demonstrated that the enhancement and reduction of the two-atom interaction due to the presence of a perfectly reflecting plate can be understood, at least in the nonretarded limit, by using the method of image charges. For the semi-infinite half space, both analytical and numerical results are presented.

  17. Peptide folding driven by Van der Waals interactions.

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    Sung, Shen-Shu

    2015-09-01

    Contrary to the widespread view that hydrogen bonding and its entropy effect play a dominant role in protein folding, folding into helical and hairpin-like structures is observed in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations without hydrogen bonding in the peptide-solvent system. In the widely used point charge model, hydrogen bonding is calculated as part of the interaction between atomic partial charges. It is removed from these simulations by setting atomic charges of the peptide and water to zero. Because of the structural difference between the peptide and water, van der Waals (VDW) interactions favor peptide intramolecular interactions and are a major contributing factor to the structural compactness. These compact structures are amino acid sequence dependent and closely resemble standard secondary structures, as a consequence of VDW interactions and covalent bonding constraints. Hydrogen bonding is a short range interaction and it locks the approximate structure into the specific secondary structure when it is included in the simulation. In contrast to standard molecular simulations where the total energy is dominated by charge-charge interactions, these simulation results will give us a new view of the folding mechanism. PMID:26013298

  18. Tuning the van der Waals Interaction of Graphene with Molecules via Doping

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    Huttmann, Felix; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Caciuc, Vasile; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Schumacher, Stefan; Standop, Sebastian; Hamada, Ikutaro; Wehling, Tim O.; Blügel, Stefan; Michely, Thomas

    2015-12-01

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy to visualize and thermal desorption spectroscopy to quantitatively measure that the binding of naphthalene molecules to graphene, a case of pure van der Waals interaction, strengthens with n and weakens with p doping of graphene. Density-functional theory calculations that include the van der Waals interaction in a seamless, ab initio way accurately reproduce the observed trend in binding energies. Based on a model calculation, we propose that the van der Waals interaction is modified by changing the spatial extent of graphene's π orbitals via doping.

  19. Tuning the van der Waals Interaction of Graphene with Molecules via Doping.

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    Huttmann, Felix; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J; Caciuc, Vasile; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Schumacher, Stefan; Standop, Sebastian; Hamada, Ikutaro; Wehling, Tim O; Blügel, Stefan; Michely, Thomas

    2015-12-01

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy to visualize and thermal desorption spectroscopy to quantitatively measure that the binding of naphthalene molecules to graphene, a case of pure van der Waals interaction, strengthens with n and weakens with p doping of graphene. Density-functional theory calculations that include the van der Waals interaction in a seamless, ab initio way accurately reproduce the observed trend in binding energies. Based on a model calculation, we propose that the van der Waals interaction is modified by changing the spatial extent of graphene's π orbitals via doping. PMID:26684126

  20. Effects of van der Waals interaction on nanoparticle adsorption

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    Poddar, Nitun; Amar, Jacques

    2014-03-01

    The results of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations carried out using an all-atom model in order to understand the structure, diffusion, and binding of dodecanethiol (DDT)-coated Au nanoparticles (NPs) at the toluene-air interface are presented. We find that due to the strong attraction between DDT and toluene, the NP lies mainly below the interface. As a result, the coefficient for diffusion along the interface is close to the Stokes-Einstein prediction for 3D bulk diffusion. We also find that, due to the small ratio of ligand length to NP diameter, there is little spontaneous asymmetry in the NP coating. We have also used our MD results along with analytical expressions for the van der Waals (VdW) interactions to estimate corrections to the adsorption energy for DDT-coated Au NPs at the toluene-vapor interface as well as for alkanethiol-coated NPs at the water-vapor interface. In both cases, we find that the core-solvent interaction may significantly reduce the binding energy. We also find that the competition between this interaction and short-range attraction to the interface leads to well-defined activation barriers for interfacial desorption as well as for NP adsorption from the solvent. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. CHE-1012896.

  1. Inflationary magnetogenesis, derivative couplings, and relativistic Van der Waals interactions

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    Giovannini, Massimo

    2015-08-01

    When the gauge fields have derivative couplings to scalars, like in the case of the relativistic theory of Van der Waals (or Casimir-Polder) interactions, conformal invariance is broken but the magnetic and electric susceptibilities are not bound to coincide. We analyze the formation of large-scale magnetic fields in slow-roll inflation and find that they are generated at the level of a few hundredths of a nG and over typical length scales between few Mpc and 100 Mpc. Using a new time parametrization that reduces to conformal time but only for coincident susceptibilities, the gauge action is quantized while the evolution equations of the corresponding mode functions are more easily solvable. The power spectra depend on the normalized rates of variation of the two susceptibilities (or of the corresponding gauge couplings) and on the absolute value of their ratio at the beginning of inflation. We pin down explicit regions in the parameter space where all the physical requirements (i.e., the backreaction constraints, the magnetogenesis bounds and the naturalness of the initial conditions of the scenario) are jointly satisfied. Weakly coupled initial data are favored if the gauge couplings are of the same order at the end of inflation. Duality is systematically used to simplify the analysis of the wide parameter space of the model.

  2. The van der Waals interactions in rare-gas dimers: the role of interparticle interactions.

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    Chen, Yu-Ting; Hui, Kerwin; Chai, Jeng-Da

    2016-01-28

    We investigate the potential energy curves of rare-gas dimers with various ranges and strengths of interparticle interactions (nuclear-electron, electron-electron, and nuclear-nuclear interactions). Our investigation is based on the highly accurate coupled-cluster theory associated with those interparticle interactions. For comparison, the performances of the corresponding Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and density functional theory are also investigated. Our results reveal that when the interparticle interactions retain the long-range Coulomb tails, the nature of van der Waals interactions in the rare-gas dimers remains similar. By contrast, when the interparticle interactions are sufficiently short-range, the conventional van der Waals interactions in the rare-gas dimers completely disappear, yielding purely repulsive potential energy curves. PMID:26738722

  3. Van der Waals interactions and the limits of isolated atom models at interfaces

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    Kawai, Shigeki; Foster, Adam S.; Björkman, Torbjörn; Nowakowska, Sylwia; Björk, Jonas; Canova, Filippo Federici; Gade, Lutz H.; Jung, Thomas A.; Meyer, Ernst

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals forces are among the weakest, yet most decisive interactions governing condensation and aggregation processes and the phase behaviour of atomic and molecular matter. Understanding the resulting structural motifs and patterns has become increasingly important in studies of the nanoscale regime. Here we measure the paradigmatic van der Waals interactions represented by the noble gas atom pairs Ar–Xe, Kr–Xe and Xe–Xe with a Xe-functionalized tip of an atomic force microscope at low temperature. Individual rare gas atoms were fixed at node sites of a surface-confined two-dimensional metal–organic framework. We found that the magnitude of the measured force increased with the atomic radius, yet detailed simulation by density functional theory revealed that the adsorption induced charge redistribution strengthened the van der Waals forces by a factor of up to two, thus demonstrating the limits of a purely atomic description of the interaction in these representative systems. PMID:27174162

  4. Van der Waals interactions and the limits of isolated atom models at interfaces

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    Kawai, Shigeki; Foster, Adam S.; Björkman, Torbjörn; Nowakowska, Sylwia; Björk, Jonas; Canova, Filippo Federici; Gade, Lutz H.; Jung, Thomas A.; Meyer, Ernst

    2016-05-01

    Van der Waals forces are among the weakest, yet most decisive interactions governing condensation and aggregation processes and the phase behaviour of atomic and molecular matter. Understanding the resulting structural motifs and patterns has become increasingly important in studies of the nanoscale regime. Here we measure the paradigmatic van der Waals interactions represented by the noble gas atom pairs Ar-Xe, Kr-Xe and Xe-Xe with a Xe-functionalized tip of an atomic force microscope at low temperature. Individual rare gas atoms were fixed at node sites of a surface-confined two-dimensional metal-organic framework. We found that the magnitude of the measured force increased with the atomic radius, yet detailed simulation by density functional theory revealed that the adsorption induced charge redistribution strengthened the van der Waals forces by a factor of up to two, thus demonstrating the limits of a purely atomic description of the interaction in these representative systems.

  5. Van der Waals interactions and the limits of isolated atom models at interfaces.

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    Kawai, Shigeki; Foster, Adam S; Björkman, Torbjörn; Nowakowska, Sylwia; Björk, Jonas; Canova, Filippo Federici; Gade, Lutz H; Jung, Thomas A; Meyer, Ernst

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals forces are among the weakest, yet most decisive interactions governing condensation and aggregation processes and the phase behaviour of atomic and molecular matter. Understanding the resulting structural motifs and patterns has become increasingly important in studies of the nanoscale regime. Here we measure the paradigmatic van der Waals interactions represented by the noble gas atom pairs Ar-Xe, Kr-Xe and Xe-Xe with a Xe-functionalized tip of an atomic force microscope at low temperature. Individual rare gas atoms were fixed at node sites of a surface-confined two-dimensional metal-organic framework. We found that the magnitude of the measured force increased with the atomic radius, yet detailed simulation by density functional theory revealed that the adsorption induced charge redistribution strengthened the van der Waals forces by a factor of up to two, thus demonstrating the limits of a purely atomic description of the interaction in these representative systems. PMID:27174162

  6. Measurement of the van der Waals interaction by atom trajectory imaging

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    Thaicharoen, N.; Schwarzkopf, A.; Raithel, G.

    2015-10-01

    We study the repulsive van der Waals interaction of cold rubidium 70 S1 /2 Rydberg atoms by analysis of time-delayed pair-correlation functions. After excitation, Rydberg atoms are allowed to accelerate under the influence of the van der Waals force. Their positions are then measured using a single-atom imaging technique. From the average pair-correlation function of the atom positions we obtain the initial atom-pair separation and the terminal velocity, which yield the van der Waals interaction coefficient C6. The measured C6 value agrees well with calculations. The experimental method has been validated by simulations. The data hint at anisotropy in the overall expansion, caused by the shape of the excitation volume. Our measurement implies that the interacting entities are individual Rydberg atoms, not groups of atoms that coherently share a Rydberg excitation.

  7. Van der Waals interactions among alkali Rydberg atoms with excitonic states

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    Zoubi, Hashem

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the influence of the appearance of excitonic states on van der Waals interactions among two Rydberg atoms. The atoms are assumed to be in different Rydberg states, e.g., in the | {ns}> and | {np}> states. The resonant dipole-dipole interactions yield symmetric and antisymmetric excitons, with energy splitting that give rise to new resonances as the atoms approach each other. Only away from these resonances can the van der Waals coefficients, C6sp, be defined. We calculate the C6 coefficients for alkali atoms and present the results for lithium by applying perturbation theory. At short interatomic distances of several μ {{m}}, we show that the widely used simple model of two-level systems for excitons in Rydberg atoms breaks down, and the correct representation implies multi-level atoms. Even though, at larger distances one can keep the two-level systems but in including van der Waals interactions among the atoms .

  8. Dynamical screening of the van der Waals interaction between graphene layers.

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    Dappe, Y J; Bolcatto, P G; Ortega, J; Flores, F

    2012-10-24

    The interaction between graphene layers is analyzed combining local orbital DFT and second order perturbation theory. For this purpose we use the linear combination of atomic orbitals-orbital occupancy (LCAO-OO) formalism, that allows us to separate the interaction energy as the sum of a weak chemical interaction between graphene layers plus the van der Waals interaction (Dappe et al 2006 Phys. Rev. B 74 205434). In this work, the weak chemical interaction is calculated by means of corrected-LDA calculations using an atomic-like sp(3)d(5) basis set. The van der Waals interaction is calculated by means of second order perturbation theory using an atom-atom interaction approximation and the atomic-like-orbital occupancies. We also analyze the effect of dynamical screening in the van der Waals interaction using a simple model. We find that this dynamical screening reduces by 40% the van der Waals interaction. Taking this effect into account, we obtain a graphene-graphene interaction energy of 70 ± 5 meV/atom in reasonable agreement with the experimental evidence. PMID:23032606

  9. Dynamical screening of the van der Waals interaction between graphene layers

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    Dappe, Y. J.; Bolcatto, P. G.; Ortega, J.; Flores, F.

    2012-10-01

    The interaction between graphene layers is analyzed combining local orbital DFT and second order perturbation theory. For this purpose we use the linear combination of atomic orbitals-orbital occupancy (LCAO-OO) formalism, that allows us to separate the interaction energy as the sum of a weak chemical interaction between graphene layers plus the van der Waals interaction (Dappe et al 2006 Phys. Rev. B 74 205434). In this work, the weak chemical interaction is calculated by means of corrected-LDA calculations using an atomic-like sp3d5 basis set. The van der Waals interaction is calculated by means of second order perturbation theory using an atom-atom interaction approximation and the atomic-like-orbital occupancies. We also analyze the effect of dynamical screening in the van der Waals interaction using a simple model. We find that this dynamical screening reduces by 40% the van der Waals interaction. Taking this effect into account, we obtain a graphene-graphene interaction energy of 70 ± 5 meV/atom in reasonable agreement with the experimental evidence.

  10. General theory based on fluctuational electrodynamics for van der Waals interactions in colloidal systems

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    Yannopapas, Vassilios

    2007-12-15

    A rigorous theory for the determination of the van der Waals interactions in colloidal systems is presented. The method is based on fluctuational electrodynamics and a multiple-scattering method which provides the electromagnetic Green's tensor. In particular, expressions for the Green's tensor are presented for arbitrary, finite collections of colloidal particles, for infinitely periodic or defected crystals, as well as for finite slabs of crystals. The presented formalism allows for ab initio calculations of the van der Waals interactions in colloidal systems since it takes fully into account retardation, many-body, multipolar, and near-field effects.

  11. Understanding the nanoscale local buckling behavior of vertically aligned MWCNT arrays with van der Waals interactions.

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    Li, Yupeng; Kim, Hyung-ick; Wei, Bingqing; Kang, Junmo; Choi, Jae-boong; Nam, Jae-Do; Suhr, Jonghwan

    2015-09-14

    The local buckling behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) has been investigated and interpreted in the view of a collective nanotube response by taking van der Waals interactions into account. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the case of collective VACNT behavior regarding van der Waals force among nanotubes as a lateral support effect during the buckling process. The local buckling propagation and development of VACNTs were experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed by employing finite element modeling with lateral support from van der Waals interactions among nanotubes. Both experimental and theoretical analyses show that VACNTs buckled in the bottom region with many short waves and almost identical wavelengths, indicating a high mode buckling. Furthermore, the propagation and development mechanism of buckling waves follow the wave damping effect. PMID:26242771

  12. Quantum vacuum photon modes and repulsive Lifshitz-van der Waals interactions

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    Dellieu, Louis; Deparis, Olivier; Muller, Jérôme; Kolaric, Branko; Sarrazin, Michaël

    2015-12-01

    The bridge between quantum vacuum photon modes and properties of patterned surfaces is currently being established on solid theoretical grounds. Based on these foundations, the manipulation of quantum vacuum photon modes in a nanostructured cavity is theoretically shown to be able to change the Lifshitz-van der Waals forces from attractive to repulsive regime. Since this concept relies on surface nanopatterning instead of chemical composition changes, it drastically relaxes the usual conditions for achieving repulsive Lifshitz-van der Waals forces. As a case study, the potential interaction energy between a nanopatterned polyethylene slab and a flat polyethylene slab with water as the intervening medium is calculated. Extremely small corrugation heights (<10 nm) are shown to be able to change the Lifshitz-van der Waals force from attractive to repulsive, the interaction strength being controlled by the corrugation height. This new approach could lead to various applications in surface science.

  13. Understanding the nanoscale local buckling behavior of vertically aligned MWCNT arrays with van der Waals interactions

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    Li, Yupeng; Kim, Hyung-Ick; Wei, Bingqing; Kang, Junmo; Choi, Jae-Boong; Nam, Jae-Do; Suhr, Jonghwan

    2015-08-01

    The local buckling behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) has been investigated and interpreted in the view of a collective nanotube response by taking van der Waals interactions into account. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the case of collective VACNT behavior regarding van der Waals force among nanotubes as a lateral support effect during the buckling process. The local buckling propagation and development of VACNTs were experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed by employing finite element modeling with lateral support from van der Waals interactions among nanotubes. Both experimental and theoretical analyses show that VACNTs buckled in the bottom region with many short waves and almost identical wavelengths, indicating a high mode buckling. Furthermore, the propagation and development mechanism of buckling waves follow the wave damping effect.The local buckling behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) has been investigated and interpreted in the view of a collective nanotube response by taking van der Waals interactions into account. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the case of collective VACNT behavior regarding van der Waals force among nanotubes as a lateral support effect during the buckling process. The local buckling propagation and development of VACNTs were experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed by employing finite element modeling with lateral support from van der Waals interactions among nanotubes. Both experimental and theoretical analyses show that VACNTs buckled in the bottom region with many short waves and almost identical wavelengths, indicating a high mode buckling. Furthermore, the propagation and development mechanism of buckling waves follow the wave damping effect. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03581c

  14. Van der Waals interactions in density functional theory

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    Langreth, David C.

    2009-03-01

    The van der Waals density functional which we introduced half a decade agoootnotetextM. Dion et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004). and its self-consistent generalizationootnotetextT. Thonhauser et al., Phys. Rev. B 76, 125112 (2007). will be briefly reviewed. There are many collaborators in the application review that will follow, not only those who worked in the physics department at Rutgers% ootnotetextMaxime Dion, Aaron Puzder, T. Thonhauser, Valentino R. Cooper, Shen Li, Eamonn Murray, Lingzhu Kong, and Kyuho Lee. and at Chalmers,% ootnotetextHenrik Rydberg, Svetla Chakarova-K"ack, Jesper Kleis, Elsebeth Schr"oder, Per Hyldgaard, and Bengt I. Lundqvist. but also at Denmarks Technical University,% ootnotetextAndrei Kelkkanen, Poul G. Moses, Jesper Kleis, and Bengt I. Lundqvist. the chemistry department at Rutgers,% ootnotetextKonhoa Li, Jing Li, Yves Chabal, and Wilma K. Olson. and most recently at the University of Texas at Dallas.% ootnotetextNour Nijem and Yves Chabal. I will expand on our recent review article,ootnotetextD. C. Langreth et al., J. Phys. Cond. Mat. (in press). which hopefully will be published before the present talk, and include applications by other groups not listed below. If possible, I will also review results from a more recent collaboration to study nucleosomal DNA and beyond.

  15. Bonded Paths and van der Waals Interactions in Orpiment, As2S3

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    Gibbs, Gerald V.; Wallace, Adam F.; Zallen, Richard; Downs, R. T.; Ross, Nancy L.; Cox, David F.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2010-06-17

    Bond critical properties and bond paths have been calculated for the thioarsenide molecular crystal orpiment, As2S3. In addition to the intramolecular As-S bond paths and van der Waals As-S and S-S bond paths within the layers, intermolecular S-S, As-S and As-As van der Waals paths exist between the layers. The S-S bond paths between the layers are identified with the main interlayer restoring forces responsible for the vibrational internal-mode splitting and the low frequency rigid layer modes previously documented in infrared and Raman studies of orpiment. These S-S bond paths are comparable with those calculated for orthorhombic native sulfur and the As4Sn (n = 3,4,5) molecules for several arsenide molecular crystals. The As-S bond paths show that the two nonequivalent arsenic atoms are each coordinated by a highly distorted octahedral array of sulfur atoms. The octahedra consist of three As-S intramolecular bonded interactions and three longer van der Waals interactions (two intramolecular and one intermolecular). One of the arsenic atoms is also coordinated by an arsenic atom in an interlayer As-As bonded interaction. Laplacian isosurface envelopes calculated for the arsenic and sulfur atoms are comparable with those calculated for native arsenic and orthorhombic sulfur. The intermolecular As-S bond paths connect Lewis acid domains on arsenic and an Lewis base domains on sulfur. Van der Waals interactions are traditionally defined as attractive interactions other than those ascribed to bond formation. However, theoretical evidence and arguments, as well as the connection between the bond paths and the vibrational spectra, indicate that the van der Waals interactions in orpiment are directed bonded interactions in the Slater sense. The experimental bond lengths for the As-S and S-S bonded interactions decrease nonlinearly with the increasing value of the electron density at the bond critical point, concomitant with a decrease in the bonded radii of arsenic and

  16. Dynamics of Gold Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanostructures Driven by van der Waals and Electrostatic Interactions.

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    La Torre, Alessandro; Gimenez-Lopez, Maria del Carmen; Fay, Michael W; Lucas, Carlos Herreros; Brown, Paul D; Khlobystov, Andrei N

    2015-06-01

    Transmission electron microscopy studies on the assembly and growth of gold nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes supported on few-layer graphene and amorphous carbon reveal a competition between van der Waals forces and electrostatic interactions, enabling controlled positioning and sizing of adsorbed nanoparticles at the nanochannels formed between the carbon nanotube and the few-layer graph-ene surface. PMID:25689488

  17. van der Waals Interactions on the Mesoscale: Open-Science Implementation, Anisotropy, Retardation, and Solvent Effects.

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    Dryden, Daniel M; Hopkins, Jaime C; Denoyer, Lin K; Poudel, Lokendra; Steinmetz, Nicole F; Ching, Wai-Yim; Podgornik, Rudolf; Parsegian, Adrian; French, Roger H

    2015-09-22

    The self-assembly of heterogeneous mesoscale systems is mediated by long-range interactions, including van der Waals forces. Diverse mesoscale architectures, built of optically and morphologically anisotropic elements such as DNA, collagen, single-walled carbon nanotubes, and inorganic materials, require a tool to calculate the forces, torques, interaction energies, and Hamaker coefficients that govern assembly in such systems. The mesoscale Lifshitz theory of van der Waals interactions can accurately describe solvent and temperature effects, retardation, and optically and morphologically anisotropic materials for cylindrical and planar interaction geometries. The Gecko Hamaker open-science software implementation of this theory enables new and sophisticated insights into the properties of important organic/inorganic systems: interactions show an extended range of magnitudes and retardation rates, DNA interactions show an imprint of base pair composition, certain SWCNT interactions display retardation-dependent nonmonotonicity, and interactions are mapped across a range of material systems in order to facilitate rational mesoscale design. PMID:25815562

  18. Van der Waals Forces

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    Parsegian, V. Adrian

    2006-03-01

    This should prove to be the definitive work explaining van der Waals forces, how to calculate them and take account of their impact under any circumstances and conditions. These weak intermolecular forces are of truly pervasive impact, and biologists, chemists, physicists and engineers will profit greatly from the thorough grounding in these fundamental forces that this book offers. Parsegian has organized his book at three successive levels of mathematical sophistication, to satisfy the needs and interests of readers at all levels of preparation. The Prelude and Level 1 are intended to give everyone an overview in words and pictures of the modern theory of van der Waals forces. Level 2 gives the formulae and a wide range of algorithms to let readers compute the van der Waals forces under virtually any physical or physiological conditions. Level 3 offers a rigorous basic formulation of the theory. Author is among the most highly respected biophysicists Van der Waals forces are significant for a wide range of questions and problems in the life sciences, chemistry, physics, and engineering, ranging up to the macro level No other book that develops the subject vigorously, and this book also makes the subject intuitively accessible to students who had not previously been mathematically sophisticated enough to calculate them

  19. The van der Waals interaction in one, two, and three dimensions

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    Ipsen, A. C.; Splittorff, K.

    2015-02-01

    The van der Waals interaction between two polarizable atoms is considered. In three dimensions, the standard form with an attractive 1/R6 potential is obtained from second-order quantum perturbation theory. When the electron motion is restricted to lower dimensions (but the 1/R Coulomb potential is retained), new terms in the expansion appear and alter both the sign and the R-dependence of the interaction.

  20. Application of diffusion Monte Carlo to materials dominated by van der Waals interactions

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    Benali, Anouar; Shulenburger, Luke; Romero, Nichols; Kim, Jeongnim; Von Lilienfeld, Anatole

    2014-01-01

    Van der Waals forces are notoriously difficult to account for from first principles. We perform extensive calculation to assess the usefulness and validity of diffusion quantum Monte Carlo when applied to van der Waals forces. We present results for noble gas solids and clusters - archetypical van der Waals dominated assemblies, as well as a relevant pi-pi stacking supramolecular complex: DNA + intercalating anti-cancer drug Ellipticine.

  1. Application of Diffusion Monte Carlo to Materials Dominated by van der Waals Interactions

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    Benali, Anouar; Shulenburger, Luke; Romero, Nichols A.; Kim, Jeongnim; von Lilienfeld, O. Anatole

    2014-06-12

    Van der Waals forces are notoriously difficult to account for from first principles. We perform extensive calculation to assess the usefulness and validity of diffusion quantum Monte Carlo when applied to van der Waals forces. We present results for noble gas solids and clusters - archetypical van der Waals dominated assemblies, as well as a relevant pi-pi stacking supramolecular complex: DNA + intercalating anti-cancer drug Ellipticine.

  2. Direct Measurement of the van der Waals Interaction between Two Rydberg Atoms

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    Béguin, L.; Vernier, A.; Chicireanu, R.; Lahaye, T.; Browaeys, A.

    2013-06-01

    We report the direct measurement of the van der Waals interaction between two isolated, single Rydberg atoms separated by a controlled distance of a few micrometers. Working in a regime where the single-atom Rabi frequency for excitation to the Rydberg state is comparable to the interaction, we observe partial Rydberg blockade, whereby the time-dependent populations of the various two-atom states exhibit coherent oscillations with several frequencies. Quantitative comparison of the data with a simple model based on the optical Bloch equations allows us to extract the van der Waals energy, and observe its characteristic C6/R6 dependence. The measured C6 coefficients agree well with ab initio calculations, and we observe their dramatic increase with the principal quantum number n of the Rydberg state.

  3. Study of van der Waals bonding and interactions in metal organic framework materials.

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    Zuluaga, Sebastian; Canepa, Pieremanuele; Tan, Kui; Chabal, Yves J; Thonhauser, Timo

    2014-04-01

    Metal organic framework (MOF) materials have attracted a lot of attention due to their numerous applications in fields such as hydrogen storage, carbon capture and gas sequestration. In all these applications, van der Waals forces dominate the interaction between the small guest molecules and the walls of the MOFs. In this review article, we describe how a combined theoretical and experimental approach can successfully be used to study those weak interactions and elucidate the adsorption mechanisms important for various applications. On the theory side, we show that, while standard density functional theory is not capable of correctly describing van der Waals interactions, functionals especially designed to include van der Waals forces exist, yielding results in remarkable agreement with experiment. From the experimental point of view, we show examples in which IR adsorption and Raman spectroscopy are essential to study molecule/MOF interactions. Importantly, we emphasize throughout this review that a combination of theory and experiment is crucial to effectively gain further understanding. In particular, we review such combined studies for the adsorption mechanism of small molecules in MOFs, the chemical stability of MOFs under humid conditions, water cluster formation inside MOFs, and the diffusion of small molecules into MOFs. The understanding of these phenomena is critical for the rational design of new MOFs with desired properties. PMID:24613989

  4. van der Waals forces in density functional theory: Perturbational long-range electron-interaction corrections

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    Angyan, Janos G.; Gerber, Iann C.; Savin, Andreas; Toulouse, Julien

    2005-07-15

    Long-range exchange and correlation effects, responsible for the failure of currently used approximate density functionals in describing van der Waals forces, are taken into account explicitly after a separation of the electron-electron interaction in the Hamiltonian into short- and long-range components. We propose a 'range-separated hybrid' functional based on a local density approximation for the short-range exchange-correlation energy, combined with a long-range exact exchange energy. Long-range correlation effects are added by a second-order perturbational treatment. The resulting scheme is general and is particularly well adapted to describe van der Waals complexes, such as rare gas dimers.

  5. Effect of van der Waals interactions on the structural and binding properties of GaSe

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    Sarkisov, Sergey Y.; Kosobutsky, Alexey V.; Shandakov, Sergey D.

    2015-12-01

    The influence of van der Waals interactions on the lattice parameters, band structure, elastic moduli and binding energy of layered GaSe compound has been studied using projector-augmented wave method within density functional theory. We employed the conventional local/semilocal exchange-correlation functionals and recently developed van der Waals functionals which are able to describe dispersion forces. It is found that application of van der Waals density functionals allows to substantially increase the accuracy of calculations of the lattice constants a and c and interlayer distance in GaSe at ambient conditions and under hydrostatic pressure. The pressure dependences of the a-parameter, Ga-Ga, Ga-Se bond lengths and Ga-Ga-Se bond angle are characterized by a relatively low curvature, while c(p) has a distinct downward bowing due to nonlinear shrinking of the interlayer spacing. From the calculated binding energy curves we deduce the interlayer binding energy of GaSe, which is found to be in the range 0.172-0.197 eV/layer (14.2-16.2 meV/Å2).

  6. Stability of an attractive bosonic cloud with van der Waals interaction

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    Biswas, Anindya; Das, Tapan Kumar; Salasnich, Luca; Chakrabarti, Barnali

    2010-10-15

    We investigate the structure and stability of Bose-Einstein condensates of {sup 7}Li atoms with realistic van der Waals interactions by using the potential harmonic expansion method. Besides the known low-density metastable solution with a contact {delta}-function interaction, we find a stable branch at a higher density which corresponds to the formation of an atomic cluster. Comparison with the results of a nonlocal effective interaction is also presented. We analyze the effect of trap size on the transition between the two branches of solutions. We also compute the loss rate of a Bose condensate due to two- and three-body collisions.

  7. Evidence for strong van der Waals type Rydberg-Rydberg interaction in a thermal vapor.

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    Baluktsian, T; Huber, B; Löw, R; Pfau, T

    2013-03-22

    We present evidence for Rydberg-Rydberg interaction in a gas of rubidium atoms above room temperature. Rabi oscillations on the nanosecond time scale to different Rydberg states are investigated in a vapor cell experiment. Analyzing the atomic time evolution and comparing to a dephasing model, we find a scaling with the Rydberg quantum number n that is consistent with van der Waals interaction. Our results show that the interaction strength can be larger than the kinetic energy scale (Doppler width), which is the requirement for realization of thermal quantum devices in the GHz regime. PMID:25166800

  8. van der Waals torque

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    Esquivel-Sirvent, Raul; Schatz, George

    2014-03-01

    The theory of generalized van der Waals forces by Lifshtz when applied to optically anisotropic media predicts the existence of a torque. In this work we present a theoretical calculation of the van der Waals torque for two systems. First we consider two isotropic parallel plates where the anisotropy is induced using an external magnetic field. The anisotropy will in turn induce a torque. As a case study we consider III-IV semiconductors such as InSb that can support magneto plasmons. The calculations of the torque are done in the Voigt configuration, that occurs when the magnetic field is parallel to the surface of the slabs. The change in the dielectric function as the magnetic field increases has the effect of decreasing the van der Waals force and increasing the torque. Thus, the external magnetic field is used to tune both the force and torque. The second example we present is the use of the torque in the non retarded regime to align arrays of nano particle slabs. The torque is calculated within Barash and Ginzburg formalism in the nonretarded limit, and is quantified by the introduction of a Hamaker torque constant. Calculations are conducted between anisotropic slabs of materials including BaTiO3 and arrays of Ag nano particles. Depending on the shape and arrangement of the Ag nano particles the effective dielectric function of the array can be tuned as to make it more or less anisotropic. We show how this torque can be used in self assembly of arrays of nano particles. ref. R. Esquivel-Sirvent, G. C. Schatz, Phys. Chem C, 117, 5492 (2013). partial support from DGAPA-UNAM.

  9. EDITORIAL: Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C Langreth Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C Langreth

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    Hyldgaard, Per; Rahman, Talat S.

    2012-10-01

    The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in interest in exploring the role that van der Waals (vdW) or dispersion forces play in materials and in material behavior. Part of this stems from the obvious fact that vdW interactions (and other weak forces, such as Casimir) underpin molecular recognition, i.e., nature's approach to search for a match between genes and anti-genes and hence enable biological function. Less obvious is the recognition that vdW interactions affect a multitude of properties of a vast variety of materials in general, some of which also have strong technological applications. While for two atom- or orbital-sized material fragments the dispersive contributions to binding are small compared to those from the better known forms (ionic, covalent, metallic), those between sparse materials (spread over extended areas) can be of paramount importance. For example, an understanding of binding in graphite cannot arise solely from a study of the graphene layers individually, but also requires insight from inter-sheet graphene vdW bonding. It is the extended-area vdW bonding that provides sufficient cohesion to make graphite a robust, naturally occurring material. In fact, it is the vdW-bonded graphite, and not the all-covalently bonded diamond, that is the preferred form of pure carbon under ambient conditions. Also important is the understanding that vdW attraction can attain a dramatic relevance even if the material fragments, the building blocks, are not necessarily parallel from the outset or smooth when viewed in isolation (such as a graphene sheet or a carbon nanotube). This can happen if the building blocks have some softness and flexibility and allow an internal relative alignment to emerge. The vdW forces can then cause increasingly larger parts of the interacting fragments to line up at sub-nanometer separations and thus beget more areas with a sizable vdW bonding contribution. The gecko can scale a wall because it can bring its flexible hairs

  10. Rigidity transition in polymer melts with van der Waals interaction.

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    Wallace, Matthew L; Joós, Béla; Plischke, Michael

    2004-10-01

    We study the onset of rigidity near the glass transition (GT) in a short-chain polymer melt modelled by a bead-spring model, where all beads interact with Lennard-Jones potentials. The properties of the system are examined above and below the GT. In order to minimize high-cooling-rate effects and computational times, equilibrium configurations are reached via isothermal compression. We monitor quantities such as the heat capacity CP, the short-time diffusion constants D, the viscosity eta , and the shear modulus; the time-dependent shear modulus Gt is compared with the shear modulus mu obtained from an externally applied instantaneous shear. We give a detailed analysis of the effects of such shearing on the system, both locally and globally. It is found that the polymeric glass displays long-time rigid behavior only below a temperature T1 , where T1 < TG. Furthermore, the linear and nonlinear relaxation regimes under applied shear are discussed. PMID:15600413

  11. ARPES studies of van der Waals heterostructure

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    Wang, Eryin; Lu, Xiaobo; Chen, Guorui; Fedorov, Alexei V.; Zhang, Yuanbo; Zhang, Guangyu; Zhou, Shuyun

    Van der Waals heterostructures are a novel class of ``materials by design'' which are formed by stacking different two-dimensional crystals together via van der Waals interaction. The periodic potential by the Moir é superlattice can be used as a control knob for tuning the electronic properties of two dimensional materials and can induce various novel quantum phenomena. Here we report direct electronic structure studies the of a model van der Waals heterostructure using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Ministry of Education of China.

  12. Transition metals-graphene interaction: the role of the screened van der Waals energy

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    Ambrosetti, Alberto; Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi

    2015-03-01

    The interaction of graphene with transition metals is of particular interest for practical applications, which include for instance the efficient production of high-quality graphene. The accurate theoretical description of transition metals-graphene interfaces, however, is a particularly challenging problem due to the complex interplay between van der Waals (vdW) and hybridization effects. Here we apply the DFT/vdW-WF2s method, which allows to augment semi-local Density Functional Theory through the introduction of screened vdW interactions. Notably, we find that a reliable modeling of the van der Waals interaction should account for complex metal screening effects, that are due to the combined contributions of the p- and s-like quasi-free electrons, and the more localized d-states. The resulting geometry and energetic properties are in good agreement with experimental data and sophisticates theoretical calculations. Moreover, the Maximally Localized Wannier Functions underlying the DFT/vdW-WF2s method allow for an intuitive understanding of the complex binding mechanism.

  13. Direct measurement of the van der Waals interaction between two Rydberg atoms

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    Browaeys, A.

    2013-05-01

    This talk will report on the direct measurement of the van der Waals interaction between two isolated, single Rydberg atoms separated by a controlled distance of a few micrometers. By working in a regime where the single-atom Rabi frequency of the laser used for excitation to the Rydberg state is comparable to the interaction energy, we observe a partial Rydberg blockade, whereby the time-dependent populations of the various two-atom states exhibit coherent oscillations with several frequencies. A quantitative comparison of the data with a simple model based on the optical Bloch equations allows us to extract the van der Waals energy, and to observe its characteristic C6 /R6 dependence. The magnitude of the measured C6 coefficient agrees well with ab-initio calculations, and we observe its dramatic increase with the principal quantum number n of the Rydberg state. Our results demonstrate a good degree of experimental control, which opens interesting perspectives in quantum information processing and quantum simulation using long-range interactions between atoms.

  14. Van der Waals interactions between polymers with sequence-specific polarizabilities: Stiff polymers and Gaussian coils

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    Lu, Bing-Sui; Naji, Ali; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2016-01-01

    We consider the van der Waals interaction between a pair of polymers with quenched heterogeneous sequences of local polarizabilities along their backbones, and study the effective pairwise interaction energy for both stiff polymers and flexible Gaussian coils. In particular, we focus on the cases where the pair of polarizability sequences are (i) distinct and (ii) identical. We find that the pairwise interaction energies of distinct and identical Gaussian coils are both isotropic and exhibit the same decay behavior for separations larger than their gyration radius, in contradistinction to the orientationally anisotropic interaction energies of distinct and identical stiff polymers. For both Gaussian coils and stiff polymers, the attractive interaction between identical polymers is enhanced if the polarizability sequence is more heterogeneous.

  15. Adsorption by design: Tuning atom-graphene van der Waals interactions via mechanical strain

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    Nichols, Nathan S.; Del Maestro, Adrian; Wexler, Carlos; Kotov, Valeri N.

    2016-05-01

    We aim to understand how the van der Waals force between neutral adatoms and a graphene layer is modified by uniaxial strain and electron correlation effects. A detailed analysis is presented for three atoms (He, H, and Na) and graphene strain ranging from weak to moderately strong. We show that the van der Waals potential can be significantly enhanced by strain, and present applications of our results to the problem of elastic scattering of atoms from graphene. In particular, we find that quantum reflection can be significantly suppressed by strain, meaning that dissipative inelastic effects near the surface become of increased importance. Furthermore, we introduce a method to independently estimate the Lennard-Jones parameters used in an effective model of He interacting with graphene, and determine how they depend on strain. At short distances, we find that strain tends to reduce the interaction strength by pushing the location of the adsorption potential minima to higher distances above the deformed graphene sheet. This opens up the exciting possibility of mechanically engineering an adsorption potential, with implications for the formation and observation of anisotropic low-dimensional superfluid phases.

  16. Thioarsenides: A case for long-range Lewis acid-base-directed van der Waals interactions

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    Gibbs, Gerald V.; Wallace, Adam F.; Downs, R. T.; Ross, Nancy L.; Cox, David F.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2011-04-01

    Electron density distributions, bond paths, Laplacian and local energy density properties have been calculated for a number of As4Sn (n = 3,4,5) thioarsenide molecular crystals. On the basis of the distributions, the intramolecular As-S and As-As interactions classify as shared bonded interactions and the intermolecular As-S, As-As and S-S interactions classify as closed-shell van der Waals bonded interactions. The bulk of the intermolecular As-S bond paths link regions of locally concentrated electron density (Lewis base regions) with aligned regions of locally depleted electron density (Lewis acid regions) on adjacent molecules. The paths are comparable with intermolecular paths reported for several other molecular crystals that link aligned Lewis base and acid regions in a key-lock fashion, interactions that classified as long range Lewis acid-base directed van der Waals interactions. As the bulk of the intermolecular As-S bond paths (~70%) link Lewis acid-base regions on adjacent molecules, it appears that molecules adopt an arrangement that maximizes the number of As-S Lewis acid-base intermolecular bonded interactions. The maximization of the number of Lewis acid-base interactions appears to be connected with the close-packed array adopted by molecules: distorted cubic close-packed arrays are adopted for alacránite, pararealgar, uzonite, realgar and β-AsS and the distorted hexagonal close-packed arrays adopted by α- and β-dimorphite. A growth mechanism is proposed for thioarsenide molecular crystals from aqueous species that maximizes the number of long range Lewis acid-base vdW As-S bonded interactions with the resulting directed bond paths structuralizing the molecules as a molecular crystal.

  17. Causality, universality, and effective field theory for van der Waals interactions

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; König, Sebastian; Lee, Dean; Hammer, H.-W.

    2013-05-01

    We analyze low-energy scattering for arbitrary short-range interactions plus an attractive 1/r6 tail. We derive the constraints of causality and unitarity and find that the van der Waals length scale dominates over parameters characterizing the short-distance physics of the interaction. This separation of scales suggests a separate universality class for physics characterizing interactions with an attractive 1/r6 tail. We argue that a similar universality class exists for any attractive potential 1/rα for α⩾2. We also discuss the extension to multichannel systems near a magnetic Feshbach resonance. We discuss the implications for effective field theory with attractive singular power-law tails.

  18. An application of the van der Waals density functional: Hydrogen bonding and stacking interactions between nucleobases.

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    Cooper, Valentino R; Thonhauser, T; Langreth, David C

    2008-05-28

    We apply the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) to study hydrogen bonding and stacking interactions between nucleobases. The excellent agreement of our results with high level quantum chemical calculations highlights the value of the vdW-DF for first-principles investigations of biologically important molecules. Our results suggest that, in the case of hydrogen-bonded nucleobase pairs, dispersion interactions reduce the cost of propeller twists while having a negligible effect on buckling. Furthermore, the efficient scaling of DFT methods allowed for the easy optimization of separation distance between nucleobase stacks, indicating enhancements in the interaction energy of up to 3 kcalmol over previous fixed distance calculations. We anticipate that these results are significant for extending the vdW-DF method to model larger vdW complexes and biological molecules. PMID:18513005

  19. Wavelike charge density fluctuations and van der Waals interactions at the nanoscale.

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    Ambrosetti, Alberto; Ferri, Nicola; DiStasio, Robert A; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2016-03-11

    Recent experiments on noncovalent interactions at the nanoscale have challenged the basic assumptions of commonly used particle- or fragment-based models for describing van der Waals (vdW) or dispersion forces. We demonstrate that a qualitatively correct description of the vdW interactions between polarizable nanostructures over a wide range of finite distances can only be attained by accounting for the wavelike nature of charge density fluctuations. By considering a diverse set of materials and biological systems with markedly different dimensionalities, topologies, and polarizabilities, we find a visible enhancement in the nonlocality of the charge density response in the range of 10 to 20 nanometers. These collective wavelike fluctuations are responsible for the emergence of nontrivial modifications of the power laws that govern noncovalent interactions at the nanoscale. PMID:26965622

  20. Observation of Atom Wave Phase Shifts Induced by Van Der Waals Atom-Surface Interactions

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    Perreault, John D.; Cronin, Alexander D.

    2005-09-23

    The development of nanotechnology and atom optics relies on understanding how atoms behave and interact with their environment. Isolated atoms can exhibit wavelike (coherent) behavior with a corresponding de Broglie wavelength and phase which can be affected by nearby surfaces. Here an atom interferometer is used to measure the phase shift of Na atom waves induced by the walls of a 50 nm wide cavity. To our knowledge this is the first direct measurement of the de Broglie wave phase shift caused by atom-surface interactions. The magnitude of the phase shift is in agreement with that predicted by Lifshitz theory for a nonretarded van der Waals interaction. This experiment also demonstrates that atom waves can retain their coherence even when atom-surface distances are as small as 10 nm.

  1. Probing interlayer interactions in WS2 -graphene van der Waals heterostructures

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    Chung, Ting Fung; Yuan, Long; Huang, Libai; Chen, Yong P.

    Two-dimensional crystals based van der Waals coupled heterostructures are of interest owing to their potential applications for flexible and transparent electronics and optoelectronics. The interaction between the 2D layered crystals at the interfaces of these heterostructures is crucial in determining the overall performance and is strongly affected by contamination and interfacial strain. We have fabricated heterostructures consisting of atomically thin exfoliated WS2 and chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) graphene, and studied the interaction and coupling between the WS2 and graphene using atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and femtosecond transient absorption measurement (TAM). Information from Raman-active phonon modes allows us to estimate charge doping in graphene and interfacial strain on the crystals. Spatial imaging probed by TAM can be correlated to the heterostructure surface morphology measured by AFM and Raman maps of graphene and WS2, showing how the interlayer coupling alters exciton decay dynamics quantitatively.

  2. Quantum defect theory for the van der Waals plus dipole-dipole interaction

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    Wang, Gao-Ren; Xie, Ting; Huang, Yin; Zhang, Wei; Cong, Shu-Lin

    2012-12-01

    We investigate the scattering dynamics governed by the long-range van der Waals plus dipole-dipole interaction potential, -C6/R6-C3/R3, which describes the long-range interaction between two polar molecules in an electric field. In the spirit of quantum defect theory, a set of parameters which are nearly constants in the threshold regime is defined to characterize the scattering process. Using appropriate boundary conditions for the scattering wave functions and relevant parameters, we explore the quantum reflection by and quantum tunneling through the long-range potential. As a sample application, the reactive collision rates of 40K87Rb + 40K87Rb are calculated.

  3. Phase diagram of Rydberg atoms with repulsive van der Waals interaction

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    Osychenko, O. N.; Astrakharchik, G. E.; Boronat, J.; Lutsyshyn, Y.; Lozovik, Yu. E.

    2011-12-15

    We report a quantum Monte Carlo calculation of the phase diagram of bosons interacting with a repulsive inverse sixth power pair potential, a model for assemblies of Rydberg atoms in the local van der Waals blockade regime. The model can be parametrized in terms of just two parameters, the reduced density and temperature. Solidification happens to the fcc phase. At zero temperature, the transition density is found with the diffusion Monte Carlo method at density {rho}=3.9 (({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){sup 2}/mC{sub 6}){sup 3/4}, where C{sub 6} is the strength of the interaction. The solidification curve at nonzero temperature is studied with the path-integral Monte Carlo approach and is compared with transitions in corresponding harmonic and classical crystals. Relaxation mechanisms are considered in relation to present experiments.

  4. Ytterbium in quantum gases and atomic clocks: van der Waals interactions and blackbody shifts.

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    Safronova, M S; Porsev, S G; Clark, Charles W

    2012-12-01

    We evaluated the C(6) coefficients of Yb-Yb, Yb-alkali, and Yb-group II van der Waals interactions with 2% uncertainty. The only existing experimental result for such quantities is for the Yb-Yb dimer. Our value, C(6)=1929(39) a.u., is in excellent agreement with the recent experimental determination of 1932(35) a.u. We have also developed a new approach for the calculation of the dynamic correction to the blackbody radiation shift. We have calculated this quantity for the Yb 6s(2) (1)S(0)-6s6p (3)P(0)(o) clock transition with 3.5% uncertainty. This reduces the fractional uncertainty due to the blackbody radiation shift in the Yb optical clock at 300 K to the 10(-18) level. PMID:23368178

  5. Effect of van der Waals interactions on the stability of SiC polytypes

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    Kawanishi, Sakiko; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu

    2016-05-01

    Density functional theory calculations with a correction of the long-range dispersion force, namely, the van der Waals (vdW) force, are performed for SiC polytypes. The lattice parameters are in good agreement with those obtained from the experiments. Furthermore, the stability of the polytypes in the experiments, which show 3C-SiC as the most stable, is reproduced by the present calculations. The effects of the vdW force on the electronic structure and the stability of polytypes are discussed. We observe that the vdW interaction is more sensitive to the cubic site than the hexagonal site. Thus, the influence of the vdW force increases with decreasing the hexagonality of the polytype, which results in the confirmation that the most stable polytype is 3C-SiC.

  6. The role of van der Waals interactions in surface-supported supramolecular networks.

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    Nguyen, Manh-Thuong; Pignedoli, Carlo A; Treier, Matthias; Fasel, Roman; Passerone, Daniele

    2010-01-28

    The development of a detailed theoretical understanding of surface-supported supramolecular networks is important for designing novel organic nanodevices. By comparing with STM experiments, we show that van der Waals corrections to density functional theory (DFT) in the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) are mandatory to correctly reproduce the electronic and geometric structure of a prototypical system of this kind, the self-assembled hydrogen bonded network formed by 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) and 4,4''-diamino-p-terphenyl (DATP) deposited on Au(111). Our results reproduce both the network structure and its higher stability with respect to homomolecular networks. By successful comparison with the experiments, we demonstrate that dispersive interactions must be taken into account when rationally designing organic semiconductor nanostructures on a metallic substrate. DFT-GGA alone would fail in predicting geometric and electronic properties for weakly bounded large organic adsorbates on coinage metal surfaces. PMID:20066384

  7. Van der Waals Interactions and Dipole Blockade in a Cold Rydberg Gas Probed by Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Nguyen, Thanh Long; Celistrino Teixeira, Raul; Hermann Avigliano, Carla; Cantat Moltrecht, Tigrane; Raimond, Jean Michel; Haroche, Serge; Gleyzes, Sebastiens; Brune, Michel

    2016-05-01

    Dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg atoms are a flourishing tool for quantum information processing and for quantum simulation of complex many-body problems. Microwave spectroscopy of a dense Rydberg gas trapped close to a superconducting atom chip in the strong dipole blockade regime reveals directly the many-body atomic interaction spectrum. We present here a direct measurement of the interaction energy distribution in the strong dipole blockade regime, based on microwave spectroscopy. We first apply this method to the observation of the excitation dynamics of the Rydberg gas, conditioned by dipole-dipole interactions, in either the strong blockade regime or the so-called facilitation regime. We also observe with this method the atomic cloud expansion driven by the repulsive Van der Waals interaction after excitation. This measurement, in good agreement with Monte Carlo simulations of the excitation process and of the cloud dynamics, reveals the limits of the frozen gas approximation. This method can help investigate self-organization and dynamical phase transitions in Rydberg-atom based quantum simulators. This study thus opens a promising route for quantum simulation of many-body systems and quantum information transport in chains of strongly interacting Rydberg atom.

  8. Unusual role of epilayer–substrate interactions in determining orientational relations in van der Waals epitaxy

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    Liu, Lei; Siegel, David A.; Chen, Wei; Liu, Peizhi; Guo, Junjie; Duscher, Gerd; Zhao, Chong; Wang, Hao; Wang, Wenlong; Bai, Xuedong; McCarty, Kevin F.; Zhang, Zhenyu; Gu, Gong

    2014-01-01

    Using selected-area low-energy electron diffraction analysis, we showed strict orientational alignment of monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) crystallites with Cu(100) surface lattices of Cu foil substrates during atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition. In sharp contrast, the graphene–Cu(100) system is well-known to assume a wide range of rotations despite graphene’s crystallographic similarity to h-BN. Our density functional theory calculations uncovered the origin of this surprising difference: The crystallite orientation is determined during nucleation by interactions between the cluster’s edges and the substrate. Unlike the weaker B– and N–Cu interactions, strong C–Cu interactions rearrange surface Cu atoms, resulting in the aligned geometry not being a distinct minimum in total energy. The discovery made in this specific case runs counter to the conventional wisdom that strong epilayer–substrate interactions enhance orientational alignment in epitaxy and sheds light on the factors that determine orientational relation in van der Waals epitaxy of 2D materials. PMID:25385622

  9. van der Waals interaction between an atom and a spherical plasma shell

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    Khusnutdinov, Nail R.

    2011-03-15

    The van der Waals interaction energy of an atom with an infinitely thin sphere with finite conductivity is investigated in the framework of the hydrodynamic approach. Thin sphere models the fullerene. We put the sphere into a spherical cavity inside the infinite dielectric media then calculate the energy of vacuum fluctuations in the context of the {zeta}-function approach. The interaction energy for a single atom is obtained from this expression in the limit of the rare media. The Casimir-Polder expression for an atom and plate is recovered in the limit of the infinite radius of the sphere. Assuming a finite radius of the sphere, the interaction energy of an atom falls down to a third power of distance between the atom and sphere for short distances and to a seventh power for large distances from the sphere. Numerically the interaction energy is 3.8 eV for the hydrogen atom placed on the surface of the sphere with parameters of fullerene C{sub 60}. We also show that the polarizability of fullerene is merely a cube of its radius.

  10. Communication: Non-additivity of van der Waals interactions between nanostructures

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    Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P.

    2014-10-14

    Due to size-dependent non-additivity, the van der Waals interaction (vdW) between nanostructures remains elusive. Here we first develop a model dynamic multipole polarizability for an inhomogeneous system that allows for a cavity. The model recovers the exact zero- and high-frequency limits and respects the paradigms of condensed matter physics (slowly varying density) and quantum chemistry (one- and two-electron densities). We find that the model can generate accurate vdW coefficients for both spherical and non-spherical clusters, with an overall mean absolute relative error of 4%, without any fitting. Based on this model, we study the non-additivity of vdW interactions. We find that there is strong non-additivity of vdW interactions between nanostructures, arising from electron delocalization, inequivalent contributions of atoms, and non-additive many-body interactions. Furthermore, we find that the non-additivity can have increasing size dependence as well as decreasing size dependence with cluster size.

  11. Collective many-body van der Waals interactions in molecular systems

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    DiStasio, Robert A.; von Lilienfeld, O. Anatole; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2012-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) interactions are ubiquitous in molecules and condensed matter, and play a crucial role in determining the structure, stability, and function for a wide variety of systems. The accurate prediction of these interactions from first principles is a substantial challenge because they are inherently quantum mechanical phenomena that arise from correlations between many electrons within a given molecular system. We introduce an efficient method that accurately describes the nonadditive many-body vdW energy contributions arising from interactions that cannot be modeled by an effective pairwise approach, and demonstrate that such contributions can significantly exceed the energy of thermal fluctuations—a critical accuracy threshold highly coveted during molecular simulations—in the prediction of several relevant properties. Cases studied include the binding affinity of ellipticine, a DNA-intercalating anticancer agent, the relative energetics between the A- and B-conformations of DNA, and the thermodynamic stability among competing paracetamol molecular crystal polymorphs. Our findings suggest that inclusion of the many-body vdW energy is essential for achieving chemical accuracy and therefore must be accounted for in molecular simulations. PMID:22923693

  12. Finite-size effects and nonadditivity in the van der Waals interaction

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    Melo e Souza, Reinaldo de; Kort-Kamp, W. J. M.; Sigaud, C.; Farina, C.

    2011-11-15

    We obtain analytically the exact nonretarded dispersive interaction energy between an atom and a perfectly conducting disk. We consider the atom in the symmetry axis of the disk and assume that the atom is predominantly polarizable in the direction of this axis. For this situation we discuss the finite-size effects on the corresponding interaction energy. We follow the recent procedure introduced by Eberlein and Zietal together with the old and powerful Sommerfeld's image method for nontrivial geometries. For the sake of clarity we present a detailed discussion of Sommerfeld's image method. Comparing our results for the atom-disk system with those recently obtained for an atom near a conducting plane with a circular aperture, we discuss the nonadditivity of the van der Waals interactions involving an atom and two complementary surfaces. We show that there is a given ratio z/a between the distance z from the atom to the center of the disk (aperture) and the radius of the disk a (aperture) for which nonadditivity effects vanish. Qualitative arguments suggest that this quite unexpected result will occur not only for a circular hole, but for any other symmetric hole.

  13. Thioarsenides: a case for long-range Lewis acid-base-directed van der Waals interactions

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    Gibbs, G. V.; Wallace, A. F.; Downs, R. T.; Ross, N. L.; Cox, D. F.; Rosso, K. M.

    2011-04-01

    Electron density distributions, bond paths, Laplacian and local-energy density properties have been calculated for a number of As4S n ( n = 3, 4 and 5) thioarsenide molecular crystals. On the basis of the distributions, the intramolecular As-S and As-As interactions classify as shared bonded interactions, and the intermolecular As-S, As-As and S-S interactions classify as closed-shell van der Waals (vdW) bonded interactions. The bulk of the intermolecular As-S bond paths link regions of locally concentrated electron density (Lewis-base regions) with aligned regions of locally depleted electron density (Lewis-acid regions) on adjacent molecules. The paths are comparable with intermolecular paths reported for several other molecular crystals that link aligned Lewis base and acid regions in a key-lock fashion, interactions that classified as long-range Lewis acid-base-directed vdW interactions. As the bulk of the intermolecular As-S bond paths (~70%) link Lewis acid-base regions on adjacent molecules, it appears that molecules adopt an arrangement that maximizes the number of As-S Lewis acid-base intermolecular bonded interactions. The maximization of the number of Lewis acid-base interactions appears to be connected with the close-packed array adopted by molecules: distorted cubic close-packed arrays are adopted for alacránite, pararealgar, uzonite, realgar and β-AsS and the distorted hexagonal close-packed arrays adopted by α- and β-dimorphite. A growth mechanism is proposed for thioarsenide molecular crystals from aqueous species that maximizes the number of long-range Lewis acid-base vdW As-S bonded interactions with the resulting directed bond paths structuralizing the molecules as a molecular crystal.

  14. Quantum Transport Detected by Strong Proximity Interaction at a Graphene-WS2 van der Waals Interface.

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    O'Farrell, E C T; Avsar, A; Tan, J Y; Eda, G; Özyilmaz, B

    2015-09-01

    Magnetotransport measurements demonstrate that graphene in a van der Waals heterostructure is a sensitive probe of quantum transport in an adjacent WS2 layer via strong Coulomb interactions. We observe a large low-field magnetoresistance (≫ e(2)/h) and a -ln T temperature dependence of the resistance. In-plane magnetic field resistance indicates the origin is orbital and nonclassical. We demonstrate a strong electron-hole asymmetry in the mobility and coherence length of graphene demonstrating the presence of localized Coulomb interactions with ionized donors in the WS2 substrate, which ultimately leads to screening as the Fermi level of graphene is tuned toward the conduction band of WS2. This leads us to conclude that graphene couples to quantum localization processes in WS2 via the Coulomb interaction and results in the observed signatures of quantum transport. Our results show that theoretical descriptions of the van der Waals interface should not ignore localized strong correlations. PMID:26258760

  15. How van der Waals interactions determine the unique properties of water.

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    Morawietz, Tobias; Singraber, Andreas; Dellago, Christoph; Behler, Jörg

    2016-07-26

    Whereas the interactions between water molecules are dominated by strongly directional hydrogen bonds (HBs), it was recently proposed that relatively weak, isotropic van der Waals (vdW) forces are essential for understanding the properties of liquid water and ice. This insight was derived from ab initio computer simulations, which provide an unbiased description of water at the atomic level and yield information on the underlying molecular forces. However, the high computational cost of such simulations prevents the systematic investigation of the influence of vdW forces on the thermodynamic anomalies of water. Here, we develop efficient ab initio-quality neural network potentials and use them to demonstrate that vdW interactions are crucial for the formation of water's density maximum and its negative volume of melting. Both phenomena can be explained by the flexibility of the HB network, which is the result of a delicate balance of weak vdW forces, causing, e.g., a pronounced expansion of the second solvation shell upon cooling that induces the density maximum. PMID:27402761

  16. Towards Efficient and General Method for Many-Body van-der-Waals Interactions

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    Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2012-02-01

    Van der Waals interactions are intrinsically many-body phenomena, arising from collective electron fluctuations in a given material. Adiabatic connection fluctuation-dissipation theorem (ACFDT) allows to compute the many-body vdW interactions accurately. However, the ACFDT computational cost is prohibitive for real materials, even when the random-phase approximation is employed for the response function. We show how the problem of computing the long-range many-body vdW energy for real systems can be solved efficiently by mapping the system (molecule or condensed matter) onto a collection of quantum harmonic oscillators. Currently, our method, which couples density-functional theory with the many-body dispersion energy (DFT+MBD), is developed for non-metallic system [A. Tkatchenko, R. A. DiStasio Jr., R. Car, M. Scheffler, submitted]. The DFT+MBD method includes the hybridization effects by using the Tkatchenko-Scheffler approach [PRL 102, 073005 (2009)], the long-range Coulomb screening through classical electrodynamics [B. U. Felderhof, Physica 29, 1569 (1974)], and the many-body vdW energy from the coupled-fluctuating dipole model [M. W. Cole et al., Mol. Simul. 35, 849 (2009)]. The successes of the DFT+MBD approach and the many challenges that lie ahead will be discussed.

  17. The role of van der Waals interactions in the adsorption of noble gases on metal surfaces

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    Chen, De-Li; Al-Saidi, W A; Johnson, J Karl

    2012-10-03

    Adsorption of noble gases on metal surfaces is determined by weak interactions. We applied two versions of the nonlocal van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) to compute adsorption energies of Ar, Kr, and Xe on Pt(111), Pd(111), Cu(111), and Cu(110) metal surfaces. We have compared our results with data obtained using other density functional approaches, including the semiempirical vdW corrected DFT-D2. The vdW-DF results show considerable improvements in the description of adsorption energies and equilibrium distances over other DFTbased methods, giving good agreement with experiments. We have also calculated perpendicular vibrational energies for noble gases on the metal surfaces using vdWDF data and found excellent agreement with available experimental results. Our vdW-DF calculations show that adsorption of noble gases on low-coordination sites is energetically favored over high-coordination sites, but only by a few meV. Analysis of the 2-dimensional potential energy surface shows that the high-coordination sites are local maxima on the 2-dimensional potential energy surface and therefore unlikely to be observed in experiments, which provides an explanation of the experimental observations. The DFT-D2 approach with the standard parameterization was found to overestimate the dispersion interactions, and to give the wrong adsorption site preference for four of the nine systems we studied.

  18. How van der Waals Interactions Influence Cohesive Properties of Non-Metallic Solids

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    Zhang, Guo-Xu; Reilly, Anthony M.; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Scheffler, Matthias

    2013-03-01

    Standard semilocal and hybrid density functionals are widely used for studying cohesive properties of covalent, metallic, and ionic materials. Only recently it has been recognized that long-range van der Waals (vdW) interactions, that are missing in all semilocal and hybrid functionals, are important for an accurate description of cohesion in solids. Here we construct a database of 64 solids where reference cohesive properties are obtained from a critical revision of the available experimental data. All-electron DFT calculations with explicit treatment of zero-point vibrations for all cohesive properties are performed using the LDA, PBE, and the empirical meta-GGA M06-L functionals. For 23 semiconductors, we carry out PBE and M06-L calculations with the inclusion of screened long-range vdW energy. We find that PBE is the most systematic from the three employed functionals, and its accuracy is improved by a factor of two after the inclusion of vdW interactions. The LDA functional considerably overbinds for all the studied solids. The M06-L functional describes middle-range correlation better for certain semiconductors and ionic crystals, but fails for heavier semiconductors and metals.

  19. Benchmark data base for accurate van der Waals interaction in inorganic fragments

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    Brndiar, Jan; Stich, Ivan

    2012-02-01

    A range of inorganic materials, such as Sb, As, P, S, Se are built from van der Waals (vdW) interacting units forming the crystals, which neither the standard DFT GGA description as well as cheap quantum chemistry methods, such as MP2, do not describe correctly. We use this data base, for which have performed ultra accurate CCSD(T) calculations in complete basis set limit, to test the alternative approximate theories, such as Grimme [1], Langreth-Lundqvist [2], and Tkachenko-Scheffler [3]. While none of these theories gives entirely correct description, Grimme consistently provides more accurate results than Langreth-Lundqvist, which tend to overestimate the distances and underestimate the interaction energies for this set of systems. Contrary Tkachenko-Scheffler appear to yield surprisingly accurate and computationally cheap and convenient description applicable also for systems with appreciable charge transfer. [4pt] [1] S. Grimme, J. Comp. Chem. 27, 1787 (2006) [0pt] [2] K. Lee, et al., Phys. Rev. B 82 081101 (R) (2010) [0pt] [3] Tkachenko and M. Scheffler Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 073005 (2009).

  20. Driving select architectures of nanoparticles: the role of the van der Waals interactions

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    Almora-Barrios, Neyvis; López, Nuria; Theoretical Heterogeneous Catalysis Team

    2014-03-01

    The simulations with dispersion corrections provide a detailed atomistic model for understand of structure-function relations in the study of materials. Two scenarios that require this level of theoretical approximation are the study of the different architectures of Au nanoparticles and the stability, activity and selectivity properties of c-Pd nanocatalysts. We have investigated a model based on DFT-D2 surface energy calculations to identify key of the leading interactions that drive the formation of Au nanorods. The complexity of the procedure can be analyzed in detail and the information provided by the calculations paves the way to a better compression of synthetic-structure relationships. In the field of catalytic activity, we have simulated surfactant on Pd surface and our results contribute to a better understanding of activity of the catalyst, modeling for the first time the structure of this novel family of material. The resulting insights significantly advance the state-of-the-art to improve our knowledge of the roles and effects of electrostatic and van der Waals interactions, opening a complete new perspective in the control of new architectures to design of the nanoparticles. The authors thank the ERC-2010-StG-258406 Bio2chem-d project, MINECO (CTQ2012-33826) and BSC-RES for supporting this work.

  1. Dynamical screening of van der Waals interactions in nanostructured solids: Sublimation of fullerenes

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    Tao, Jianmin; Yang, Jing; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2015-04-28

    Sublimation energy is one of the most important properties of molecular crystals, but it is difficult to study, because the attractive long-range van der Waals (vdW) interaction plays an important role. Here, we apply efficient semilocal density functional theory (DFT), corrected with the dynamically screened vdW interaction (DFT + vdW), the Rutgers-Chalmers nonlocal vdW-DF, and the pairwise-based dispersion-corrected DFT-D2 developed by Grimme and co-workers, to study the sublimation of fullerenes. We find that the short-range part, which accounts for the interaction due to the orbital overlap between fullerenes, is negligibly small. Our calculation shows that there exists a strong screening effect on the vdW interaction arising from the valence electrons of fullerenes. On the other hand, higher-order contributions can be as important as the leading-order term. The reasons are that (i) the surface of fullerene molecules is metallic and thus highly polarizable, (ii) the band gap of fullerene solids is small (less than 2 eV), and (iii) fullerene molecules in the solid phase are so densely packed, yielding the high valence electron density and small equilibrium intermolecular distances (the first nearest neighbor distance is only about 10 Å for C{sub 60}). However, these two effects make opposite contributions, leading to significant error cancellation between these two contributions. We demonstrate that, by considering higher-order contributions and the dynamical screening, the DFT + vdW method can yield sublimation energies of fullerenes in good agreement with reference values, followed by vdW-DF and DFT-D2. The insights from this study are important for a better understanding of the long-range nature of vdW interactions in nanostructured solids.

  2. Dynamical screening of van der Waals interactions in nanostructured solids: Sublimation of fullerenes

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    Tao, Jianmin; Yang, Jing; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2015-04-01

    Sublimation energy is one of the most important properties of molecular crystals, but it is difficult to study, because the attractive long-range van der Waals (vdW) interaction plays an important role. Here, we apply efficient semilocal density functional theory (DFT), corrected with the dynamically screened vdW interaction (DFT + vdW), the Rutgers-Chalmers nonlocal vdW-DF, and the pairwise-based dispersion-corrected DFT-D2 developed by Grimme and co-workers, to study the sublimation of fullerenes. We find that the short-range part, which accounts for the interaction due to the orbital overlap between fullerenes, is negligibly small. Our calculation shows that there exists a strong screening effect on the vdW interaction arising from the valence electrons of fullerenes. On the other hand, higher-order contributions can be as important as the leading-order term. The reasons are that (i) the surface of fullerene molecules is metallic and thus highly polarizable, (ii) the band gap of fullerene solids is small (less than 2 eV), and (iii) fullerene molecules in the solid phase are so densely packed, yielding the high valence electron density and small equilibrium intermolecular distances (the first nearest neighbor distance is only about 10 Å for C60). However, these two effects make opposite contributions, leading to significant error cancellation between these two contributions. We demonstrate that, by considering higher-order contributions and the dynamical screening, the DFT + vdW method can yield sublimation energies of fullerenes in good agreement with reference values, followed by vdW-DF and DFT-D2. The insights from this study are important for a better understanding of the long-range nature of vdW interactions in nanostructured solids.

  3. Gold nanoparticle assemblies stabilized by bis(phthalocyaninato)lanthanide(III) complexes through van der Waals interactions

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    Noda, Yuki; Noro, Shin-Ichiro; Akutagawa, Tomoyuki; Nakamura, Takayoshi

    2014-01-01

    Gold nanoparticle assemblies possess diverse application potential, ranging from industrial nanotechnology to medical biotechnology. Because the structures and properties of assemblies are directly affected by the stabilization mechanism between the organic molecules serving as protecting ligands and the gold nanoparticle surface, it is crucial to find and investigate new stabilization mechanisms. Here, we report that π-conjugated phthalocyanine rings can serve as stabilizing ligands for gold nanoparticles. Bis(phthalocyaninato)lutetium(III) (LuPc2) or bis(phthalocyaninato)terbium(III) (TbPc2), even though complex, do not have specific binding units and stabilize gold nanoparticles through van der Waals interaction between parallel adsorbed phthalocyanine ligands and the gold nanoparticle surface. AC magnetic measurements and the electron-transport properties of the assemblies give direct evidence that the phthalocyanines are isolated from each other. Each nanoparticle shows weak electronic coupling despite the short internanoparticle distance (~1 nm), suggesting Efros-Shklovskii-type variable-range hopping and collective single-electron tunnelling behaviours.

  4. Gold nanoparticle assemblies stabilized by bis(phthalocyaninato)lanthanide(III) complexes through van der Waals interactions

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    Noda, Yuki; Noro, Shin-ichiro; Akutagawa, Tomoyuki; Nakamura, Takayoshi

    2014-01-01

    Gold nanoparticle assemblies possess diverse application potential, ranging from industrial nanotechnology to medical biotechnology. Because the structures and properties of assemblies are directly affected by the stabilization mechanism between the organic molecules serving as protecting ligands and the gold nanoparticle surface, it is crucial to find and investigate new stabilization mechanisms. Here, we report that π-conjugated phthalocyanine rings can serve as stabilizing ligands for gold nanoparticles. Bis(phthalocyaninato)lutetium(III) (LuPc2) or bis(phthalocyaninato)terbium(III) (TbPc2), even though complex, do not have specific binding units and stabilize gold nanoparticles through van der Waals interaction between parallel adsorbed phthalocyanine ligands and the gold nanoparticle surface. AC magnetic measurements and the electron-transport properties of the assemblies give direct evidence that the phthalocyanines are isolated from each other. Each nanoparticle shows weak electronic coupling despite the short internanoparticle distance (~1 nm), suggesting Efros–Shklovskii-type variable-range hopping and collective single-electron tunnelling behaviours. PMID:24441566

  5. Van der Waals Dispersion Interactions and Excited States of Oligoacene Molecular Crystals

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    Rangel Gordillo, Tonatiuh; Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Berland, Kristian; Altvater, Florian; Lee, Kyuho; Hyldgaard, Per; Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffrey B.

    2015-03-01

    Molecular crystals are a prototypical class of van der Waals (vdWs)-bound organic materials with novel excited state properties relevant for photovoltaics applications. Predicting the structure and excited state properties of oligoacene crystals presents a challenge for standard density functional theory (DFT), as standard functionals do not have long-range dispersion, and DFT does not yield excited-state properties. In this work, we use a combination of vdW-corrected DFT - both pair-wise correction methods and correlation functionals - and many-body perturbation theory to study the geometry and excited states of oligoacene crystals. We find that vdWs methods can predict lattice constants up to 1% of the experimental measurements. Low lying excited states computed with MBPT compare well with experiments, and are found to be quite sensitive to geometry. Our study reveals the importance of vdWs dispersion interactions to the determination of excited states; moreover, our work suggests routes for predictive calculations, in which both structures and excited states are calculated entirely from first-principles. We thank DOE for external funds, and NERSC for computational resources.

  6. Minimizing density functional failures for non-covalent interactions beyond van der Waals complexes.

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    Corminboeuf, Clemence

    2014-11-18

    computationally demanding self-consistent implementation. The proposed correction is then exploited to identify the key factors at the origin of the errors in thermochemistry beyond van der Waals complexes. Particular focus is placed on charge-transfer and mixed-valence complexes, which are relevant to the field of organic electronics. These types of complexes represent insightful examples for which the delocalization error may partially counterbalance the missing dispersion. Our devised methodology reveals the true performance of standard density functional approximations and the subtle interplay between the two types of errors. The analysis presented provides guidance for future functional development that could further improve the modeling of the structures and properties of molecular materials. Overall, the proposed state-of-the-art approaches have contributed to stress the crucial role of dispersion and improve their description in both straightforward van der Waals complexes and more challenging chemical situations. For the treatment of the latter, we have also provided relevant insights into which type of density functionals to favor. PMID:24655016

  7. Effects of truncating van der Waals interactions in lipid bilayer simulations

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    Huang, Kun; García, Angel E.

    2014-01-01

    In membrane simulations, it is known that truncating electrostatic interactions results in artificial ordering of lipids at the truncation distance. However, less attention has been paid to the effect of truncating van der Waals (VDW) interactions. Since the VDW potential decays as r−6, it is frequently neglected beyond a cutoff of around 1 nm. In some cases, analytical dispersion corrections appropriate for isotropic systems are applied to the pressure and the potential energy. In this work, we systematically study the effect of truncating VDW interactions at different cutoffs in 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine bilayers with the Berger force field. We show that the area per lipid decreases systematically when the VDW cutoff (rc) increases. This dependence persists even when dispersion corrections are applied. Since the analytical form of the dispersion correction is only appropriate for isotropic systems, we suggest that a long VDW cutoff should be used in preference over a short VDW cutoff. To determine the appropriate cutoff, we simulate liquid pentadecane with the Berger parameters and find that rc ≥ 1.4 nm is sufficient to reproduce the density and the heat of vaporization of pentadecane. Bilayers simulated with rc ≥ 1.4 nm show an improved agreement with experiments in both the form factors and the deuterium order parameters. Finally, we report that the VDW cutoff has a significant impact on the lipid flip-flop energetics and an inappropriate short VDW cutoff results in a bilayer that is prone to form water defects across the bilayer. PMID:25217953

  8. Effects of truncating van der Waals interactions in lipid bilayer simulations

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    Huang, Kun; García, Angel E.

    2014-09-14

    In membrane simulations, it is known that truncating electrostatic interactions results in artificial ordering of lipids at the truncation distance. However, less attention has been paid to the effect of truncating van der Waals (VDW) interactions. Since the VDW potential decays as r{sup −6}, it is frequently neglected beyond a cutoff of around 1 nm. In some cases, analytical dispersion corrections appropriate for isotropic systems are applied to the pressure and the potential energy. In this work, we systematically study the effect of truncating VDW interactions at different cutoffs in 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine bilayers with the Berger force field. We show that the area per lipid decreases systematically when the VDW cutoff (r{sub c}) increases. This dependence persists even when dispersion corrections are applied. Since the analytical form of the dispersion correction is only appropriate for isotropic systems, we suggest that a long VDW cutoff should be used in preference over a short VDW cutoff. To determine the appropriate cutoff, we simulate liquid pentadecane with the Berger parameters and find that r{sub c} ≥ 1.4 nm is sufficient to reproduce the density and the heat of vaporization of pentadecane. Bilayers simulated with r{sub c} ≥ 1.4 nm show an improved agreement with experiments in both the form factors and the deuterium order parameters. Finally, we report that the VDW cutoff has a significant impact on the lipid flip-flop energetics and an inappropriate short VDW cutoff results in a bilayer that is prone to form water defects across the bilayer.

  9. EDITORIAL: Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C Langreth Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C Langreth

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    Hyldgaard, Per; Rahman, Talat S.

    2012-10-01

    The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in interest in exploring the role that van der Waals (vdW) or dispersion forces play in materials and in material behavior. Part of this stems from the obvious fact that vdW interactions (and other weak forces, such as Casimir) underpin molecular recognition, i.e., nature's approach to search for a match between genes and anti-genes and hence enable biological function. Less obvious is the recognition that vdW interactions affect a multitude of properties of a vast variety of materials in general, some of which also have strong technological applications. While for two atom- or orbital-sized material fragments the dispersive contributions to binding are small compared to those from the better known forms (ionic, covalent, metallic), those between sparse materials (spread over extended areas) can be of paramount importance. For example, an understanding of binding in graphite cannot arise solely from a study of the graphene layers individually, but also requires insight from inter-sheet graphene vdW bonding. It is the extended-area vdW bonding that provides sufficient cohesion to make graphite a robust, naturally occurring material. In fact, it is the vdW-bonded graphite, and not the all-covalently bonded diamond, that is the preferred form of pure carbon under ambient conditions. Also important is the understanding that vdW attraction can attain a dramatic relevance even if the material fragments, the building blocks, are not necessarily parallel from the outset or smooth when viewed in isolation (such as a graphene sheet or a carbon nanotube). This can happen if the building blocks have some softness and flexibility and allow an internal relative alignment to emerge. The vdW forces can then cause increasingly larger parts of the interacting fragments to line up at sub-nanometer separations and thus beget more areas with a sizable vdW bonding contribution. The gecko can scale a wall because it can bring its flexible hairs

  10. Nano-scale displacement sensing based on van der Waals interactions

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    Hu, Lin; Zhao, Jin; Yang, Jinlong

    2015-05-01

    We propose that a nano-scale displacement sensor with high resolution in weak-force systems can be realized based on vertically stacked two-dimensional (2D) atomic corrugated layer materials bound through van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Using first-principles calculations, we found that the electronic structures of bi-layer blue phosphorus (BLBP) vary appreciably with lateral and vertical interlayer displacements. The variation of the electronic structure is attributed to the change of the interlayer distance dz for both the lateral and vertical displacement. For lateral displacement, the change of dz is induced by atomic layer corrugation. Despite the different stacking configurations of BLBP, we find that the change of the indirect band gap is proportional to dz-2. Furthermore, this dz-2 dependence is found to be applicable to other graphene-like corrugated bi-layer materials such as MoS2. BLBP represents a large family of bi-layer 2D atomic corrugated materials for which the electronic structure is sensitive to the interlayer vertical and lateral displacement, and thus could be used for a nano-scale displacement sensor. This can be done by monitoring the tunable electronic structure using absorption spectroscopy. Because this type of sensor is established on atomic layers coupled through vdW interactions, it provides unique applications in the measurements of nano-scale displacement induced by tiny external forces.We propose that a nano-scale displacement sensor with high resolution in weak-force systems can be realized based on vertically stacked two-dimensional (2D) atomic corrugated layer materials bound through van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Using first-principles calculations, we found that the electronic structures of bi-layer blue phosphorus (BLBP) vary appreciably with lateral and vertical interlayer displacements. The variation of the electronic structure is attributed to the change of the interlayer distance dz for both the lateral and vertical

  11. Interaction of boron with graphite: A van der Waals density functional study

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    Liu, Juan; Wang, Chen; Liang, Tongxiang; Lai, Wensheng

    2016-08-01

    Boron doping has been widely investigated to improve oxidation resistance of graphite. In this work the interaction of boron with graphite is investigated by a van der Waals density-functional approach (vdW-DF). The traditional density-functional theory (DFT) is well accounted for the binding in boron-substituted graphite. However, to investigate the boron atom on graphite surface and the interstitial impurities require use of a description of graphite interlayer binding. Traditional DFT cannot describe the vdW physics, for instance, GGA calculations show no relevant binding between graphite sheets. LDA shows some binding, but they fail to provide an accurate account of vdW forces. In this paper, we compare the calculation results of graphite lattice constant and cohesive energy by several functionals, it shows that vdW-DF such as two optimized functionals optB88-vdW and optB86b-vdW give much improved results than traditional DFT. The vdW-DF approach is then applied to study the interaction of boron with graphite. Boron adsorption, substitution, and intercalation are discussed in terms of structural parameters and electronic structures. When adsorbing on graphite surface, boron behaves as π electron acceptor. The π electron approaches boron atom because of more electropositive of boron than carbon. For substitution situation, the hole introduced by boron mainly concentrates on boron and the nearest three carbon atoms. The B-doped graphite system with the hole has less ability to offer electrons to oxygen, ultimately resulted in the inhibition of carbon oxidation. For interstitial doping, vdW-DFs show more accurate formation energy than LDA. PBE functional cannot describe the interstitial boron in graphite reasonably because of the ignoring binding of graphite sheets. The investigation of electron structures of boron doped graphite will play an important role in understanding the oxidation mechanism in further study.

  12. van der Waals Forces between Cylinders

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    Mitchell, D. J.; Ninham, B. W.; Richmond, P.

    1973-01-01

    We derive the retarded van der Waals interaction between two long thin parallel dielectric cylinders immersed in a solvent. The result shows that the ultraviolet interactions which may be responsible for the specificity of macromolecular interactions do not operate strongly over distances R ≥ 50 Å. For greater distances the contribution of these frequencies ξ is damped by a factor ∞ e-ξR/c. PMID:4696763

  13. Virtual Resonance and Frequency Difference Generation by van der Waals Interaction

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    Tetard, L.; Passian, A.; Eslami, S.; Jalili, N.; Farahi, R. H.; Thundat, T.

    2011-05-01

    The ability to explore the interior of materials for the presence of inhomogeneities was recently demonstrated by mode synthesizing atomic force microscopy [L. Tetard, A. Passian, and T. Thundat, Nature Nanotech. 5, 105 (2009).NNAABX1748-338710.1038/nnano.2009.454]. Proposing a semiempirical nonlinear force, we show that difference frequency ω- generation, regarded as the simplest synthesized mode, occurs optimally when the force is tuned to van der Waals form. From a parametric study of the probe-sample excitation, we show that the predicted ω- oscillation agrees well with experiments. We then introduce the concept of virtual resonance to show that probe oscillations at ω- can efficiently be enhanced.

  14. Redox levels in aqueous solution: Effect of van der Waals interactions and hybrid functionals

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    Ambrosio, Francesco Miceli, Giacomo; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2015-12-28

    We investigate redox levels in aqueous solution using a combination of ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and thermodynamic integration methods. The molecular dynamics are performed with both the semilocal Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional and a nonlocal functional (rVV10) accounting for van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The band edges are determined through three different schemes, namely, from the energy of the highest occupied and of the lowest unoccupied Kohn-Sham states, from total-energy differences, and from a linear extrapolation of the density of states. It is shown that the latter does not depend on the system size while the former two are subject to significant finite-size effects. For the redox levels, we provide a formulation in analogy to the definition of charge transition levels for defects in crystalline materials. We consider the H{sup +}/H{sub 2} level defining the standard hydrogen electrode, the OH{sup −}/OH{sup ∗} level corresponding to the oxidation of the hydroxyl ion, and the H{sub 2}O/OH{sup ∗} level for the dehydrogenation of water. In spite of the large structural modifications induced in liquid water, vdW interactions do not lead to any significant structural effect on the calculated band gap and band edges. The effect on the redox levels is also small since the solvation properties of ionic species are little affected by vdW interactions. Since the electronic properties are not significantly affected by the underlying structural properties, it is justified to perform hybrid functional calculations on the configurations of our MD simulations. The redox levels calculated as a function of the fraction α of Fock exchange are found to remain constant, reproducing a general behavior previously observed for charge transition levels of defects. Comparison with experimental values shows very good agreement. At variance, the band edges and the band gap evolve linearly with α. For α ≃ 0.40, we achieve a band gap, band

  15. Redox levels in aqueous solution: Effect of van der Waals interactions and hybrid functionals.

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    Ambrosio, Francesco; Miceli, Giacomo; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2015-12-28

    We investigate redox levels in aqueous solution using a combination of ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and thermodynamic integration methods. The molecular dynamics are performed with both the semilocal Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional and a nonlocal functional (rVV10) accounting for van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The band edges are determined through three different schemes, namely, from the energy of the highest occupied and of the lowest unoccupied Kohn-Sham states, from total-energy differences, and from a linear extrapolation of the density of states. It is shown that the latter does not depend on the system size while the former two are subject to significant finite-size effects. For the redox levels, we provide a formulation in analogy to the definition of charge transition levels for defects in crystalline materials. We consider the H(+)/H2 level defining the standard hydrogen electrode, the OH(-)/OH(∗) level corresponding to the oxidation of the hydroxyl ion, and the H2O/OH(∗) level for the dehydrogenation of water. In spite of the large structural modifications induced in liquid water, vdW interactions do not lead to any significant structural effect on the calculated band gap and band edges. The effect on the redox levels is also small since the solvation properties of ionic species are little affected by vdW interactions. Since the electronic properties are not significantly affected by the underlying structural properties, it is justified to perform hybrid functional calculations on the configurations of our MD simulations. The redox levels calculated as a function of the fraction α of Fock exchange are found to remain constant, reproducing a general behavior previously observed for charge transition levels of defects. Comparison with experimental values shows very good agreement. At variance, the band edges and the band gap evolve linearly with α. For α ≃ 0.40, we achieve a band gap, band-edge positions, and redox levels in

  16. Redox levels in aqueous solution: Effect of van der Waals interactions and hybrid functionals

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    Ambrosio, Francesco; Miceli, Giacomo; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2015-12-01

    We investigate redox levels in aqueous solution using a combination of ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and thermodynamic integration methods. The molecular dynamics are performed with both the semilocal Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional and a nonlocal functional (rVV10) accounting for van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The band edges are determined through three different schemes, namely, from the energy of the highest occupied and of the lowest unoccupied Kohn-Sham states, from total-energy differences, and from a linear extrapolation of the density of states. It is shown that the latter does not depend on the system size while the former two are subject to significant finite-size effects. For the redox levels, we provide a formulation in analogy to the definition of charge transition levels for defects in crystalline materials. We consider the H+/H2 level defining the standard hydrogen electrode, the OH-/OH∗ level corresponding to the oxidation of the hydroxyl ion, and the H2O/OH∗ level for the dehydrogenation of water. In spite of the large structural modifications induced in liquid water, vdW interactions do not lead to any significant structural effect on the calculated band gap and band edges. The effect on the redox levels is also small since the solvation properties of ionic species are little affected by vdW interactions. Since the electronic properties are not significantly affected by the underlying structural properties, it is justified to perform hybrid functional calculations on the configurations of our MD simulations. The redox levels calculated as a function of the fraction α of Fock exchange are found to remain constant, reproducing a general behavior previously observed for charge transition levels of defects. Comparison with experimental values shows very good agreement. At variance, the band edges and the band gap evolve linearly with α. For α ≃ 0.40, we achieve a band gap, band-edge positions, and redox levels in overall

  17. Role of directed van der Waals bonded interactions in the determination of the structures of molecular arsenate solids.

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    Gibbs, G V; Wallace, A F; Cox, D F; Dove, P M; Downs, R T; Ross, N L; Rosso, K M

    2009-01-29

    Bond paths, local energy density properties, and Laplacian, L(r) = -wedge(2)rho(r), composite isosurfaces of the electron density distributions were calculated for the intramolecular and intermolecular bonded interactions for molecular solids of As(2)O(3) and AsO(2) composition, an As(2)O(5) crystal, a number of arsenate molecules, and the arsenic metalloid, arsenolamprite. The directed intermolecular van der Waals As-O, O-O, and As-As bonded interactions are believed to serve as mainstays between the individual molecules in each of the molecular solids. As-O bond paths between the bonded atoms connect Lewis base charge concentrations and Lewis acid charge depletion domains, whereas the O-O and As-As paths connect Lewis base pair and Lewis acid pair domains, respectively, giving rise to sets of intermolecular directed bond paths. The alignment of the directed bond paths results in the periodic structures adopted by the arsenates. The arrangements of the As atoms in the claudetite polymorphs of As(2)O(3) and the As atoms in arsenolamprite are similar. Like the As(2)O(3) polymorphs, arsenolamprite is a molecular solid connected by relatively weak As-As intermolecular directed van der Waals bond paths between the layers of stronger As-As intramolecular bonded interactions. The bond critical point and local energy density properties of the intermolecular As-As bonded interactions in arsenolamprite are comparable with the As-As interactions in claudetite I. As such, the structure of claudetite I can be viewed as a stuffed derivative of the arsenolamprite structure with O atoms between pairs of As atoms comprising the layers of the structure. The cubic structure adopted by the arsenolite polymorph can be understood in terms of sets of directed acid-base As-O and base-base O-O pair domains and bond paths that radiate from the tetrahedral faces of its constituent molecules, serving as face-to-face key-lock mainstays in forming a periodic tetrahedral array of molecules

  18. Two-atom interaction energies with one atom in an excited state: van der Waals potentials versus level shifts

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    Donaire, M.

    2016-05-01

    I revisit the problem of the interaction between two dissimilar atoms with one atom in an excited state, recently addressed by Berman [Phys. Rev. A 91, 042127 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevA.91.042127], Donaire et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 033201 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.033201], and Milonni and Rafsanjani [Phys. Rev. A 92, 062711 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevA.92.062711], for which precedent approaches have given conflicting results. In the first place, I discuss to what extent these works provide equivalent results. I show that the phase-shift rate of the two-atom wave function computed by Berman, the van der Waals potential of the excited atom by Donaire et al., and the level shift of the excited atom by Milonni and Rafsanjani possess equivalent expressions in the quasistationary approximation. In addition, I show that the level shift of the ground-state atom computed by Milonni and Rafsanjani is equivalent to its van der Waals potential. A diagrammatic representation of all those quantities is provided. The equivalences among them are, however, not generic. In particular, it is found that for the case of the interaction between two identical atoms excited, the phase-shift rate and the van der Waals potentials differ. Concerning the conflicting results of previous approaches in regards to the spatial oscillation of the interactions, I conclude, in agreement with Berman and with Milonni and Rafsanjani, that they refer to different physical quantities. The impacts of free-space dissipation and finite excitation rates on the dynamics of the potentials are analyzed. In contrast with Milonni and Rafsanjani, the oscillatory versus monotonic spatial forms of the potentials of each atom are found not to be related to the reversible versus irreversible nature of the excitation transfer involved.

  19. How Van der Waals Interactions Influence the Absorption Spectra of Pheophorbide a Complexes: A Mixed Quantum-Classical Study.

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    Megow, Jörg

    2015-10-01

    The computation of dispersive site energy shifts due to van der Waals interaction (London dispersion forces) was combined with mixed quantum-classical methodology to calculate the linear optical absorption spectra of large pheophorbide a (Pheo) dendrimers. The computed spectra agreed very well with the measurements considering three characteristic optical features occurring with increasing aggregate size: a strong line broadening, a redshift, and a low-energy shoulder. The improved mixed quantum-classical methodology is considered a powerful tool in investigating molecular aggregates. PMID:26275373

  20. Lifshitz-type formulas for graphene and single-wall carbon nanotubes: van der Waals and Casimir interactions

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    Bordag, M.; Geyer, B.; Klimchitskaya, G. L.; Mostepanenko, V. M.

    2006-11-15

    Lifshitz-type formulas are obtained for the van der Waals and Casimir interaction between graphene and a material plate, graphene and an atom or a molecule, and between a single-wall carbon nanotube and a plate. The reflection properties of electromagnetic oscillations on graphene are governed by the specific boundary conditions imposed on the infinitely thin positively charged plasma sheet, carrying a continuous fluid with some mass and charge density. The obtained formulas are applied to graphene interacting with Au and Si plates, to hydrogen atoms and molecules interacting with graphene, and to single-wall carbon nanotubes interacting with Au and Si plates. The generalizations to more complicated carbon nanostructures are discussed.

  1. Optimizing Protein-Protein van der Waals Interactions for the AMBER ff9x/ff12 Force Field.

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    Chapman, Dail E; Steck, Jonathan K; Nerenberg, Paul S

    2014-01-14

    The quality of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations relies heavily on the accuracy of the underlying force field. In recent years, considerable effort has been put into developing more accurate dihedral angle potentials for MD force fields, but relatively little work has focused on the nonbonded parameters, many of which are two decades old. In this work, we assess the accuracy of protein-protein van der Waals interactions in the AMBER ff9x/ff12 force field. Across a test set of 44 neat organic liquids containing the moieties present in proteins, we find root-mean-square (RMS) errors of 1.26 kcal/mol in enthalpy of vaporization and 0.36 g/cm(3) in liquid densities. We then optimize the van der Waals radii and well depths for all of the relevant atom types using these observables, which lowers the RMS errors in enthalpy of vaporization and liquid density of our validation set to 0.59 kcal/mol (53% reduction) and 0.019 g/cm(3) (46% reduction), respectively. Limitations in our parameter optimization were evident for certain atom types, however, and we discuss the implications of these observations for future force field development. PMID:26579910

  2. Site-dependence of van der Waals interaction explains exciton spectra of double-walled tubular J-aggregates.

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    Megow, Jörg; Röhr, Merle I S; Schmidt am Busch, Marcel; Renger, Thomas; Mitrić, Roland; Kirstein, Stefan; Rabe, Jürgen P; May, Volkhard

    2015-03-14

    The simulation of the optical properties of supramolecular aggregates requires the development of methods, which are able to treat a large number of coupled chromophores interacting with the environment. Since it is currently not possible to treat large systems by quantum chemistry, the Frenkel exciton model is a valuable alternative. In this work we show how the Frenkel exciton model can be extended in order to explain the excitonic spectra of a specific double-walled tubular dye aggregate explicitly taking into account dispersive energy shifts of ground and excited states due to van der Waals interaction with all surrounding molecules. The experimentally observed splitting is well explained by the site-dependent energy shift of molecules placed at the inner or outer side of the double-walled tube, respectively. Therefore we can conclude that inclusion of the site-dependent dispersive effect in the theoretical description of optical properties of nanoscaled dye aggregates is mandatory. PMID:25620460

  3. Role of Directed van der Waals Bonded Interactions in the Determination of the Structures of Molecular Arsenate Solids

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    Gibbs, Gerald V.; Wallace, Adam F.; Cox, David F.; Dove, Patricia M; Downs, R. T.; Ross, Nancy L.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2009-01-05

    Bond paths, local energy density properties, and Laplacian, L(r) = -2ρ(r), composite isosurfaces of the electron density distributions were calculated for the intramolecular and intermolecular bonded interactions for molecular solids of As2O3 and AsO2 composition, an As2O5 crystal, a number of arsenate molecules, and the arsenic metalloid, arsenolamprite. The directed intermolecular van der Waals As-O, O-O, and As-As bonded interactions are believed to serve as mainstays between the individual molecules in each of the molecular solids. As-O bond paths between the bonded atoms connect Lewis base charge concentrations and Lewis acid charge depletion domains, whereas the O-O and As-As paths connect Lewis base pair and Lewis acid pair domains, respectively, giving rise to sets of intermolecular directed bond paths. The alignment of the directed bond paths results in the periodic structures adopted by the arsenates. The arrangements of the As atoms in the claudetite polymorphs of As2O3 and the As atoms in arsenolamprite are similar. Like the As2O3 polymorphs, arsenolamprite is a molecular solid connected by relatively weak As-As intermolecular directed van der Waals bond paths between the layers of stronger As-As intramolecular bonded interactions. The bond critical point and local energy density properties of the intermolecular As-As bonded interactions in arsenolamprite are comparable with the As-As interactions in claudetite I. As such, the structure of claudetite I can be viewed as a stuffed derivative of the arsenolamprite structure with O atoms between pairs of As atoms comprising the layers of the structure. The cubic structure adopted by the arsenolite polymorph can be understood in terms of sets of directed acid-base As-O and base-base O-O pair domains and bond paths that radiate from the tetrahedral faces of its constituent molecules, serving as face-to-face key

  4. Quantitative Understanding of van der Waals Interactions by Analyzing the Adsorption Structure and Low-Frequency Vibrational Modes of Single Benzene Molecules on Silver.

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    Yuan, Dingwang; Han, Zhumin; Czap, Gregory; Chiang, Chi-Lun; Xu, Chen; Ho, W; Wu, Ruqian

    2016-06-16

    The combination of a sub-Kelvin scanning tunneling microscope and density functional calculations incorporating van der Waals (vdW) corrections has been used successfully to probe the adsorption structure and low-frequency vibrational modes of single benzene molecules on Ag(110). The inclusion of optimized vdW functionals and improved C6-based vdW dispersion schemes in density functional theory is crucial for obtaining the correct adsorption structure and low-energy vibrational modes. These results demonstrate the emerging capability to quantitatively probe the van der Waals interactions between a physisorbed molecule and an inert substrate. PMID:27232051

  5. Significant decrease in thermal conductivity of multi-walled carbon nanotube induced by inter-wall van der Waals interactions

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    Zhang, Xue; Zhou, Wu-Xing; Chen, Xue-Kun; Liu, Yue-Yang; Chen, Ke-Qiu

    2016-05-01

    The thermal transport properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were investigated by using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation. The results show that the thermal conductivity of MWCNTs decreases significantly comparing to that of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) due to the inter-wall van der Waals interactions. The more interesting is a fact that the thermal conductance of MWCNTs is significantly greater than the thermal conductance summation of each SWCNTs. This is because the thermal conductance of a carbon nanotube protected by an outer tube is much larger than that of one that is not protected. Moreover, we also studied the thermal flux distribution of MWCNTs, and found that the outer tube plays a dominant role in heat energy transfer.

  6. Compact two-electron wave function for bond dissociation and Van der Waals interactions: A natural amplitude assessment

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    Giesbertz, Klaas J. H.; Leeuwen, Robert van

    2014-05-14

    Electron correlations in molecules can be divided in short range dynamical correlations, long range Van der Waals type interactions, and near degeneracy static correlations. In this work, we analyze for a one-dimensional model of a two-electron system how these three types of correlations can be incorporated in a simple wave function of restricted functional form consisting of an orbital product multiplied by a single correlation function f (r{sub 12}) depending on the interelectronic distance r{sub 12}. Since the three types of correlations mentioned lead to different signatures in terms of the natural orbital (NO) amplitudes in two-electron systems, we make an analysis of the wave function in terms of the NO amplitudes for a model system of a diatomic molecule. In our numerical implementation, we fully optimize the orbitals and the correlation function on a spatial grid without restrictions on their functional form. Due to this particular form of the wave function, we can prove that none of the amplitudes vanishes and moreover that it displays a distinct sign pattern and a series of avoided crossings as a function of the bond distance in agreement with the exact solution. This shows that the wave function ansatz correctly incorporates the long range Van der Waals interactions. We further show that the approximate wave function gives an excellent binding curve and is able to describe static correlations. We show that in order to do this the correlation function f (r{sub 12}) needs to diverge for large r{sub 12} at large internuclear distances while for shorter bond distances it increases as a function of r{sub 12} to a maximum value after which it decays exponentially. We further give a physical interpretation of this behavior.

  7. Entropic effects of thermal rippling on van der Waals interactions between monolayer graphene and a rigid substrate

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    Wang, Peng; Gao, Wei; Huang, Rui

    2016-02-01

    Graphene monolayer, with extremely low flexural stiffness, displays spontaneous rippling due to thermal fluctuations at a finite temperature. When a graphene membrane is placed on a solid substrate, the adhesive interactions between graphene and the substrate could considerably suppress thermal rippling. On the other hand, the statistical nature of thermal rippling adds an entropic contribution to the graphene-substrate interactions. In this paper, we present a statistical mechanics analysis on thermal rippling of monolayer graphene supported on a rigid substrate, assuming a generic form of van der Waals interactions between graphene and substrate at T = 0 K. The rippling amplitude, the equilibrium average separation, and the average interaction energy are predicted simultaneously and compared with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. While the amplitude of thermal rippling is reduced by adhesive interactions, the entropic contribution leads to an effective repulsion. As a result, the equilibrium average separation increases and the effective adhesion energy decreases with increasing temperature. Moreover, the effect of a biaxial pre-strain in graphene is considered, and a buckling instability is predicted at a critical compressive strain that depends on both the temperature and the adhesive interactions. Limited by the harmonic approximations, the theoretical predictions agree with MD simulations only for relatively small rippling amplitudes but can be extended to account for the anharmonic effects.

  8. Test of a nonempirical density functional for short-range van der Waals interaction in rare-gas dimers

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    Tao, Jianmin

    2005-03-01

    It is known that the nonempirical generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE) provides a much more realistic description of the short-range part of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction than does the local spin density (LSD) approximation. In the present work, the ability of the higher-level nonempirical meta-GGA of Tao, Perdew, Staroverov, and Scuseria (TPSS) [Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 146401 (2003)] to describe vdW interaction is tested self-consistently in rare-gas dimers with Z <=36. The one-parameter hybrid version (TPSSh) of the TPSS exchange-correlation functional is also included in this test. Calculations show that both TPSS and TPSSh functionals correctly yield vdW bonds in these dimers and significantly improve the prediction of bond lengths and binding energies over LSD. The rather close agreement of TPSS with PBE for these dimers confirms a principle of the TPSS construction: preservation of the PBE large-gradient behavior. Compared with the PBE GGA, TPSS and TPSSh yield a slightly weaker binding. The typically too-long bond lengths and too-small binding energies of TPSS meta-GGA suggest the need for some long-range vdW interaction correction which is discussed.

  9. Accurate and Efficient Calculation of van der Waals Interactions Within Density Functional Theory by Local Atomic Potential Approach

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    Sun, Y. Y.; Kim, Y. H.; Lee, K.; Zhang, S. B.

    2008-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) in the commonly used local density or generalized gradient approximation fails to describe van der Waals (vdW) interactions that are vital to organic, biological, and other molecular systems. Here, we propose a simple, efficient, yet accurate local atomic potential (LAP) approach, named DFT+LAP, for including vdW interactions in the framework of DFT. The LAPs for H, C, N, and O are generated by fitting the DFT+LAP potential energy curves of small molecule dimers to those obtained from coupled cluster calculations with single, double, and perturbatively treated triple excitations, CCSD(T). Excellent transferability of the LAPs is demonstrated by remarkable agreement with the JSCH-2005 benchmark database [P. Jurecka et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 8, 1985 (2006)], which provides the interaction energies of CCSD(T) quality for 165 vdW and hydrogen-bonded complexes. For over 100 vdW dominant complexes in this database, our DFT+LAP calculations give a mean absolute deviation from the benchmark results less than 0.5 kcal/mol. The DFT+LAP approach involves no extra computational cost other than standard DFT calculations and no modification of existing DFT codes, which enables straightforward quantum simulations, such as ab initio molecular dynamics, on biomolecular systems, as well as on other organic systems.

  10. First-principles study of van der Waals interactions and lattice mismatch at MoS2/metal interfaces

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    Farmanbar, Mojtaba; Brocks, Geert

    2016-02-01

    We explore the adsorption of MoS2 on a range of metal substrates by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations. Including van der Waals forces in the density functional is essential to capture the interaction between MoS2 and a metal surface, and obtain reliable interface potential steps and Schottky barriers. Special care is taken to construct interface structures that have a mismatch between the MoS2 and the metal lattices of <1 % . MoS2 is chemisorbed on the early transition metal Ti, which leads to a strong perturbation of its (electronic) structure and a pinning of the Fermi level 0.54 eV below the MoS2 conduction band due to interface states. MoS2 is physisorbed on Au, where the bonding hardly perturbs the electronic structure. The bonding of MoS2 on other metals lies between these two extreme cases, with interface interactions for the late 3 d transition metals Co, Ni, Cu and the simple metal Mg that are somewhat stronger than for the late 4 d /5 d transition metals Pd, Ag, Pt and the simple metal Al. Even a weak interaction, such as in the case of Al, gives interface states, however, with energies inside the MoS2 band gap, which pin the Fermi level below the conduction band.

  11. van der Waals density functionals built upon the electron-gas tradition: Facing the challenge of competing interactions

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    Berland, Kristian; Arter, Calvin A; Cooper, Valentino R; Lee, Dr. Kyuho; Lundqvist, Prof. Bengt I.; Schroder, Prof. Elsebeth; Thonhauser, Prof. Timo; Hyldgaard, Per

    2014-01-01

    The theoretical description of sparse matter attracts much interest, in particular for those groundstate properties that can be described by density functional theory (DFT). One proposed approach, the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method, rests on strong physical foundations and offers simple yet accurate and robust functionals. A very recent functional within this method called vdW-DF-cx [K. Berland and P. Hyldgaard, Phys. Rev. B, in print] stands out in its attempt to use an exchange energy derived from the same plasmon-based theory from which the nonlocal correlation energy was derived. Encouraged by its good performance for solids, layered materials, and aromatic molecules, we apply it to several systems that are characterized by competing interactions. These include the ferroelectric response in PbTiO3, the adsorption of small molecules within metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), the graphite/diamond phase transition, and the adsorption of an aromaticmolecule on the Ag(111) surface. Our results indicate that vdW-DF-cx is overall well suited to tackle these challenging systems. In addition to being a competitive density functional for sparse matter, the vdW-DF-cx construction presents a more robust general purpose functional that could be applied to a range of materials problems with a variety of competing interactions.

  12. Effects of van der Waals Interactions in the Adsorption of Isooctane and Ethanol on Fe(100) Surfaces

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    2014-01-01

    van der Waals (vdW) forces play a fundamental role in the structure and behavior of diverse systems. Because of development of functionals that include nonlocal correlation, it is possible to study the effects of vdW interactions in systems of industrial and tribological interest. Here we simulated within the framework of density functional theory (DFT) the adsorption of isooctane (2,2,4-trimethylpentane) and ethanol on an Fe(100) surface, employing various exchange–correlation functionals to take vdW forces into account. In particular, this paper discusses the effect of vdW forces on the magnitude of adsorption energies, equilibrium geometries, and their role in the binding mechanism. According to our calculations, vdW interactions increase the adsorption energies and reduce the equilibrium distances. Nevertheless, they do not influence the spatial configuration of the adsorbed molecules. Their effect on the electronic density is a nonisotropic, delocalized accumulation of charge between the molecule and the slab. In conclusion, vdW forces are essential for the adsorption of isooctane and ethanol on a bcc Fe(100) surface. PMID:25126156

  13. van der Waals density functionals built upon the electron-gas tradition: Facing the challenge of competing interactions

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    Berland, Kristian; Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 ; Arter, Calvin A.; Thonhauser, T.; Cooper, Valentino R.; Lee, Kyuho; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 ; Lundqvist, Bengt I.; Schröder, Elsebeth; Hyldgaard, Per

    2014-05-14

    The theoretical description of sparse matter attracts much interest, in particular for those ground-state properties that can be described by density functional theory. One proposed approach, the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method, rests on strong physical foundations and offers simple yet accurate and robust functionals. A very recent functional within this method called vdW-DF-cx [K. Berland and P. Hyldgaard, Phys. Rev. B 89, 035412 (2014)] stands out in its attempt to use an exchange energy derived from the same plasmon-based theory from which the nonlocal correlation energy was derived. Encouraged by its good performance for solids, layered materials, and aromatic molecules, we apply it to several systems that are characterized by competing interactions. These include the ferroelectric response in PbTiO{sub 3}, the adsorption of small molecules within metal-organic frameworks, the graphite/diamond phase transition, and the adsorption of an aromatic-molecule on the Ag(111) surface. Our results indicate that vdW-DF-cx is overall well suited to tackle these challenging systems. In addition to being a competitive density functional for sparse matter, the vdW-DF-cx construction presents a more robust general-purpose functional that could be applied to a range of materials problems with a variety of competing interactions.

  14. Self-induced uniaxial strain in MoS2 monolayers with local van der Waals-stacked interlayer interactions.

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    Zhang, Kenan; Hu, Shuhong; Zhang, Yun; Zhang, Tianning; Zhou, Xiaohao; Sun, Yan; Li, Tian-Xin; Fan, Hong Jin; Shen, Guozhen; Chen, Xin; Dai, Ning

    2015-03-24

    Strain engineering is an effective method to tune the properties of electrons and phonons in semiconductor materials, including two-dimensional (2D) layered materials (e.g., MoS2 or graphene). External artificial stress (ExAS) or heterostructure stacking is generally required to induce strains for modulating semiconductor bandgaps and optoelectronic functions. For layered materials, the van der Waals-stacked interlayer interaction (vdW-SI) has been considered to dominate the interlayer stacking and intralayer bonding. Here, we demonstrate self-induced uniaxial strain in the MoS2 monolayer without the assistance of ExAS or heterostructure stacking processes. The uniaxial strain occurring in local monolayer regions is manifested by the Raman split of the in-plane vibration modes E2g(1) and is essentially caused by local vdW-SI within the single layer MoS2 due to a unique symmetric bilayer stacking. The local stacked configuration and the self-induced uniaxial strain may provide improved understanding of the fundamental interlayer interactions and alternative routes for strain engineering of layered structures. PMID:25716291

  15. van der Waals density functionals built upon the electron-gas tradition: facing the challenge of competing interactions.

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    Berland, Kristian; Arter, Calvin A; Cooper, Valentino R; Lee, Kyuho; Lundqvist, Bengt I; Schröder, Elsebeth; Thonhauser, T; Hyldgaard, Per

    2014-05-14

    The theoretical description of sparse matter attracts much interest, in particular for those ground-state properties that can be described by density functional theory. One proposed approach, the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method, rests on strong physical foundations and offers simple yet accurate and robust functionals. A very recent functional within this method called vdW-DF-cx [K. Berland and P. Hyldgaard, Phys. Rev. B 89, 035412 (2014)] stands out in its attempt to use an exchange energy derived from the same plasmon-based theory from which the nonlocal correlation energy was derived. Encouraged by its good performance for solids, layered materials, and aromatic molecules, we apply it to several systems that are characterized by competing interactions. These include the ferroelectric response in PbTiO3, the adsorption of small molecules within metal-organic frameworks, the graphite/diamond phase transition, and the adsorption of an aromatic-molecule on the Ag(111) surface. Our results indicate that vdW-DF-cx is overall well suited to tackle these challenging systems. In addition to being a competitive density functional for sparse matter, the vdW-DF-cx construction presents a more robust general-purpose functional that could be applied to a range of materials problems with a variety of competing interactions. PMID:24832347

  16. Application of mixed-mode, solid-phase extraction in environmental and clinical chemistry. Combining hydrogen-bonding, cation-exchange and Van der Waals interactions

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    Mills, M.S.; Thurman, E.M.; Pedersen, M.J.

    1993-01-01

    Silica- and styrene-divinylbenzene-based mixed-mode resins that contain C8, C18 and sulphonated cation-exchange groups were compared for their efficiency in isolation of neutral triazine compounds from water and of the basic drug, benzoylecgonine, from urine. The triazine compounds were isolated by a combination of Van der Waals and hydrogen-bonding interactions, and benzoylecgonine was isolated by Van der Waals interactions and cation exchange. All analytes were eluted with a polar organic solvent contaning 2% ammonium hydroxide. Larger recoveries (95%) were achieved on copolymerized mixed-mode resins where C18 and sulfonic acid are in closer proximity than on 'blended' mixed-mode resins (60-70% recovery).

  17. Effect of van der Waals interaction on the geometric and electronic properties of DNA nucleosides adsorbed on Cu(111) surface: a DFT study.

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    Bogdan, Diana; Morari, Cristian

    2013-06-01

    The geometrical properties and electronic structure of DNA nucleosides (deoxyadenosine, thymidine, deoxyguanosine, deoxycytidine) adsorbed on a metallic surface of Cu(111) are determined using density functional theory computations. In order to assess the effect of the long-range interaction upon the results of the DFT simulations, we compare the results of a standard GGA exchange-correlation functional with those produced by the newly developed van der Waals exchange-correlation functional. The most striking difference between the two sets of results occurs for the adsorption energies: standard functional predicts values representing about 30% of those obtained when van der Waals interaction is taken into account. The standard GGA functional favors slightly tilted orientation of the DNA bases with respect to the surface, while the inclusion of the van der Waals effect leads to an almost parallel orientation of the bases with the surface. On the other hand, the position of the sugar pucker is less influenced by the type of the exchange-correlation used. According to our studies, in the presence of long-range interactions, the molecule-surface charge transfer is qualitatively affected. Standard functional predicts a decrease of the electronic population of the adsorbate, while the presence of long-range interaction leads to an opposite effect. PMID:23647023

  18. Adsorption of organic molecules at the TiO2(110) surface: The effect of van der Waals interactions

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    Tillotson, Marcus J.; Brett, Peter M.; Bennett, Roger A.; Grau-Crespo, Ricardo

    2015-02-01

    Understanding the interaction of organic molecules with TiO2 surfaces is important for a wide range of technological applications. While density functional theory (DFT) calculations can provide valuable insight about these interactions, traditional DFT approaches with local exchange-correlation functionals suffer from a poor description of non-bonding van der Waals (vdW) forces. We examine here the vdW contribution to the interaction of small organic molecules (methane, methanol, formic acid and glycine) with the TiO2(110) surface, based on DFT calculations with the optB88-vdW functional, which incorporate non-local correlation. The adsorption geometries and energies at different configurations were also obtained in the standard generalized gradient approximation (GGA-PBE) for comparison. We find that the optB88-vdW consistently gives shorter surface adsorbate-to-surface distances and slightly stronger interactions than PBE for the weak (physisorbed) modes of adsorption. In the case of strongly adsorbed (chemisorbed) molecules both functionals give similar results for the adsorption geometries, and also similar values of the relative energies between different chemisorption modes for each molecule. In particular both functionals predict that dissociative adsorption is more favorable than molecular adsorption for methanol, formic acid and glycine, in general agreement with experiment. The dissociation energies obtained from both functionals are also very similar, indicating that vdW interactions do not affect the thermodynamics of surface deprotonation. However, the optB88-vdW always predicts stronger adsorption than PBE. The comparison of the methanol adsorption energies with values obtained from a Redhead analysis of temperature programmed desorption data suggests that optB88-vdW significantly overestimates the adsorption strength, although we warn about the uncertainties involved in such comparisons.

  19. Detachment of compliant films adhered to stiff substrates via van der Waals interactions: role of frictional sliding during peeling.

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    Collino, Rachel R; Philips, Noah R; Rossol, Michael N; McMeeking, Robert M; Begley, Matthew R

    2014-08-01

    The remarkable ability of some plants and animals to cling strongly to substrates despite relatively weak interfacial bonds has important implications for the development of synthetic adhesives. Here, we examine the origins of large detachment forces using a thin elastomer tape adhered to a glass slide via van der Waals interactions, which serves as a model system for geckos, mussels and ivy. The forces required for peeling of the tape are shown to be a strong function of the angle of peeling, which is a consequence of frictional sliding at the edge of attachment that serves to dissipate energy that would otherwise drive detachment. Experiments and theory demonstrate that proper accounting for frictional sliding leads to an inferred work of adhesion of only approximately 0.5 J m(-2) (defined for purely normal separations) for all load orientations. This starkly contrasts with the interface energies inferred using conventional interface fracture models that assume pure sticking behaviour, which are considerably larger and shown to depend not only on the mode-mixity, but also on the magnitude of the mode-I stress intensity factor. The implications for developing frameworks to predict detachment forces in the presence of interface sliding are briefly discussed. PMID:24920120

  20. Detachment of compliant films adhered to stiff substrates via van der Waals interactions: role of frictional sliding during peeling

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    Collino, Rachel R.; Philips, Noah R.; Rossol, Michael N.; McMeeking, Robert M.; Begley, Matthew R.

    2014-01-01

    The remarkable ability of some plants and animals to cling strongly to substrates despite relatively weak interfacial bonds has important implications for the development of synthetic adhesives. Here, we examine the origins of large detachment forces using a thin elastomer tape adhered to a glass slide via van der Waals interactions, which serves as a model system for geckos, mussels and ivy. The forces required for peeling of the tape are shown to be a strong function of the angle of peeling, which is a consequence of frictional sliding at the edge of attachment that serves to dissipate energy that would otherwise drive detachment. Experiments and theory demonstrate that proper accounting for frictional sliding leads to an inferred work of adhesion of only approximately 0.5 J m−2 (defined for purely normal separations) for all load orientations. This starkly contrasts with the interface energies inferred using conventional interface fracture models that assume pure sticking behaviour, which are considerably larger and shown to depend not only on the mode-mixity, but also on the magnitude of the mode-I stress intensity factor. The implications for developing frameworks to predict detachment forces in the presence of interface sliding are briefly discussed. PMID:24920120

  1. Adsorption of thiophene on Pt, Pd, Au, and Rh(100) surfaces with the role of the van der Waals' interaction

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    Malone, Walter; Matos, Jeronimo; Kara, Abdelkader

    We explore the adsorption of thiophene (C4H4S) on Pt(100), Au(100), Pd(100), and Rh(100) surfaces using density functional theory with and without self-consistent van der Waals interactions (vdWs). The six functionals we use are PBE, optB86b-vdW, optB88-vdW, optPBE-vdW, revPBE-vdW, and rPW86-vdW2. We examine a variety of adsorption sites with the molecule's plane both parallel and perpendicular to the surface. In the case of parallel adsorption the highest binding energy occurs when the molecule is centered over a hollow site with the sulfur atom near an atop site. The highest adsorption energy for perpendicular configurations is achieved when the sulfur atom lies over a bridge site and the carbon atoms near hollow sites. We find that for thiophene on the coinage metals the vdW functionals predict higher adsorption energies than those predicted by the PBE functional. On the other hand, for thiophene on the reactive transition metal substrates only optB86b-vdW, optB88-vdW, and optPBE-vdW result in an enhancement in the adsorption energy over the PBE value. We also explore some of the electronic properties of the system including charge transfer and change in the work function. Our results indicate that adsorption characteristics depends heavily on the functional used and geometry.

  2. Density-Functional Theory with Screened van der Waals Interactions for the Modeling of Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems

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    Ruiz, Victor G.; Liu, Wei; Zojer, Egbert; Scheffler, Matthias; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2012-02-01

    The electronic properties and the function of hybrid inorganic/organic systems (HIOS) are intimately linked to their geometry, with van der Waals (vdW) interactions playing an essential role for the latter. Here we show that the inclusion of the many--body collective response of the substrate electrons inside the inorganic bulk enables us to reliably predict the HIOS geometries and energies. Specifically, dispersion-corrected density-functional theory (the DFT+vdW approach) [PRL 102, 073005 (2009)], is combined with the Lifshitz-Zaremba-Kohn theory [PRB 13, 2270 (1976)] for the non--local Coulomb screening within the bulk. Our method (DFT+vdW^surf ) includes both image-plane and interface polarization effects. We show that DFT+vdW^surf yields geometries in remarkable agreement ( 0.1 å) with normal incidence x-ray standing wave measurements for the 3,4,9,10--perylene--tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (C24H8O6, PTCDA) molecule on Cu(111), Ag(111), and Au(111). Similarly accurate results are obtained for xenon and benzene adsorbed on metal surfaces.

  3. Curves of growth for van der Waals broadened spectral lines

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    Park, C.

    1980-01-01

    Curves of growth are evaluated for a spectral line broadened by the van der Waals interactions during collisions. The growth of the equivalent widths of such lines is shown to be dependent on the product of the perturber density and the 6/10 power of the van der Waals potential coefficient. When the parameter is small, the widths grow as the 1/2 power of the optical depth as they do for the Voigt profile: but when the parameter is large, they grow as 2/3 power and, hence, faster than the Voigt profile. An approximate analytical expression for the computed growth characteristics is given.

  4. Thermal effects on van der Waals adhesive forces

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    Pinon, A. V.; Wierez-Kien, M.; Craciun, A. D.; Beyer, N.; Gallani, J. L.; Rastei, M. V.

    2016-01-01

    We present an experimental and theoretical study on how thermal energy alters van der Waals adhesion forces in nanoscale contacts stretched by mechanical probes. The force follows a distribution whose density function is an asymmetric bell-shaped curve presenting a temperature-dependent negative skewness. With increasing temperature the asymmetry increases whereas the most probable force value decreases. Using a 2-8 Lennard-Jones interaction potential within the reaction rate theory, we offer a theoretical framework permitting an evaluation of the microscopic parameters governing adhesion in a van der Waals nanocontact subjected to mechanical fluctuations.

  5. Structure and stability of weakly chemisorbed ethene adsorbed on low-index Cu surfaces: performance of density functionals with van der Waals interactions

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    Hanke, Felix; Dyer, Matthew S.; Björk, Jonas; Persson, Mats

    2012-10-01

    We have investigated the performance of popular density functionals that include van der Waals interactions for the experimentally well-characterized problem of ethene (C2H4) adsorbed on the low-index surfaces of copper. This set of functionals does not only include three van der Waals density functionals—vdwDF-PBE, vdwDF-revPBE and optB86b-vdwDF—and two dispersion-corrected functionals—Grimme and TS-but also local and semi-local functionals such as LDA and PBE. The adsorption system of ethene on copper was chosen because it is a weakly chemisorbed system for which the vdW interactions are expected to give a significant contribution to the adsorption energy. Overall the density functionals that include vdW interactions increased substantially the adsorption energies compared to the PBE density functional but predicted the same adsorption sites and very similar C-C bonding distances except for two of the van der Waals functionals. The top adsorption site was predicted almost exclusively for all functionals on the (110), (100) and (111) surfaces, which is in agreement with experiment for the (110) surface but not for the (100) surface. On the (100) surface, all functionals except two van der Waals density functionals singled out the observed cross-hollow site from the calculated C-C bonding distances and adsorption heights. On the top sites on the (110) surface and the cross-hollow site on the Cu(100) surface, the ethene molecule was found to form a weak chemisorption bond. On the (111) surface, all functionals gave a C-C bonding distance and an adsorption height more typical for physisorption, in agreement with experiments.

  6. A molecular H2 potential for heterogeneous simulations including polarization and many-body van der Waals interactions.

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    McLaughlin, Keith; Cioce, Christian R; Belof, Jonathan L; Space, Brian; Space, Brian B

    2012-05-21

    A highly accurate aniostropic intermolecular potential for diatomic hydrogen has been developed that is transferable for molecular modeling in heterogeneous systems. The potential surface is designed to be efficacious in modeling mixed sorbates in metal-organic materials that include sorption interactions with charged interfaces and open metal sites. The potential parameters are compatible for mixed simulations but still maintain high accuracy while deriving dispersion parameters from a proven polarizability model. The potential includes essential physical interactions including: short-range repulsions, dispersion, and permanent and induced electrostatics. Many-body polarization is introduced via a point-atomic polarizability model that is also extended to account for many-body van der Waals interactions in a consistent fashion. Permanent electrostatics are incorporated using point partial charges on atomic sites. However, contrary to expectation, the best potentials are obtained by permitting the charges to take on values that do not reproduce the first non-vanishing moment of the electrostatic potential surface, i.e., the quadrupole moment. Potential parameters are fit to match ab initio energies for a representative range of dimer geometries. The resulting potential is shown to be highly effective by comparing to electronic structure calculations for a thermal distribution of trimer geometries, and by reproducing experimental bulk pressure-density isotherms. The surface is shown to be superior to other similarly portable potential choices even in tests on homogeneous systems without strong polarizing fields. The present streamlined approach to developing such potentials allows for a simple adaptation to other molecules amenable to investigation by high-level electronic structure methods. PMID:22612090

  7. The Economics of van der Waals Force Engineering

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    Pinto, Fabrizio

    2008-01-01

    As micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) fabrication continues on an ever-decreasing scale, new technological challenges must be successfully negotiated if Moore's Law is to be an even approximately valid model of the future of device miniaturization. Among the most significant obstacles is the existence of strong surface forces related to quantum mechanical van der Waals interatomic interactions, which rapidly diverge as the distance between any two neutral boundaries decreases. The van der Waals force is a contributing factor in several device failures and limitations, including, for instance, stiction and oscillator non-linearities. In the last decade, however, it has been conclusively shown that van der Waals forces are not just a MEMS limitation but can be engineered in both magnitude and sign so as to enable classes of proprietary inventions which either deliver novel capabilities or improve upon existing ones. The evolution of van der Waals force research from an almost exclusively theoretical field in quantum-electro-dynamics to an enabling nanotechnology discipline represents a useful example of the ongoing paradigm shift from government-centered to private-capital funded R&D in cutting-edge physics leading to potentially profitable products. In this paper, we discuss the reasons van der Waals force engineering may lead to the creation of thriving markets both in the short and medium terms by highlighting technical challenges that can be competitively addressed by this novel approach. We also discuss some notable obstacles to the cultural transformation of the academic research community required for the emergence of a functional van der Waals force engineering industry worldwide.

  8. Precise, Self-Limited Epitaxy of Ultrathin Organic Semiconductors and Heterojunctions Tailored by van der Waals Interactions.

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    Wu, Bing; Zhao, Yinghe; Nan, Haiyan; Yang, Ziyi; Zhang, Yuhan; Zhao, Huijuan; He, Daowei; Jiang, Zonglin; Liu, Xiaolong; Li, Yun; Shi, Yi; Ni, Zhenhua; Wang, Jinlan; Xu, Jian-Bin; Wang, Xinran

    2016-06-01

    Precise assembly of semiconductor heterojunctions is the key to realize many optoelectronic devices. By exploiting the strong and tunable van der Waals (vdW) forces between graphene and organic small molecules, we demonstrate layer-by-layer epitaxy of ultrathin organic semiconductors and heterostructures with unprecedented precision with well-defined number of layers and self-limited characteristics. We further demonstrate organic p-n heterojunctions with molecularly flat interface, which exhibit excellent rectifying behavior and photovoltaic responses. The self-limited organic molecular beam epitaxy (SLOMBE) is generically applicable for many layered small-molecule semiconductors and may lead to advanced organic optoelectronic devices beyond bulk heterojunctions. PMID:27183049

  9. Analysis of Van der Waals interactions between nanoparticles with different geometries, with accounting for three-particle contributions to the total energy

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    Emelyanenko, K. A.

    2016-05-01

    The Axilrod-Teller-Muto method with corrections for triple interactions is used to calculate the energies of Van der Waals interaction for nanosystems containing particles with different geometries. Results are presented for symmetric systems with identical cubic particles of different sizes, for film and cubic particle systems, and for the systems with differently oriented nanorods. Boundary and particle arrangement effects are studied. The fundamental importance of allowing for nonadditive contributions to obtain a reliable quantitative description of interaction processes inside nanosystems is demonstrated. The results are compared to ones obtained using analytical macroscopic methods and the limits of the applicability of macroscopic approximations are estimated.

  10. Influence of the van der Waals interaction in the dissociation dynamics of N2 on W(110) from first principles.

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    Martin-Gondre, L; Juaristi, J I; Blanco-Rey, M; Díez Muiño, R; Alducin, M

    2015-02-21

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) calculations, we investigate the role of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction in the dissociative adsorption of N2 on W(110). Hitherto, existing classical dynamics calculations performed on six-dimensional potential energy surfaces based on density functional theory (DFT), and the semi-local PW91 and RPBE [Hammer et al. Phys. Rev. B 59, 7413 (1999)] exchange-correlation functionals were unable to fully describe the dependence of the initial sticking coefficient on the molecular beam incidence conditions as found in experiments. N2 dissociation on W(110) was shown to be very sensitive not only to short molecule-surface distances but also to large distances where the vdW interaction, not included in semilocal-DFT, should dominate. In this work, we perform a systematic study on the dissociative adsorption using a selection of existing non-local functionals that include the vdW interaction (vdW-functionals). Clearly, the inclusion of the non-local correlation term contributes in all cases to correct the unrealistic energy barriers that were identified in the RPBE at large molecule-surface distances. Among the tested vdW-functionals, the original vdW-DF by Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] and the ulterior vdW-DF2 give also an adequate description of the N2 adsorption energy and energy barrier at the transition state, i.e., of the properties that are commonly used to verify the quality of any exchange-correlation functional. However, the results of our AIMD calculations, which are performed at different incidence conditions and hence extensively probe the multi-configurational potential energy surface of the system, do not seem as satisfactory as the preliminary static analysis suggested. When comparing the obtained dissociation probabilities with existing experimental data, none of the used vdW-functionals seems to provide altogether an adequate description of the N2/W(110) interaction at short and large distances

  11. Influence of the van der Waals interaction in the dissociation dynamics of N2 on W(110) from first principles

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    Martin-Gondre, L.; Juaristi, J. I.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Díez Muiño, R.; Alducin, M.

    2015-02-01

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) calculations, we investigate the role of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction in the dissociative adsorption of N2 on W(110). Hitherto, existing classical dynamics calculations performed on six-dimensional potential energy surfaces based on density functional theory (DFT), and the semi-local PW91 and RPBE [Hammer et al. Phys. Rev. B 59, 7413 (1999)] exchange-correlation functionals were unable to fully describe the dependence of the initial sticking coefficient on the molecular beam incidence conditions as found in experiments. N2 dissociation on W(110) was shown to be very sensitive not only to short molecule-surface distances but also to large distances where the vdW interaction, not included in semilocal-DFT, should dominate. In this work, we perform a systematic study on the dissociative adsorption using a selection of existing non-local functionals that include the vdW interaction (vdW-functionals). Clearly, the inclusion of the non-local correlation term contributes in all cases to correct the unrealistic energy barriers that were identified in the RPBE at large molecule-surface distances. Among the tested vdW-functionals, the original vdW-DF by Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] and the ulterior vdW-DF2 give also an adequate description of the N2 adsorption energy and energy barrier at the transition state, i.e., of the properties that are commonly used to verify the quality of any exchange-correlation functional. However, the results of our AIMD calculations, which are performed at different incidence conditions and hence extensively probe the multi-configurational potential energy surface of the system, do not seem as satisfactory as the preliminary static analysis suggested. When comparing the obtained dissociation probabilities with existing experimental data, none of the used vdW-functionals seems to provide altogether an adequate description of the N2/W(110) interaction at short and large distances.

  12. Third-order perturbation theory for van der Waals interaction coefficients

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    Tang Liyan; Shi Tingyun; Yan Zongchao; Mitroy, J.

    2011-11-15

    The third-order expression for the dispersion interaction between two atoms is written as a sum over lists of transition matrix elements. Particular attention is given to the C{sub 9}/R{sup 9} interaction which occurs in the homonuclear case when one atom is in an S state and the other is in a P state. Numerical values of the C{sub 9} coefficient are given for the homonuclear alkali-metal dimers. The size of the C{sub 9}:C{sub 3} dispersion coefficient ratio increases for the heavier alkali-metal atoms. The C{sub 11} and C{sub 13} coefficients between two helium atoms and lithium atoms in their ground states are also given.

  13. Resonance broadening and van der waals broadening

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    Mashonkina, L.

    2010-11-01

    Resonance broadening is important for the hydrogen lines in the spectra of F-type and later stars. In the corresponding temperature regime, the extended wings of the Balmer lines are used as a stellar effective temperature indicator. We show the effect of the use of two broadening theories, Ali & Griem (1965, 1966) and Barklem et al. (2000a, 2000b), on the effective temperature derived in non-LTE from Hα and Hβ in the Sun and the metal-poor star HD19445. Van der Waals broadening is important for strong spectral lines in the atmospheres of F-type and later stars. For the selected transitions in Ca I and Ca II, line profile comparisons are made between applying the van der Waals damping constants from laboratory measurements, the ABO perturbation theory, and the classic Unsöld approximation.

  14. A study to improve the van der Waals component of the interaction in water clusters

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    Albertí, M.; Aguilar, A.; Bartolomei, M.; Cappelletti, D.; Laganà, A.; Lucas, J. M.; Pirani, F.

    2008-11-01

    A portable model potential, representing the intermolecular interaction of water as a combination of a few effective components given in terms of the polarizability and dipole moment values of the molecular partners, is here proposed as a building block of the force field of water clusters in molecular dynamics simulations. In this spirit, here, we discuss the key properties of the model potential and its application to water dimers, trimers and tetramers with the purpose of extrapolating the results to very large clusters mimicking the liquid phase. The suitability of the model potential for dynamics investigations is checked by comparing on one hand the value of the second virial coefficient calculated for the gaseous dimer with experimental data measured over a wide range of temperature (273-3000 K) and, on the other hand, the calculated radial distribution functions and density with those obtained from experiments performed using liquid water.

  15. Van der Waals Layered Materials: Surface Morphology, Interlayer Interaction, and Electronic Structure

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    Yeh, Po-Chun

    The search for new ultrathin materials as the "new silicon" has begun. In this dissertation, I examine (1) the surface structure, including the growth, the crystal quality, and thin film surface corrugation of a monolayer sample and a few layers of MoS2 and WSe2, and (2) their electronic structure. The characteristics of these electronic systems depend intimately on the morphology of the surfaces they inhabit, and their interactions with the substrate or within layers. These physical properties will be addressed in each chapter. This thesis has dedicated to the characterization of mono- and a few layers of MoS2 and WSe2 that uses surface-sensitive probes such as low-energy electron microscopy and diffraction (LEEM and LEED). Prior to our studies, the characterization of monolayer MoS2 and WSe2 has been generally limited to optical and transport probes. Furthermore, the heavy use of thick silicon oxide layer as the supporting substrate has been important in order to allow optical microscopic characterization of the 2D material. Hence, to the best of our knowledge, this has prohibited studies of this material on other surfaces, and it has precluded the discovery of potentially rich interface interactions that may exist between MoS 2 and its supporting substrate. Thus, in our study, we use a so-called SPELEEM system (Spectroscopic Photo-Emission and Low Energy Electron Microscopy) to address these imaging modalities: (1) real-space microscopy, which would allow locating of monolayer MoS2 samples, (2) spatially-resolved low-energy diffraction which would allow confirmation of the crystalline quality and domain orientation of MoS2 samples, and, (3) spatially-resolved spectroscopy, which would allow electronic structure mapping of MoS2 samples. Moreover, we have developed a preparation procedure for samples that yield, a surface-probe ready, ultra-clean, and can be transferred on an arbitrary substrate. To fully understand the physics in MoS2 such as direct

  16. Dielectric Genome of van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    Andersen, Kirsten; Latini, Simone; Thygesen, Kristian S

    2015-07-01

    Vertical stacking of two-dimensional (2D) crystals, such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, has recently lead to a new class of materials known as van der Waals heterostructures (vdWHs) with unique and highly tunable electronic properties. Ab initio calculations should in principle provide a powerful tool for modeling and guiding the design of vdWHs, but in their traditional form such calculations are only feasible for commensurable structures with a few layers. Here we show that the dielectric properties of realistic, incommensurable vdWHs comprising hundreds of layers can be efficiently calculated using a multiscale approach where the dielectric functions of the individual layers (the dielectric building blocks) are computed ab initio and coupled together via the long-range Coulomb interaction. We use the method to illustrate the 2D-3D transition of the dielectric function of multilayer MoS2 crystals, the hybridization of quantum plasmons in thick graphene/hBN heterostructures, and to demonstrate the intricate effect of substrate screening on the non-Rydberg exciton series in supported WS2. The dielectric building blocks for a variety of 2D crystals are available in an open database together with the software for solving the coupled electrodynamic equations. PMID:26047386

  17. C{sub 6}H{sub 6}/Au(111): Interface dipoles, band alignment, charging energy, and van der Waals interaction

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    Abad, E.; Martinez, J. I.; Flores, F.; Ortega, J.; Dappe, Y. J.

    2011-01-28

    We analyze the benzene/Au(111) interface taking into account charging energy effects to properly describe the electronic structure of the interface and van der Waals interactions to obtain the adsorption energy and geometry. We also analyze the interface dipoles and discuss the barrier formation as a function of the metal work-function. We interpret our DFT calculations within the induced density of interface states (IDIS) model. Our results compare well with experimental and other theoretical results, showing that the dipole formation of these interfaces is due to the charge transfer between the metal and benzene, as described in the IDIS model.

  18. Exploration of the NH 3-H 2 van der Waals interaction by high level ab initio calculations

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    Mladenović, Mirjana; Lewerenz, Marius; Cilpa, Geraldine; Rosmus, Pavel; Chambaud, Gilberte

    2008-05-01

    The intermolecular potential energy for the van der Waals complex between ammonia and the hydrogen molecule has been studied by means of the coupled cluster CCSD(T) method and aug-cc-pVXZ (X = D, T, Q, 5) basis sets and with inclusion of the Boys and Bernardi counterpoise correction. For sufficiently large basis sets the only true electronic minimum energy structure of NH 3-H 2 is found to possess C3 v point group symmetry. Various minimum energy paths for the relative motion of NH 3 and H 2 are analysed in order to understand the topography of the intermolecular potential. The complete basis set limit for the electronic dissociation energy is estimated to be about 253 cm -1 at the CCSD(T) level.

  19. Density-functional theory with screened van der Waals interactions for the modeling of hybrid inorganic-organic systems.

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    Ruiz, Victor G; Liu, Wei; Zojer, Egbert; Scheffler, Matthias; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2012-04-01

    The electronic properties and the function of hybrid inorganic-organic systems (HIOS) are intimately linked to their interface geometry. Here we show that the inclusion of the many-body collective response of the substrate electrons inside the inorganic bulk enables us to reliably predict the HIOS geometries and energies. This is achieved by the combination of dispersion-corrected density-functional theory (the DFT+ van der Waals approach) [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 073005 (2009)], with the Lifshitz-Zaremba-Kohn theory for the nonlocal Coulomb screening within the bulk. Our method yields geometries in remarkable agreement (≈0.1 Å) with normal incidence x-ray standing wave measurements for the 3, 4, 9, 10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (C(24)O(6)H(8), PTCDA) molecule on Cu(111), Ag(111), and Au(111) surfaces. Similarly accurate results are obtained for xenon and benzene adsorbed on metal surfaces. PMID:22540809

  20. Van der Waals interaction between a molecule and a spherical cavity in a metal: Nonlocality and anisotropy effects

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    Labani, B.; Boustimi, M.; Baudon, J.

    1997-02-01

    The electric response field of a small spherical metallic cavity to a molecule characterized by fluctuating dipolar and quadrupolar moments is built from spherical tensor theory. The electric susceptibility of the field gradient between the two points inside the metallic cavity is formulated by a general expression of the van der Waals energy between the two partners. The induction contribution is introduced by using the field gradient susceptibilities of the cavity at zero frequency. In order to illustrate the nonlocal effects as well as the importance of the curvature of the metallic cavity on the magnitude of the physisorption energy, we present numerical results for typical systems (HF, HCl on Ag, Al, and Cu). {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  1. Ab initio and semi-empirical van der Waals study of graphene-boron nitride interaction from a molecular point of view.

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    Caciuc, Vasile; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Callsen, Martin; Lazić, Predrag; Blügel, Stefan

    2012-10-24

    We have performed a systematic semi-empirical and ab initio van der Waals study to investigate the bonding mechanism of benzene (C(6)H(6)), triazine (C(3)N(3)H(3)) and borazine (B(3)N(3)H(6)) adsorbed on graphene and a single boron nitride (BN) sheet. The two semi-empirical approaches used to include the van der Waals (vdW) interactions in our density functional theory (DFT) calculations suggest that the strength of the molecule-surface interaction corresponds to a strong physisorption with no net charge transfer between the molecules and the corresponding substrates. This observation is strengthened by the use of first-principles non-local correlation vdW-DF functionals which provide a sound physical basis to include vdW interactions in DFT calculations. In particular we have employed two flavors of vdW-DF functionals which enabled us to determine the role of the non-local correlation effects in the molecule-surface bonding mechanism which cannot be assessed by using only semi-empirical vdW methods. Our study also reveals that the strength of the molecule-surface interaction can be influenced by the electronegativity of the B, C and N atoms. PMID:23032913

  2. A natural orbital analysis of the long range behavior of chemical bonding and van der Waals interaction in singlet H2: the issue of zero natural orbital occupation numbers.

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    Sheng, X W; Mentel, Ł M; Gritsenko, O V; Baerends, E J

    2013-04-28

    This paper gives a natural orbital (NO) based analysis of the van der Waals interaction in (singlet) H2 at long distance. The van der Waals interaction, even if not leading to a distinct van der Waals well, affects the shape of the interaction potential in the van der Waals distance range of 5-9 bohrs and can be clearly distinguished from chemical bonding effects. In the NO basis the van der Waals interaction can be quantitatively covered with, apart from the ground state configurations (1σ(g))(2) and (1σ(u))(2), just the 4 configurations (2σ(g))(2) and (2σ(u))(2), and (1π(u))(2) and (1π(g))(2). The physics of the dispersion interaction requires and explains the peculiar relatively large positive CI coefficients of the doubly excited electron configurations (2σ(u))(2) and (1π(g))(2) (the occupancy amplitudes of the 2σ(u) and 1π(gx, y) NOs) in the distance range 5-9 bohrs, which have been observed before by Cioslowski and Pernal [Chem. Phys. Lett. 430, 188 (2006)]. We show that such positive occupancy amplitudes do not necessarily lead to the existence of zero occupation numbers at some H-H distances. PMID:23635109

  3. Combining density functional and incremental post-Hartree-Fock approaches for van der Waals dominated adsorbate-surface interactions: Ag{sub 2}/graphene

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    Lara-Castells, María Pilar de; Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O.; Stoll, Hermann

    2015-09-14

    A combined density functional (DFT) and incremental post-Hartree-Fock (post-HF) approach, proven earlier to calculate He-surface potential energy surfaces [de Lara-Castells et al., J. Chem. Phys. 141, 151102 (2014)], is applied to describe the van der Waals dominated Ag{sub 2}/graphene interaction. It extends the dispersionless density functional theory developed by Pernal et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] by including periodic boundary conditions while the dispersion is parametrized via the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)]. Starting with the elementary cluster unit of the target surface (benzene), continuing through the realistic cluster model (coronene), and ending with the periodic model of the extended system, modern ab initio methodologies for intermolecular interactions as well as state-of-the-art van der Waals-corrected density functional-based approaches are put together both to assess the accuracy of the composite scheme and to better characterize the Ag{sub 2}/graphene interaction. The present work illustrates how the combination of DFT and post-HF perspectives may be efficient to design simple and reliable ab initio-based schemes in extended systems for surface science applications.

  4. Combining density functional and incremental post-Hartree-Fock approaches for van der Waals dominated adsorbate-surface interactions: Ag2/graphene

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    de Lara-Castells, María Pilar; Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O.; Stoll, Hermann

    2015-09-01

    A combined density functional (DFT) and incremental post-Hartree-Fock (post-HF) approach, proven earlier to calculate He-surface potential energy surfaces [de Lara-Castells et al., J. Chem. Phys. 141, 151102 (2014)], is applied to describe the van der Waals dominated Ag2/graphene interaction. It extends the dispersionless density functional theory developed by Pernal et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] by including periodic boundary conditions while the dispersion is parametrized via the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)]. Starting with the elementary cluster unit of the target surface (benzene), continuing through the realistic cluster model (coronene), and ending with the periodic model of the extended system, modern ab initio methodologies for intermolecular interactions as well as state-of-the-art van der Waals-corrected density functional-based approaches are put together both to assess the accuracy of the composite scheme and to better characterize the Ag2/graphene interaction. The present work illustrates how the combination of DFT and post-HF perspectives may be efficient to design simple and reliable ab initio-based schemes in extended systems for surface science applications.

  5. Combining density functional and incremental post-Hartree-Fock approaches for van der Waals dominated adsorbate-surface interactions: Ag2/graphene.

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    de Lara-Castells, María Pilar; Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O; Stoll, Hermann

    2015-09-14

    A combined density functional (DFT) and incremental post-Hartree-Fock (post-HF) approach, proven earlier to calculate He-surface potential energy surfaces [de Lara-Castells et al., J. Chem. Phys. 141, 151102 (2014)], is applied to describe the van der Waals dominated Ag2/graphene interaction. It extends the dispersionless density functional theory developed by Pernal et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] by including periodic boundary conditions while the dispersion is parametrized via the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)]. Starting with the elementary cluster unit of the target surface (benzene), continuing through the realistic cluster model (coronene), and ending with the periodic model of the extended system, modern ab initio methodologies for intermolecular interactions as well as state-of-the-art van der Waals-corrected density functional-based approaches are put together both to assess the accuracy of the composite scheme and to better characterize the Ag2/graphene interaction. The present work illustrates how the combination of DFT and post-HF perspectives may be efficient to design simple and reliable ab initio-based schemes in extended systems for surface science applications. PMID:26373997

  6. van der Waals Heterostructures Grown by MBE

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    Hinkle, Christopher

    In this work, we demonstrate the high-quality MBE heterostructure growth of various layered 2D materials by van der Waals epitaxy (VDWE). The coupling of different types of van der Waals materials including transition metal dichalcogenide thin films (e.g., WSe2, WTe2, HfSe2) , insulating hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), and topological insulators (e.g., Bi2Se3) allows for the fabrication of novel electronic devices that take advantage of unique quantum confinement and spin-based characteristics. The relaxed lattice-matching criteria of van der Waals epitaxy has allowed for high-quality heterostructure growth with atomically abrupt interfaces, allowing us to couple these materials based primarily on their band alignment and electronic properties. We will discuss the impact of sample preparation, surface reactivity, and lattice mismatch of various substrates (sapphire, graphene, TMDs, Bi2Se3) on the growth mode and quality of the films and will discuss our studies of substrate temperature and flux rates on the resultant growth and grain size. Structural and chemical characterization was conducted via reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/S), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy. Experimentally determined band alignments have been determined and compared with first-principles calculations allowing the design of novel low-power logic and magnetic memory devices. Initial results from the electrical characterization of these grown thin films and some simple devices will also be presented. These VDWE grown layered 2D materials show significant potential for fabricating novel heterostructures with tunable band alignments and magnetic properties for a variety of nanoelectronic and optoelectronic applications.

  7. Generalized van der Waals density functional theory for nonuniform polymers

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    Patra, Chandra N.; Yethiraj, Arun

    2000-01-15

    A density functional theory is presented for the effect of attractions on the structure of polymers at surfaces. The theory treats the ideal gas functional exactly, and uses a weighted density approximation for the hard chain contribution to the excess free energy functional. The attractive interactions are treated using a van der Waals approximation. The theory is in good agreement with computer simulations for the density profiles at surfaces for a wide range of densities and temperatures, except for low polymer densities at low temperatures where it overestimates the depletion of chains from the surface. This deficiency is attributed to the neglect of liquid state correlations in the van der Waals term of the free energy functional. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  8. Density-Functional Theory with Screened van der Waals Interactions for the Modeling of Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Systems

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    Ruiz, Victor G.; Liu, Wei; Zojer, Egbert; Scheffler, Matthias; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2012-04-01

    The electronic properties and the function of hybrid inorganic-organic systems (HIOS) are intimately linked to their interface geometry. Here we show that the inclusion of the many-body collective response of the substrate electrons inside the inorganic bulk enables us to reliably predict the HIOS geometries and energies. This is achieved by the combination of dispersion-corrected density-functional theory (the DFT+ van der Waals approach) [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 073005 (2009)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.102.073005], with the Lifshitz-Zaremba-Kohn theory for the nonlocal Coulomb screening within the bulk. Our method yields geometries in remarkable agreement (≈0.1Å) with normal incidence x-ray standing wave measurements for the 3, 4, 9, 10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (C24O6H8, PTCDA) molecule on Cu(111), Ag(111), and Au(111) surfaces. Similarly accurate results are obtained for xenon and benzene adsorbed on metal surfaces.

  9. Basis sets for the evaluation of van der Waals complex interaction energies: Ne-N2 intermolecular potential and microwave spectrum.

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    Baranowska-Łączkowska, Angelika; Fernández, Berta

    2014-01-30

    In order to obtain efficient basis sets for the evaluation of van der Waals complex intermolecular potentials, we carry out systematic basis set studies. For this, interaction energies at representative geometries on the potential energy surfaces are evaluated using the CCSD(T) correlation method and large polarized LPol-n and augmented polarization-consistent aug-pc-2 basis sets extended with different sets of midbond functions. On the basis of the root mean square errors calculated with respect to the values for the most accurate potentials available, basis sets are selected for fitting the corresponding interaction energies and getting analytical potentials. In this work, we study the Ne-N2 van der Waals complex and after the above procedure, the aug-pc-2-3321 and the LPol-ds-33221 basis set results are fitted. The obtained potentials are characterized by T-shaped global minima at distances between the Ne atom and the N2 center of mass of 3.39 Å, with interaction energies of -49.36 cm(-1) for the aug-pc-2-3321 surface and -50.28 cm(-1) for the LPol-ds-33221 surface. Both sets of results are in excellent agreement with the reference surface. To check the potentials further microwave transition frequencies are calculated that agree well with the experimental and the aV5Z-33221 values. The success of this study suggests that it is feasible to carry out similar accurate calculations of interaction energies and ro-vibrational spectra at reduced cost for larger complexes than has been possible hitherto. PMID:24375320

  10. Band Gap Engineering of PbI2 by Incommensurate Van der Waals Epitaxy

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    Wang, Yiping; Shi, Jian

    Van der Waals epitaxial growth had been thought to have trivial contribution on inducing substantial epitaxial strain in thin films due to its weak nature of Van der Waals interfacial energy. Due to this, electrical and optical structure engineering via Van der Waals epitaxial strain has been rarely studied. However, by appropriate film-substrate selection, we show that significant band structure engineering could be achieved in a soft thin film material PbI2 via Van der Waals epitaxy. The thickness dependent photoluminescence of single crystal PbI2 flakes was studied and attributed to the substrate-film coupling effect via incommensurate Van der Waals epitaxy. It is proposed that the Van der Waals strain is resulted from the soft nature of PbI2 and large Van der Waals interaction due to the involvement of heavy elements. Such strain plays vital roles in modifying the band gap of PbI2. The deformation potential theory is used to quantitatively unveil the correlation between thickness, strain and band gap change. Our hypothesis is confirmed by the subsequent mechanical bending test and Raman characterization.

  11. Tunnelling in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Mishchenko, Artem; Novoselov, Kostya; Geim, Andre; Eaves, Laurence; Falko, Vladimir

    When graphene and other conductive two-dimensional (2D) materials are separated by an atomically thin insulating 2D crystal, quantum mechanical tunnelling leads to appreciable current between two 2D conductors due to the overlap of their wavefunctions. These tunnel devices demonstrate interesting physics and potential for applications: such effects as resonant tunnelling, negative differential conductance, light emission and detection have already been demonstrated. In this presentation we will outline the current status and perspectives of tunnelling transistors based on 2D materials assembled into van der Waals heterostructures. Particularly, we will present results on mono- and bilayer graphene tunnelling, tunnelling in 2D crystal-based quantum wells, and tunnelling in superconducting 2D materials. Such effects as momentum and chirality conservation, phonon- and impurity-assisted tunnelling will also be discussed. Finally, we will ponder the implications of discovered effects for practical applications.

  12. Van der Waals stacks of few-layer h-AlN with graphene: an ab initio study of structural, interaction and electronic properties

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    dos Santos, Renato B.; de Brito Mota, F.; Rivelino, R.; Kakanakova-Georgieva, A.; Gueorguiev, G. K.

    2016-04-01

    Graphite-like hexagonal AlN (h-AlN) multilayers have been experimentally manifested and theoretically modeled. The development of any functional electronics applications of h-AlN would most certainly require its integration with other layered materials, particularly graphene. Here, by employing vdW-corrected density functional theory calculations, we investigate structure, interaction energy, and electronic properties of van der Waals stacking sequences of few-layer h-AlN with graphene. We find that the presence of a template such as graphene induces enough interlayer charge separation in h-AlN, favoring a graphite-like stacking formation. We also find that the interface dipole, calculated per unit cell of the stacks, tends to increase with the number of stacked layers of h-AlN and graphene.

  13. Phonons in nonlocal van der Waals density functional theory

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    Sabatini, Riccardo; Küçükbenli, Emine; Pham, Cong Huy; de Gironcoli, Stefano

    2016-06-01

    We extend the formulation of density functional perturbation theory to treat nonlocal density functionals, accounting for van der Waals interactions, in a rigorous and efficient way. We provide a general formalism, suitable for any functional in this family, and give specific equations for the most widely used ones. We then study the lattice dynamics of graphite, comparing several nonlocal functionals and the local density approximation, showing that our recent revision of the VV10 functional [R. Sabatini et al., Phys. Rev. B 87, 041108(R) (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.041108] gives the best comparison with experiments.

  14. Hybrid Meson Potentials and the Gluonic van der Waals Force

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    O. Lakhina; E.S. Swanson

    2004-03-01

    The chromoelectric polarizability of mesons governs the strength of the gluonic van der Waals force and therefore of non-quark-exchange processes in hadronic physics. We compute the polarizability of heavy mesons with the aid of lattice gauge theory and the Born--Oppenheimer adiabatic expansion. We find that the operator product expansion breaks down at surprisingly large quarks masses due to nonperturbative gluodynamics and that previous conclusions concerning J/{psi}--nuclear matter interactions and J/{psi} dissociation in the quark-gluon plasma must be substantially modified.

  15. Isotope separation by photodissociation of Van der Waal's molecules

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    Lee, Yuan T.

    1977-01-01

    A method of separating isotopes based on the dissociation of a Van der Waal's complex. A beam of molecules of a Van der Waal's complex containing, as one partner of the complex, a molecular species in which an element is present in a plurality of isotopes is subjected to radiation from a source tuned to a frequency which will selectively excite vibrational motion by a vibrational transition or through electronic transition of those complexed molecules of the molecular species which contain a desired isotope. Since the Van der Waal's binding energy is much smaller than the excitational energy of vibrational motion, the thus excited Van der Waal's complex dissociate into molecular components enriched in the desired isotope. The recoil velocity associated with vibrational to translational and rotational relaxation will send the separated molecules away from the beam whereupon the product enriched in the desired isotope can be separated from the constituents of the beam.

  16. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction.

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-01-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency. PMID:26830754

  17. Picosecond photoresponse in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Massicotte, M; Schmidt, P; Vialla, F; Schädler, K G; Reserbat-Plantey, A; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Tielrooij, K J; Koppens, F H L

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides demonstrate a range of unique and complementary optoelectronic properties. Assembling different two-dimensional materials in vertical heterostructures enables the combination of these properties in one device, thus creating multifunctional optoelectronic systems with superior performance. Here, we demonstrate that graphene/WSe2/graphene heterostructures ally the high photodetection efficiency of transition-metal dichalcogenides with a picosecond photoresponse comparable to that of graphene, thereby optimizing both speed and efficiency in a single photodetector. We follow the extraction of photoexcited carriers in these devices using time-resolved photocurrent measurements and demonstrate a photoresponse time as short as 5.5 ps, which we tune by applying a bias and by varying the transition-metal dichalcogenide layer thickness. Our study provides direct insight into the physical processes governing the detection speed and quantum efficiency of these van der Waals heterostuctures, such as out-of-plane carrier drift and recombination. The observation and understanding of ultrafast and efficient photodetection demonstrate the potential of hybrid transition-metal dichalcogenide-based heterostructures as a platform for future optoelectronic devices. PMID:26436565

  18. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-01-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency. PMID:26830754

  19. Picosecond photoresponse in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Massicotte, M.; Schmidt, P.; Vialla, F.; Schädler, K. G.; Reserbat-Plantey, A.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Tielrooij, K. J.; Koppens, F. H. L.

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides demonstrate a range of unique and complementary optoelectronic properties. Assembling different two-dimensional materials in vertical heterostructures enables the combination of these properties in one device, thus creating multifunctional optoelectronic systems with superior performance. Here, we demonstrate that graphene/WSe2/graphene heterostructures ally the high photodetection efficiency of transition-metal dichalcogenides with a picosecond photoresponse comparable to that of graphene, thereby optimizing both speed and efficiency in a single photodetector. We follow the extraction of photoexcited carriers in these devices using time-resolved photocurrent measurements and demonstrate a photoresponse time as short as 5.5 ps, which we tune by applying a bias and by varying the transition-metal dichalcogenide layer thickness. Our study provides direct insight into the physical processes governing the detection speed and quantum efficiency of these van der Waals heterostuctures, such as out-of-plane carrier drift and recombination. The observation and understanding of ultrafast and efficient photodetection demonstrate the potential of hybrid transition-metal dichalcogenide-based heterostructures as a platform for future optoelectronic devices.

  20. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-02-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency.

  1. Density-functional theory with screened van der Waals interactions applied to atomic and molecular adsorbates on close-packed and non-close-packed surfaces

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    Ruiz, Victor G.; Liu, Wei; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    Modeling the adsorption of atoms and molecules on surfaces requires efficient electronic-structure methods that are able to capture both covalent and noncovalent interactions in a reliable manner. In order to tackle this problem, we have developed a method within density-functional theory (DFT) to model screened van der Waals interactions (vdW) for atoms and molecules on surfaces (the so-called DFT+vdWsurf method). The relatively high accuracy of the DFT+vdWsurf method in the calculation of both adsorption distances and energies, as well as the high degree of its reliability across a wide range of adsorbates, indicates the importance of the collective electronic effects within the extended substrate for the calculation of the vdW energy tail. We examine in detail the theoretical background of the method and assess its performance for adsorption phenomena including the physisorption of Xe on selected close-packed transition metal surfaces and 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) on Au(111). We also address the performance of DFT+vdWsurf in the case of non-close-packed surfaces by studying the adsorption of Xe on Cu(110) and the interfaces formed by the adsorption of a PTCDA monolayer on the Ag(111), Ag(100), and Ag(110) surfaces. We conclude by discussing outstanding challenges in the modeling of vdW interactions for studying atomic and molecular adsorbates on inorganic substrates.

  2. The dependence of scattering length on van der Waals interaction and reduced mass of the system in two-atomic collision at cold energies

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    RAY, HASI

    2016-06-01

    The static-exchange model (SEM) and the modified static-exchange model (MSEM) recently introduced by Ray [1] is applied to study the elastic collision between two hydrogen-like atoms when both are in ground states considering the system as a four-body Coulomb problem in the center of mass frame, in which all the Coulomb interaction terms in direct and exchange channels are treated exactly. The SEM includes the non-adiabatic short-range effect due to electron-exchange. The MSEM added in it, the long-range effect due to induced dynamic dipole polarizabilities between the atoms e.g. the Van der Waals interaction. Applying the SEM code in different H-like two-atomic systems, a reduced mass dependence on scattering length is observed. Again applying the MSEM code on H(1s)-H(1s) elastic scattering and varying the minimum values of interatomic distance, the dependence of scattering length on the effective interatomic potential consistent with the existing physics are observed. Both these basic findings in low and cold energy atomic collision physics are quite useful and are being reported for the first time.

  3. Synthesis and Investigation of van der Waals Heterostructures

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    McCreary, Kathleen; Hanbicki, Aubrey; Culbertson, James; Currie, Marc; Jonker, Berend

    2015-03-01

    The recent isolation of single layers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) has demonstrated that reducing dimensionality can alter the material properties. In particular, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2 exhibit an abrupt transition from indirect to direct bandgap semiconductors at monolayer thickness. Monolayer TMDs are promising materials for electronic components due to their high mobility, high on/off ratio, and low standby power dissipation. Additionally, selective layer-by-layer stacking to form van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures may provide the ability to controllably engineer electronic, optic, and spintronic properties. Recently, several methods were investigated to achieve vdW heterostructures including sequential exfoliation, stacking of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown monolayers, and epitaxial growth of bilayers. We detail our CVD synthesis of the monolayer TMDs (MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2) and the subsequent fabrication and characterization of vdW heterostructures. In our heterostructures, we observe a dramatic decrease in PL intensity compared to the monolayer constituents. The Raman spectra exhibit clear and distinct differences from a superposition of monolayer spectra, demonstrating that interactions across the van der Waals interface in these heterostructures may significantly modify the net electronic properties. We find the observed behaviors are influenced by many factors, including charge transfer, substrate effects, stacking sequence, as well as intra- and inter-layer exciton formation, which will be discussed here.

  4. Two-dimensional van der Waals C60 molecular crystal

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    Reddy, C. D.; Gen Yu, Zhi; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides et al. have drawn extraordinary attention recently. For these 2D materials, atoms within their monolayer are covalently bonded. An interesting question arises: Can molecules form a 2D monolayer crystal via van der Waals interactions? Here, we first study the structural stability of a free-standing infinite C60 molecular monolayer using molecular dynamic simulations, and find that the monolayer is stable up to 600 K. We further study the mechanical properties of the monolayer, and find that the elastic modulus, ultimate tensile stress and failure strain are 55–100 GPa, 90–155 MPa, and 1.5–2.3%, respectively, depending on the stretching orientation. The monolayer fails due to shearing and cavitation under uniaxial tensile loading. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the monolayer are found to be delocalized and as a result, the band gap is reduced to only 60% of the isolated C60 molecule. Interestingly, this band gap can be tuned up to ±30% using strain engineering. Owing to its thermal stability, low density, strain-tunable semi-conducting characteristics and large bending flexibility, this van der Waals molecular monolayer crystal presents aplenty opportunities for developing novel applications in nanoelectronics. PMID:26183501

  5. Two-dimensional van der Waals C60 molecular crystal

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    Reddy, C. D.; Gen Yu, Zhi; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2015-07-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides et al. have drawn extraordinary attention recently. For these 2D materials, atoms within their monolayer are covalently bonded. An interesting question arises: Can molecules form a 2D monolayer crystal via van der Waals interactions? Here, we first study the structural stability of a free-standing infinite C60 molecular monolayer using molecular dynamic simulations, and find that the monolayer is stable up to 600 K. We further study the mechanical properties of the monolayer, and find that the elastic modulus, ultimate tensile stress and failure strain are 55-100 GPa, 90-155 MPa, and 1.5-2.3%, respectively, depending on the stretching orientation. The monolayer fails due to shearing and cavitation under uniaxial tensile loading. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the monolayer are found to be delocalized and as a result, the band gap is reduced to only 60% of the isolated C60 molecule. Interestingly, this band gap can be tuned up to ±30% using strain engineering. Owing to its thermal stability, low density, strain-tunable semi-conducting characteristics and large bending flexibility, this van der Waals molecular monolayer crystal presents aplenty opportunities for developing novel applications in nanoelectronics.

  6. Capillary and van der Waals interactions on CaF2 crystals from amplitude modulation AFM force reconstruction profiles under ambient conditions

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    Calò, Annalisa; Robles, Oriol Vidal; Santos, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    Summary There has been much interest in the past two decades to produce experimental force profiles characteristic of the interaction between nanoscale objects or a nanoscale object and a plane. Arguably, the advent of the atomic force microscope AFM was instrumental in driving such efforts because, in principle, force profiles could be recovered directly. Nevertheless, it has taken years before techniques have developed enough as to recover the attractive part of the force with relatively low noise and without missing information on critical ranges, particularly under ambient conditions where capillary interactions are believed to dominate. Thus a systematic study of the different profiles that may arise in such situations is still lacking. Here we employ the surfaces of CaF2, on which nanoscale water films form, to report on the range and force profiles that might originate by dynamic capillary interactions occurring between an AFM tip and nanoscale water patches. Three types of force profiles were observed under ambient conditions. One in which the force decay resembles the well-known inverse-square law typical of van der Waals interactions during the first 0.5–1 nm of decay, a second one in which the force decays almost linearly, in relatively good agreement with capillary force predicted by the constant chemical potential approximation, and a third one in which the attractive force is almost constant, i.e., forms a plateau, up to 3–4 nm above the surface when the formation of a capillary neck dominates the tip–sample interaction. PMID:25977852

  7. Ab initiointermolecular potential energy surface of Ne···NCCN van der Waals complex: effect of the place of midbond function on the interaction

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    Solimannejad, Mohammad; Jouypazadeh, Hamidreza; Farrokhpour, Hossein

    2015-11-01

    The intermolecular potential energy surface of Ne...NCCN van der Waals complex was evaluated in the framework of the counterpoise-corrected supermolecular approach using CCSD(T) level and aug-cc-pVDZ basis set extended with a set of midbond (3s3p2d1f1g) functions. The effect of the place of midbond function on the accuracy of the calculated potential energy surface was examined and the optimised position for placing midbond function was determined. The calculated potential energy surface was fitted by an analytical function. The analytical function of intermolecular potential energy surface of Ne...NCCN demonstrated a global minimum energy of -12.024 meV related to the T-shape geometry at the distance between Ne and the centre of mass of NCCN of 3.28 Å. Finally, the interaction second virial coefficients (B12) of Ne and NCCN were calculated and used to calculate the second virial coefficients for the mixture of neon and cyanogen gases at different mole fractions of Ne gas.

  8. Understanding the role of vibrations, exact exchange, and many-body van der Waals interactions in the cohesive properties of molecular crystals

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    Reilly, Anthony M.; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2013-07-01

    The development and application of computational methods for studying molecular crystals, particularly density-functional theory (DFT), is a large and ever-growing field, driven by their numerous applications. Here we expand on our recent study of the importance of many-body van der Waals interactions in molecular crystals [A. M. Reilly and A. Tkatchenko, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 1028 (2013), 10.1021/jz400226x], with a larger database of 23 molecular crystals. Particular attention has been paid to the role of the vibrational contributions that are required to compare experiment sublimation enthalpies with calculated lattice energies, employing both phonon calculations and experimental heat-capacity data to provide harmonic and anharmonic estimates of the vibrational contributions. Exact exchange, which is rarely considered in DFT studies of molecular crystals, is shown to have a significant contribution to lattice energies, systematically improving agreement between theory and experiment. When the vibrational and exact-exchange contributions are coupled with a many-body approach to dispersion, DFT yields a mean absolute error (3.92 kJ/mol) within the coveted "chemical accuracy" target (4.2 kJ/mol). The role of many-body dispersion for structures has also been investigated for a subset of the database, showing good performance compared to X-ray and neutron diffraction crystal structures. The results show that the approach employed here can reach the demanding accuracy of crystal-structure prediction and organic material design with minimal empiricism.

  9. Understanding the role of vibrations, exact exchange, and many-body van der Waals interactions in the cohesive properties of molecular crystals.

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    Reilly, Anthony M; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2013-07-14

    The development and application of computational methods for studying molecular crystals, particularly density-functional theory (DFT), is a large and ever-growing field, driven by their numerous applications. Here we expand on our recent study of the importance of many-body van der Waals interactions in molecular crystals [A. M. Reilly and A. Tkatchenko, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 1028 (2013)], with a larger database of 23 molecular crystals. Particular attention has been paid to the role of the vibrational contributions that are required to compare experiment sublimation enthalpies with calculated lattice energies, employing both phonon calculations and experimental heat-capacity data to provide harmonic and anharmonic estimates of the vibrational contributions. Exact exchange, which is rarely considered in DFT studies of molecular crystals, is shown to have a significant contribution to lattice energies, systematically improving agreement between theory and experiment. When the vibrational and exact-exchange contributions are coupled with a many-body approach to dispersion, DFT yields a mean absolute error (3.92 kJ/mol) within the coveted "chemical accuracy" target (4.2 kJ/mol). The role of many-body dispersion for structures has also been investigated for a subset of the database, showing good performance compared to X-ray and neutron diffraction crystal structures. The results show that the approach employed here can reach the demanding accuracy of crystal-structure prediction and organic material design with minimal empiricism. PMID:23862957

  10. Role of the van der Waals interactions on the bonding mechanism of pyridine on Cu(110) and Ag(110) surface: First-principles study

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    Atodiresei, N.; Caciuc, V.; Franke, J.-H.; Blügel, S.

    2008-07-01

    We performed density-functional calculations aimed to investigate the adsorption mechanism of a single pyridine (C5H5N) molecule on Cu(110) and Ag(110) surfaces. Our ab initio simulations show that, in the ground state, the pyridine molecule adsorbs with its molecular plane perpendicular to these substrates and is oriented along the [001] direction. In this case, the bonding mechanism involves a σ bond through the lone-pair electrons of the nitrogen atom. When the heterocyclic ring is parallel to the surface, the bonding takes place via π -like molecular orbitals. However, depending on the position of the N atom on the surface, the planar adsorption configuration can relax to a perpendicular geometry. The role of the long-range van der Waals interactions on the adsorption geometries and energies was analyzed in the framework of the semiempirical method proposed by Grimme [J. Comput. Chem. 27, 1787 (2006)]. We demonstrate that these dispersion effects are very important for geometry and electronic structure of flat adsorption configurations.

  11. Spontaneous stacking faults in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Boussinot, G.

    2016-08-01

    The rapid developments in the manipulation of two-dimensional monoatomic layers such as graphene or h-BN allow one to create heterostructures consisting of possibly many chemically different layers, stacked owing to van der Waals attraction. We propose a Frenkel-Kontorova model including a transverse degree of freedom in order to describe local deformations in these heterostructures. We study the case where two dissimilar monolayers are alternatively stacked, and find that stacking faults may emerge spontaneously for a large enough number of stacked layers as a result of the competition between adhesion and elastic energies. This symmetry-breaking transition should become of fundamental importance for the description of three-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures as soon as a precise control on the lattice orientation of the van der Waals layers is achieved.

  12. Van der Waals stacked 2D layered materials for optoelectronics

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    Zhang, Wenjing; Wang, Qixing; Chen, Yu; Wang, Zhuo; Wee, Andrew T. S.

    2016-06-01

    The band gaps of many atomically thin 2D layered materials such as graphene, black phosphorus, monolayer semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides and hBN range from 0 to 6 eV. These isolated atomic planes can be reassembled into hybrid heterostructures made layer by layer in a precisely chosen sequence. Thus, the electronic properties of 2D materials can be engineered by van der Waals stacking, and the interlayer coupling can be tuned, which opens up avenues for creating new material systems with rich functionalities and novel physical properties. Early studies suggest that van der Waals stacked 2D materials work exceptionally well, dramatically enriching the optoelectronics applications of 2D materials. Here we review recent progress in van der Waals stacked 2D materials, and discuss their potential applications in optoelectronics.

  13. Collisional stabilization of van der Waals states of ozone

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    Ivanov, Mikhail V.; Babikov, Dmitri

    2011-05-01

    The mixed quantum-classical theory developed earlier [M. Ivanov and D. Babikov, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 144107 (2011)] is employed to treat the collisional energy transfer and the ro-vibrational energy flow in a recombination reaction that forms ozone. Assumption is that the van der Waals states of ozone are formed in the O + O2 collisions, and then stabilized into the states of covalent well by collisions with bath gas. Cross sections for collision induced dissociation of van der Waals states of ozone, for their stabilization into the covalent well, and for their survival in the van der Waals well are computed. The role these states may play in the kinetics of ozone formation is discussed.

  14. Test of a nonempirical density functional: Short-range part of the van der Waals interaction in rare-gas dimers

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    Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P.

    2005-03-01

    It is known that the nonempirical generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE) provides a much more realistic description of the short-range part of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction than does the local spin density (LSD) approximation. In the present work, the ability of the higher-level nonempirical meta-GGA of Tao, Perdew, Staroverov, and Scuseria (TPSS) to describe vdW interaction is tested self-consistently in ten rare-gas dimers with Z ⩽36. The one-parameter hybrid version (TPSSh) of the TPSS exchange-correlation functional is also included in this test. Calculations show that both TPSS and TPSSh functionals correctly yield vdW bonds in these dimers and significantly improve the prediction of bond lengths, binding energies, and harmonic vibrational frequencies over LSD. The rather close agreement of TPSS with PBE for these dimers confirms a principle of the TPSS construction: preservation of the PBE large-gradient behavior. More importantly, it suggests that TPSS can serve as a platform on which to construct a still-higher level of nonempirical functionals. Compared with the PBE GGA, TPSS, and TPSSh yield a slightly weaker binding. As for normally bonded molecules, TPSSh yields the most accurate vibrational frequencies. The typically too-long bond lengths and too-small binding energies of TPSS meta-GGA suggest the need for some long-range vdW interaction correction even in this class of systems. The effect of basis-set superposition error on the calculated properties of these vdW systems is investigated. We also show that the relatively strong anharmonic effects in the rare-gas dimers are described remarkably well by the Morse potential.

  15. Test of a nonempirical density functional: short-range part of the van der Waals interaction in rare-gas dimers.

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    Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P

    2005-03-15

    It is known that the nonempirical generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE) provides a much more realistic description of the short-range part of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction than does the local spin density (LSD) approximation. In the present work, the ability of the higher-level nonempirical meta-GGA of Tao, Perdew, Staroverov, and Scuseria (TPSS) to describe vdW interaction is tested self-consistently in ten rare-gas dimers with Z< or =36. The one-parameter hybrid version (TPSSh) of the TPSS exchange-correlation functional is also included in this test. Calculations show that both TPSS and TPSSh functionals correctly yield vdW bonds in these dimers and significantly improve the prediction of bond lengths, binding energies, and harmonic vibrational frequencies over LSD. The rather close agreement of TPSS with PBE for these dimers confirms a principle of the TPSS construction: preservation of the PBE large-gradient behavior. More importantly, it suggests that TPSS can serve as a platform on which to construct a still-higher level of nonempirical functionals. Compared with the PBE GGA, TPSS, and TPSSh yield a slightly weaker binding. As for normally bonded molecules, TPSSh yields the most accurate vibrational frequencies. The typically too-long bond lengths and too-small binding energies of TPSS meta-GGA suggest the need for some long-range vdW interaction correction even in this class of systems. The effect of basis-set superposition error on the calculated properties of these vdW systems is investigated. We also show that the relatively strong anharmonic effects in the rare-gas dimers are described remarkably well by the Morse potential. PMID:15836196

  16. Van der Waals molecular interactions in the organic functionalization of graphane, silicane, and germanane with alkene and alkyne molecules: a DFT-D2 study.

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    Rubio-Pereda, Pamela; Takeuchi, Noboru

    2016-08-01

    Density functional theory with the addition of a semi-empirical dispersion potential was applied to the conventional Kohn-Sham energy to study the adsorption of alkene and alkyne molecules on hydrogen-terminated two-dimensional group IV systems (graphane, silicane, and germanane) by means of a radical-initiated reaction. In particular, we investigated the interactions of acetylene, ethylene, and styrene with those surfaces. Although we had studied these systems previously, we included van der Waals interactions in all of the cases examined in the present work. These forces, which are noncovalent interactions, can heavily influence different processes in molecular chemistry, such as the adsorption of organic molecules on semiconductor surfaces. This unified approach allowed us to perform a comparative study of the relative reactivities of the various organic molecule/surface systems. The results showed that the degree of covalency of the surface, the lattice size, and the partial charge distribution (caused by differences in electronegativity) are all key elements that determine the reactivity between the molecules and the surfaces tested in this work. The covalent nature of graphane gives rise to energetically favorable intermediate states, while the opposite polarities of the charge distributions of silicane and germanane with the organic molecules favor subsequent steps of the radical-initiated reaction. Finally, the lattice size is a factor that has important consequences due to steric effects present in the systems and the possibility of chain reaction continuation. The results obtained in this work show that careful selection of the substrate is very important. Calculated energy barriers, heats of adsorption, and optimized atomic structures show that the silicane system offers the best reactivity in organic functionalization. PMID:27383611

  17. Coincident-site lattice matching during van der Waals epitaxy

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    Boschker, Jos E.; Galves, Lauren A.; Flissikowski, Timur; Lopes, Joao Marcelo J.; Riechert, Henning; Calarco, Raffaella

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) epitaxy is an attractive method for the fabrication of vdW heterostructures. Here Sb2Te3 films grown on three different kind of graphene substrates (monolayer epitaxial graphene, quasi freestanding bilayer graphene and the SiC (6√3 × 6√3)R30° buffer layer) are used to study the vdW epitaxy between two 2-dimensionally (2D) bonded materials. It is shown that the Sb2Te3 /graphene interface is stable and that coincidence lattices are formed between the epilayers and substrate that depend on the size of the surface unit cell. This demonstrates that there is a significant, although relatively weak, interfacial interaction between the two materials. Lattice matching is thus relevant for vdW epitaxy with two 2D bonded materials and a fundamental design parameter for vdW heterostructures. PMID:26658715

  18. Heterostructures based on inorganic and organic van der Waals systems

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    Lee, Gwan-Hyoung; Lee, Chul-Ho; Zande, Arend M. van der; Han, Minyong; Cui, Xu; Arefe, Ghidewon; Hone, James; Nuckolls, Colin; Heinz, Tony F.; Kim, Philip

    2014-09-01

    The two-dimensional limit of layered materials has recently been realized through the use of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures composed of weakly interacting layers. In this paper, we describe two different classes of vdW heterostructures: inorganic vdW heterostructures prepared by co-lamination and restacking; and organic-inorganic hetero-epitaxy created by physical vapor deposition of organic molecule crystals on an inorganic vdW substrate. Both types of heterostructures exhibit atomically clean vdW interfaces. Employing such vdW heterostructures, we have demonstrated various novel devices, including graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and MoS{sub 2} heterostructures for memory devices; graphene/MoS{sub 2}/WSe{sub 2}/graphene vertical p-n junctions for photovoltaic devices, and organic crystals on hBN with graphene electrodes for high-performance transistors.

  19. Van der Waals Density Functional Theory with Applications

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    Langreth, David C.

    2004-03-01

    We discuss the development of electronic density functionals that are applicable for weakly bound systems where the van der Waals interaction and its ramifications become important. Our current functionals approach the correct asymptotic dependence at large distances and are seamless at small distances. The first form of the functional, appropriate for layered systems, has been recently applied to graphite, boron nitride, and molybdenum sulfide [H. Rydberg et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 126402 (2003) and D. C. Langreth, Int. J. Quant. Chem. (submitted), see http//:www.physics.rutgers.edu/ ˜langreth/preprints/dft2003.pdf]. The second form of the functional [M. Dion it et al. (to be published)] is appropriate for arbitrary geometries. Recent results on rare gas dimers and the benzene dimer suggest promise for this method as well.

  20. A crossover in anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of van der Waals crystals

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Misawa, Masaaki; Li, Ying; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya; Shimojo, Fuyuki

    2015-12-07

    In nanoscale mechanochemistry, mechanical forces selectively break covalent bonds to essentially control chemical reactions. An archetype is anisotropic detonation of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, quantum molecular dynamics simulations reveal a crossover of anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of vdW crystal. Within 10{sup −13} s from the passage of shock front, lateral collision produces NO{sub 2} via twisting and bending of nitro-groups and the resulting inverse Jahn-Teller effect, which is mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. Subsequently, as we transition from heterogeneous to homogeneous mechanochemical regimes around 10{sup −12} s, shock normal to multilayers becomes more reactive, producing H{sub 2}O assisted by inter-layer N-N bond formation. These time-resolved results provide much needed atomistic understanding of nanomechanochemistry that underlies a wider range of technologies.

  1. A crossover in anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of van der Waals crystals

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Misawa, Masaaki; Li, Ying; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Vashishta, Priya

    2015-12-01

    In nanoscale mechanochemistry, mechanical forces selectively break covalent bonds to essentially control chemical reactions. An archetype is anisotropic detonation of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, quantum molecular dynamics simulations reveal a crossover of anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of vdW crystal. Within 10-13 s from the passage of shock front, lateral collision produces NO2 via twisting and bending of nitro-groups and the resulting inverse Jahn-Teller effect, which is mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. Subsequently, as we transition from heterogeneous to homogeneous mechanochemical regimes around 10-12 s, shock normal to multilayers becomes more reactive, producing H2O assisted by inter-layer N-N bond formation. These time-resolved results provide much needed atomistic understanding of nanomechanochemistry that underlies a wider range of technologies.

  2. Nano-photonic phenomena in van der Waals heterostructures (Presentation Recording)

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    Basov, Dmitri N.

    2015-09-01

    van der Waals (vdW) crystals consist of individual atomic planes coupled by vdW interaction, similar to graphene monolayers in bulk graphite. We investigated van der Waals heterostructures assembled from atomically thin layers of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). We launched, detected and imaged plasmonic, phonon polaritonic and hybrid plasmon-phonon polariton waves in a setting of an antenna based nano-infrared apparatus. Hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hBN enabled sub-diffractional focusing in infrared frequencies. Because electronic, plasmonic and phonon polaritonic properties in van der Waals heterstructures are intertwined, gate voltage and/or details of layer assembly enable efficient control of nano-photonic effects.

  3. A high-pressure van der Waals compound in solid nitrogen-helium mixtures

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    Vos, W. L.; Finger, L. W.; Hemley, R. J.; Hu, J. Z.; Mao, H. K.; Schouten, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    A detailed diamond anvil-cell study using synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and optical microscopy has been conducted for the He-N system, with a view to the weakly-bound van der Waals molecule interactions that can be formed in the gas phase. High pressure is found to stabilize the formation of a stoichiometric, solid van der Waals compound of He(N2)11 composition which may exemplify a novel class of compounds found at high pressures in the interiors of the outer planets and their satellites.

  4. Is there a Difference in Van Der Waals Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms Adsorbed on Metallic and Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes?

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    Chen, De-Li; Mandeltort, Lynn; Saidi, Wissam A.; Yates, John T.; Cole, Milton W.; Johnson, J. Karl

    2013-03-01

    Differences in polarizabilities of metallic (M) and semiconducting (S) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) might give rise to differences in adsorption potentials. We show from experiments and van der Waals-corrected density functional theory (DFT) that binding energies of Xe adsorbed on M- and S-SWNTs are nearly identical. Temperature programmed desorption of Xe on purified M- and S-SWNTs give similar peak temperatures, indicating that desorption kinetics and binding energies are independent of the type of SWNT. Binding energies computed from vdW-corrected DFT are in good agreement with experiments.

  5. Band gap engineering of a soft inorganic compound PbI2 by incommensurate van der Waals epitaxy

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    Wang, Yiping; Sun, Yi-Yang; Zhang, Shengbai; Lu, Toh-Ming; Shi, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals epitaxial growth had been thought to have trivial contribution on inducing substantial epitaxial strain in thin films due to its weak nature of van der Waals interfacial energy. Due to this, electrical and optical structure engineering via van der Waals epitaxial strain has been rarely studied. In this report, we show that significant band structure engineering could be achieved in a soft thin film material PbI2 via van der Waals epitaxy. The thickness dependent photoluminescence of single crystal PbI2 flakes was studied and attributed to the substrate-film coupling effect via incommensurate van der Waals epitaxy. It is proposed that the van der Waals strain is resulted from the soft nature of PbI2 and large van der Waals interaction due to the involvement of heavy elements. Such strain plays vital roles in modifying the band gap of PbI2. The deformation potential theory is used to quantitatively unveil the correlation between thickness, strain, and band gap change. Our hypothesis is confirmed by the subsequent mechanical bending test and Raman characterization.

  6. Excited nucleon as a van der Waals system of partons

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    Jenkovszky, L. L.; Muskeyev, A. O. Yezhov, S. N.

    2012-06-15

    Saturation in deep inelastic scattering (DIS) and deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS) is associated with a phase transition between the partonic gas, typical of moderate x and Q{sup 2}, and partonic fluid appearing at increasing Q{sup 2} and decreasing Bjorken x. We suggest the van der Waals equation of state to describe properly this phase transition.

  7. Statistical complexity, virial expansion, and van der Waals equation

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    Pennini, F.; Plastino, A.

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the notion of LMC statistical complexity with regards to a real gas and in terms of the second virial coefficient. The ensuing results are applied to the van der Waals equation. Interestingly enough, one finds a complexity-interpretation for the associated phase transition.

  8. Influence of the van der Waals interaction in the dissociation dynamics of N{sub 2} on W(110) from first principles

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    Martin-Gondre, L.; Juaristi, J. I.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Díez Muiño, R.; Alducin, M.

    2015-02-21

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) calculations, we investigate the role of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction in the dissociative adsorption of N{sub 2} on W(110). Hitherto, existing classical dynamics calculations performed on six-dimensional potential energy surfaces based on density functional theory (DFT), and the semi-local PW91 and RPBE [Hammer et al. Phys. Rev. B 59, 7413 (1999)] exchange-correlation functionals were unable to fully describe the dependence of the initial sticking coefficient on the molecular beam incidence conditions as found in experiments. N{sub 2} dissociation on W(110) was shown to be very sensitive not only to short molecule-surface distances but also to large distances where the vdW interaction, not included in semilocal-DFT, should dominate. In this work, we perform a systematic study on the dissociative adsorption using a selection of existing non-local functionals that include the vdW interaction (vdW-functionals). Clearly, the inclusion of the non-local correlation term contributes in all cases to correct the unrealistic energy barriers that were identified in the RPBE at large molecule-surface distances. Among the tested vdW-functionals, the original vdW-DF by Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] and the ulterior vdW-DF2 give also an adequate description of the N{sub 2} adsorption energy and energy barrier at the transition state, i.e., of the properties that are commonly used to verify the quality of any exchange-correlation functional. However, the results of our AIMD calculations, which are performed at different incidence conditions and hence extensively probe the multi-configurational potential energy surface of the system, do not seem as satisfactory as the preliminary static analysis suggested. When comparing the obtained dissociation probabilities with existing experimental data, none of the used vdW-functionals seems to provide altogether an adequate description of the N{sub 2}/W(110) interaction at

  9. The Contribution of Electrostatic and van der Waals Interactions to the Stereospecificity of the Reaction Catalyzed by Lactate Dehydrogenase

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    van Beek, Jeroen; Callender, Robert; Gunner, M. R.

    1997-01-01

    Continuum electrostatic calculations in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations have been used to investigate the source of the stereospecificity in the hydride transfer reaction catalyzed by lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). These studies show that favorable electrostatic interactions between the carboxamide group of the reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide coenzyme and protein residues of the active site of LDH can account for much if not all of the stereospecificity of the LDH-catalyzed reaction, with A-side hydride transfer more than 107 times greater than B-side transfer. Unfavorable steric interactions within the binding complex for B-side transfer are not found. ImagesFIGURE 2 PMID:9017191

  10. Multiphoton ionization studies of metal atom-solvent interactions from thevan der Waals dimer to the mesoscopic scale

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    Spotts, James Michael

    A unified molecular-level description of solute-solvent interactions within condensed-phase systems has remained elusive despite recent advances towards the detailed understanding of the fundamental electrostatic interactions between the atomic and/or molecular moieties that compose a bulk system. Through the use of simplified cluster model systems such as those employing metal atoms solvated by a rare gas solvent, however, microscopic details pertaining to the intrinsic composite nature of the atomic orbital interactions can be effectively dissected away from the complexity inherent to condensed- phase systems. This thesis work presents a systematic spectroscopic investigation of Al/cdot Arn/ (n /leq 60) clusters generated by standard laser ablation techniques using 1/sp'UV + 1vis two-color and 2vis+1vis single-color resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) in the vicinity of the Al(3d) gets Al(3p) atomic transitions. UV absorption spectra were collected for Al/cdot Arn cluster sizes corresponding to solvation within the first icosahedral solvation shell ( 1/leq n/leq12) as well as the second icosahedral solvation shell (13/leq n/leq 54). These spectra exhibited significant red-shifted absorption features whose absolute peak positions were noted to be highly sensitive to the degree of solvation. Such behavior was strongly suggestive of an aluminum atom surface binding site. Nevertheless, classical Monte Carlo simulations failed to reproduce the observed magnitude of the spectral shifts. Consequently, the underlying origin of this anomalous spectral behavior was believed to derive from electronic state mixing interactions between those states originating from the Al(3d) and Al(4p) electronic manifolds. Evidence for such a coupling was sought at the level of the diatomic AlċAr molecule using both 1/sp'UV+1vis and 2vis+1vis REMPI to characterize all electronic states arising from the Al(3d)ċAr and Al(4p)ċAr asymptotes. Strong evidence for state mixing was

  11. The HCO{sup +}–H{sub 2} van der Waals interaction: Potential energy and scattering

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    Massó, H.; Wiesenfeld, L.

    2014-11-14

    We compute the rigid-body, four-dimensional interaction potential between HCO{sup +} and H{sub 2}. The ab initio energies are obtained at the coupled-cluster single double triple level of theory, corrected for Basis Set Superposition Errors. The ab initio points are fit onto the spherical basis relevant for quantum scattering. We present elastic and rotationally inelastic coupled channels scattering between low lying rotational levels of HCO{sup +} and para-/ortho-H{sub 2}. Results are compared with similar earlier computations with He or isotropic para-H{sub 2} as the projectile. Computations agree with earlier pressure broadening measurements.

  12. Benzene Adsorption on (110) Surfaces of Transition Metals: Role of van der Waals Interaction and Substrate Chemistry

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    Matos, Jeronimo; Yildirim, Handan; Kara, Abdelkader

    2014-03-01

    The characteristics of Benzene adsorption on metals and their alloy surfaces, and the interface features have been the subject of many experimental and theoretical studies. With the availability of the new vdW functionals, we revisit this organic molecule/metal system to assess the influence of vdW interactions on the adsorption as well as to examine the performance of these vdW functionals. We will present the adsorption geometries, adsorption energies and heights, the characteristics of interface electronic structure, and the charge transfer for Benzene adsorption on the (110) surfaces of seven transition metals; Au, Ag, Cu, Pd, Pt, Rh, and Ni. The calculations are carried out using PBE and vdW-DF family functionals implemented in the VASP package. We will provide comparisons with the available experimental and theoretical studies on the adsorption geometries and energies, and the effect introduced by varying surface chemistries. We will also provide comparisons with the recent study for Benzene adsorption on the (111) surfaces of the same metal substrates . This work is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Science under Contract No DE-FG02-11ER16243.

  13. Toward transferable interatomic van der Waals interactions without electrons: The role of multipole electrostatics and many-body dispersion

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    Bereau, Tristan; von Lilienfeld, O. Anatole

    2014-07-01

    We estimate polarizabilities of atoms in molecules without electron density, using a Voronoi tesselation approach instead of conventional density partitioning schemes. The resulting atomic dispersion coefficients are calculated, as well as many-body dispersion effects on intermolecular potential energies. We also estimate contributions from multipole electrostatics and compare them to dispersion. We assess the performance of the resulting intermolecular interaction model from dispersion and electrostatics for more than 1300 neutral and charged, small organic molecular dimers. Applications to water clusters, the benzene crystal, the anti-cancer drug ellipticine—intercalated between two Watson-Crick DNA base pairs, as well as six macro-molecular host-guest complexes highlight the potential of this method and help to identify points of future improvement. The mean absolute error made by the combination of static electrostatics with many-body dispersion reduces at larger distances, while it plateaus for two-body dispersion, in conflict with the common assumption that the simple 1/R6 correction will yield proper dissociative tails. Overall, the method achieves an accuracy well within conventional molecular force fields while exhibiting a simple parametrization protocol.

  14. Toward transferable interatomic van der Waals interactions without electrons: The role of multipole electrostatics and many-body dispersion

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    Bereau, Tristan; Lilienfeld, O. Anatole von

    2014-07-21

    We estimate polarizabilities of atoms in molecules without electron density, using a Voronoi tesselation approach instead of conventional density partitioning schemes. The resulting atomic dispersion coefficients are calculated, as well as many-body dispersion effects on intermolecular potential energies. We also estimate contributions from multipole electrostatics and compare them to dispersion. We assess the performance of the resulting intermolecular interaction model from dispersion and electrostatics for more than 1300 neutral and charged, small organic molecular dimers. Applications to water clusters, the benzene crystal, the anti-cancer drug ellipticine—intercalated between two Watson-Crick DNA base pairs, as well as six macro-molecular host-guest complexes highlight the potential of this method and help to identify points of future improvement. The mean absolute error made by the combination of static electrostatics with many-body dispersion reduces at larger distances, while it plateaus for two-body dispersion, in conflict with the common assumption that the simple 1/R{sup 6} correction will yield proper dissociative tails. Overall, the method achieves an accuracy well within conventional molecular force fields while exhibiting a simple parametrization protocol.

  15. Binding and Diffusion of Lithium in Graphite: Quantum Monte Carlo Benchmarks and Validation of van der Waals Density Functional Methods

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    Ganesh, P.; Kim, Jeongnim; Park, Changwon; Yoon, Mina; Reboredo, Fernando A.; Kent, Paul R. C.

    2014-11-03

    In highly accurate diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) studies of the adsorption and diffusion of atomic lithium in AA-stacked graphite are compared with van der Waals-including density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Predicted QMC lattice constants for pure AA graphite agree with experiment. Pure AA-stacked graphite is shown to challenge many van der Waals methods even when they are accurate for conventional AB graphite. Moreover, the highest overall DFT accuracy, considering pure AA-stacked graphite as well as lithium binding and diffusion, is obtained by the self-consistent van der Waals functional vdW-DF2, although errors in binding energies remain. Empirical approaches based on point charges such as DFT-D are inaccurate unless the local charge transfer is assessed. Our results demonstrate that the lithium carbon system requires a simultaneous highly accurate description of both charge transfer and van der Waals interactions, favoring self-consistent approaches.

  16. Binding and Diffusion of Lithium in Graphite: Quantum Monte Carlo Benchmarks and Validation of van der Waals Density Functional Methods.

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    Ganesh, P; Kim, Jeongnim; Park, Changwon; Yoon, Mina; Reboredo, Fernando A; Kent, Paul R C

    2014-12-01

    Highly accurate diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) studies of the adsorption and diffusion of atomic lithium in AA-stacked graphite are compared with van der Waals-including density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Predicted QMC lattice constants for pure AA graphite agree with experiment. Pure AA-stacked graphite is shown to challenge many van der Waals methods even when they are accurate for conventional AB graphite. Highest overall DFT accuracy, considering pure AA-stacked graphite as well as lithium binding and diffusion, is obtained by the self-consistent van der Waals functional vdW-DF2, although errors in binding energies remain. Empirical approaches based on point charges such as DFT-D are inaccurate unless the local charge transfer is assessed. The results demonstrate that the lithium-carbon system requires a simultaneous highly accurate description of both charge transfer and van der Waals interactions, favoring self-consistent approaches. PMID:26583215

  17. Spatially Correlated Disorder in Epitaxial van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Laanait, Nouamane; Zhang, Zhan; Schleputz, Christian; Liu, Ying; Wojcik, Michael; Myers-Ward, Rachael; Gaskill, D. Kurt; Fenter, Paul; Li, Lian

    The structural cohesion of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures relies upon a cooperative balance between strong intra-layer bonded interactions and weak inter-layer coupling. The confinement of extended defects to within a single vdW layer and competing interactions introduced by epitaxial constraints could generate fundamentally new structural disorders. Here we report on the presence of spatially correlated and localized disorder states that coexist with the near perfect crystallographic order along the growth direction of epitaxial vdW heterostructure of Bi2Se3/graphene/SiC grown by molecular beam epitaxy. With the depth penetration of hard X-ray diffraction microscopy and high-resolution surface scattering, we imaged local structural configurations from the atomic to mesoscopic length scales, and found that these disorder states result as a confluence of atomic scale modulations in the strength of vdW layer-layer interactions and nanoscale boundary conditions imposed by the substrate. These findings reveal a vast landscape of novel disorder states that can be manifested in epitaxial vdW heterostructures. Supported by the Wigner Fellowship program at Oak Ridge Nat'l Lab.

  18. van der Waals Density Functional Theory vdW-DFq for Semihard Materials

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    Peng, Qing; de, Suvranu

    There are a large number of materials with mild stiffness, which are not as soft as tissues and not as strong as metals. These semihard materials includes energetic materials, molecular crystals, layered materials, and van der Waals crystals. The integrity and mechanical stability are mainly determined by the interactions between instantaneously induced dipoles, the so called London dispersion force or van der Waals force. It is challenging to accurately model the structural and mechanical properties of these semihard materials in the frame of density functional theory where the non-local correlation functionals are not well known. Here we propose a van der Waals density functional named vdW-DFq to accurately model the density and geometry of semihard materials. Using β-cyclotetramethylene tetranitramine as a prototype, we adjust the enhancement factor of the exchange energy functional with generalized gradient approximations. We find this method to be simple and robust over a wide tuning range when calibrating the functional on-demand with experimental data. With a calibrated value q = 1 . 05 , the proposed vdW-DFq method shows good performance in predicting the geometries of 11 common energetic material molecular crystals and 3 typical layered van der Waals crystals. The authors would like to acknowledge the generous financial support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Grant # HDTRA1-13-1-0025.

  19. Aqueous gating of van der Waals materials on bilayer nanopaper.

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    Bao, Wenzhong; Fang, Zhiqiang; Wan, Jiayu; Dai, Jiaqi; Zhu, Hongli; Han, Xiaogang; Yang, Xiaofeng; Preston, Colin; Hu, Liangbing

    2014-10-28

    In this work, we report transistors made of van der Waals materials on a mesoporous paper with a smooth nanoscale surface. The aqueous transistor has a novel planar structure with source, drain, and gate electrodes on the same surface of the paper, while the mesoporous paper is used as an electrolyte reservoir. These transistors are enabled by an all-cellulose paper with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) on the top surface that leads to an excellent surface smoothness, while the rest of the microsized cellulose fibers can absorb electrolyte effectively. Based on two-dimensional van der Waals materials, including MoS2 and graphene, we demonstrate high-performance transistors with a large on-off ratio and low subthreshold swing. Such planar transistors with absorbed electrolyte gating can be used as sensors integrated with other components to form paper microfluidic systems. This study is significant for future paper-based electronics and biosensors. PMID:25283598

  20. Charge Transfer Excitons at van der Waals Interfaces.

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    Zhu, Xiaoyang; Monahan, Nicholas R; Gong, Zizhou; Zhu, Haiming; Williams, Kristopher W; Nelson, Cory A

    2015-07-01

    The van der Waals interfaces of molecular donor/acceptor or graphene-like two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors are central to concepts and emerging technologies of light-electricity interconversion. Examples include, among others, solar cells, photodetectors, and light emitting diodes. A salient feature in both types of van der Waals interfaces is the poorly screened Coulomb potential that can give rise to bound electron-hole pairs across the interface, i.e., charge transfer (CT) or interlayer excitons. Here we address common features of CT excitons at both types of interfaces. We emphasize the competition between localization and delocalization in ensuring efficient charge separation. At the molecular donor/acceptor interface, electronic delocalization in real space can dictate charge carrier separation. In contrast, at the 2D semiconductor heterojunction, delocalization in momentum space due to strong exciton binding may assist in parallel momentum conservation in CT exciton formation. PMID:26001297

  1. Millimeter-wave rubidium Rydberg van der Waals spectroscopy

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    Han Jianing; Gallagher, T. F.

    2009-05-15

    We have observed the diatomic nsns{yields}ns(n+1)s{yields}(n+1)s(n+1)s microwave transitions of pairs of cold Rb Rydberg atoms for 36der Waals shift due to its near degeneracy with the nearby np{sub 3/2}np{sub 3/2} state. In fact, the energy difference and the van der Waals shift change sign at n=38 and we observe shifts of both signs. The combined excitation of the ns(n+1)s and (n+1)s(n+1)s states leads to an unusual line shape which can be described by a three-level Floquet model.

  2. Van der Waals density functional applied to adsorption systems

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    Hamada, Ikutaro

    2013-03-01

    The van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) is a promising density functional to describe the van der Waals forces within density functional theory. However, despite the recent efforts, there is still room for further improvement, especially for describing molecular adsorption on metal surfaces. I will show that by choosing appropriate exchange and nonlocal correlation functionals, it is possible to calculate geometries and electronic structures for adsorption systems accurately within the framework of vdW-DF. Applicability of the present approach will be illustrated with its applications to graphene/metal, fullerene/metal, and water/graphene interfaces. This work is partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Area (No. 23104501). AIMR was established by the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), MEXT, Japan.

  3. Photovoltaic Effect in an Electrically Tunable van der Waals Heterojunction

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    2014-01-01

    Semiconductor heterostructures form the cornerstone of many electronic and optoelectronic devices and are traditionally fabricated using epitaxial growth techniques. More recently, heterostructures have also been obtained by vertical stacking of two-dimensional crystals, such as graphene and related two-dimensional materials. These layered designer materials are held together by van der Waals forces and contain atomically sharp interfaces. Here, we report on a type-II van der Waals heterojunction made of molybdenum disulfide and tungsten diselenide monolayers. The junction is electrically tunable, and under appropriate gate bias an atomically thin diode is realized. Upon optical illumination, charge transfer occurs across the planar interface and the device exhibits a photovoltaic effect. Advances in large-scale production of two-dimensional crystals could thus lead to a new photovoltaic solar technology. PMID:25057817

  4. Quantum field theory of van der Waals friction

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    Volokitin, A. I.; Persson, B. N. J.

    2006-11-15

    van der Waals friction between two semi-infinite solids, and between a small neutral particle and semi-infinite solid is studied using thermal quantum field theory in the Matsubara formulation. We show that the friction to linear order in the sliding velocity can be obtained from the equilibrium Green functions and that our treatment can be extended for bodies with complex geometry. The calculated friction agrees with the friction obtained using a dynamical modification of the Lifshitz theory, which is based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We show that it should be possible to measure the van der Waals friction in noncontact friction experiment using state-of-the-art equipment.

  5. van der Waals explosion of cold Rydberg clusters

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    Faoro, R.; Simonelli, C.; Archimi, M.; Masella, G.; Valado, M. M.; Arimondo, E.; Mannella, R.; Ciampini, D.; Morsch, O.

    2016-03-01

    We report on the direct measurement in real space of the effect of the van der Waals forces between individual Rydberg atoms on their external degrees of freedom. Clusters of Rydberg atoms with interparticle distances of around 5 μ m are created by first generating a small number of seed excitations in a magneto-optical trap, followed by off-resonant excitation that leads to a chain of facilitated excitation events. After a variable expansion time the Rydberg atoms are field ionized, and from the arrival time distributions the size of the Rydberg cluster after expansion is calculated. Our experimental results agree well with a numerical simulation of the van der Waals explosion.

  6. Structure and dynamics of small van der Waals complexes

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    Loreau, J.

    2014-10-06

    We illustrate computational aspects of the calculation of the potential energy surfaces of small (up to five atoms) van der Waals complexes with high-level quantum chemistry techniques such as the CCSD(T) method with extended basis sets. We discuss the compromise between the required accuracy and the computational time. Further, we show how these potential energy surfaces can be fitted and used in dynamical calculations such as non-reactive inelastic scattering.

  7. A van der Waals free energy in electrolytes revisited

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    Jancovici, B.

    2006-01-01

    A system of three electrolytes separated by two parallel planes is considered. Each region is described by a dielectric constant and a Coulomb fluid in the Debye-Hückel regime. In their book Dispersion Forces, Mahanty and Ninham have given the van der Waals free energy of this system. We rederive this free energy by a different method, using linear response theory and the electrostatic Maxwell stress tensor for obtaining the dispersion force.

  8. Van der Waals coefficients beyond the classical shell model

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    Tao, Jianmin; Fang, Yuan; Hao, Pan; Scuseria, G. E.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Perdew, John P.

    2015-01-14

    Van der Waals (vdW) coefficients can be accurately generated and understood by modelling the dynamic multipole polarizability of each interacting object. Accurate static polarizabilities are the key to accurate dynamic polarizabilities and vdW coefficients. In this work, we present and study in detail a hollow-sphere model for the dynamic multipole polarizability proposed recently by two of the present authors (JT and JPP) to simulate the vdW coefficients for inhomogeneous systems that allow for a cavity. The inputs to this model are the accurate static multipole polarizabilities and the electron density. A simplification of the full hollow-sphere model, the single-frequency approximation (SFA), circumvents the need for a detailed electron density and for a double numerical integration over space. We find that the hollow-sphere model in SFA is not only accurate for nanoclusters and cage molecules (e.g., fullerenes) but also yields vdW coefficients among atoms, fullerenes, and small clusters in good agreement with expensive time-dependent density functional calculations. However, the classical shell model (CSM), which inputs the static dipole polarizabilities and estimates the static higher-order multipole polarizabilities therefrom, is accurate for the higher-order vdW coefficients only when the interacting objects are large. For the lowest-order vdW coefficient C{sub 6}, SFA and CSM are exactly the same. The higher-order (C{sub 8} and C{sub 10}) terms of the vdW expansion can be almost as important as the C{sub 6} term in molecular crystals. Application to a variety of clusters shows that there is strong non-additivity of the long-range vdW interactions between nanoclusters.

  9. A simplified implementation of van der Waals density functionals for first-principles molecular dynamics applications

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    Wu, Jun; Gygi, François

    2012-06-01

    We present a simplified implementation of the non-local van der Waals correlation functional introduced by Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] and reformulated by Román-Pérez et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 096102 (2009)]. The proposed numerical approach removes the logarithmic singularity of the kernel function. Complete expressions of the self-consistent correlation potential and of the stress tensor are given. Combined with various choices of exchange functionals, five versions of van der Waals density functionals are implemented. Applications to the computation of the interaction energy of the benzene-water complex and to the computation of the equilibrium cell parameters of the benzene crystal are presented. As an example of crystal structure calculation involving a mixture of hydrogen bonding and dispersion interactions, we compute the equilibrium structure of two polymorphs of aspirin (2-acetoxybenzoic acid, C9H8O4) in the P21/c monoclinic structure.

  10. Two dimensional graphene nanogenerator by coulomb dragging: Moving van der Waals heterostructure

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    Zhong, Huikai; Li, Xiaoqiang; Wu, Zhiqian; Zhang, Shengjiao; Xu, Zhijuan; Chen, Hongsheng; Lin, Shisheng

    2015-06-15

    Harvesting energy from environment is the current focus of scientific community. Here, we demonstrate a graphene nanogenerator, which is based on moving van der Waals heterostructure formed between graphene and two dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO). This nanogenerator can convert mechanical energy into electricity with a voltage output of around 10 mV. Systematic experiments reveal the generated electricity originates from the coulomb interaction induced momentum transfer between 2D GO and holes in graphene. 2D boron nitride was also demonstrated to be effective in the framework of moving van der Waals heterostructure nanogenerator. This investigation of nanogenerator based on the interaction between 2D macromolecule materials will be important to understand the origin of the flow-induced potential in nanomaterials and may have great potential in practical applications.

  11. Van der Waals heterostructure of phosphorene and hexagonal boron nitride: First-principles modeling

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    Peng, Zhang; Jing, Wang; Xiang-Mei, Duan

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the structural and electronic properties of a hybrid hexagonal boron nitride with phosphorene nanocomposite using ab initio density functional calculations. It is found that the interaction between the hexagonal boron nitride and phosphorene is dominated by the weak van der Waals interaction, with their own intrinsic electronic properties preserved. Furthermore, the band gap of the nanocomposite is dependent on the interfacial distance. Our results could shed light on the design of new devices based on van der Waals heterostructure. Projected supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574167), the New Century 151 Talents Project of Zhejiang Province,China, and the K. C. Wong Magna Foundation in Ningbo University, China.

  12. van der Waals torque and force between dielectrically anisotropic layered media

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    Lu, Bing-Sui; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2016-07-01

    We analyse van der Waals interactions between a pair of dielectrically anisotropic plane-layered media interacting across a dielectrically isotropic solvent medium. We develop a general formalism based on transfer matrices to investigate the van der Waals torque and force in the limit of weak birefringence and dielectric matching between the ordinary axes of the anisotropic layers and the solvent. We apply this formalism to study the following systems: (i) a pair of single anisotropic layers, (ii) a single anisotropic layer interacting with a multilayered slab consisting of alternating anisotropic and isotropic layers, and (iii) a pair of multilayered slabs each consisting of alternating anisotropic and isotropic layers, looking at the cases where the optic axes lie parallel and/or perpendicular to the plane of the layers. For the first case, the optic axes of the oppositely facing anisotropic layers of the two interacting slabs generally possess an angular mismatch, and within each multilayered slab the optic axes may either be the same or undergo constant angular increments across the anisotropic layers. In particular, we examine how the behaviors of the van der Waals torque and force can be "tuned" by adjusting the layer thicknesses, the relative angular increment within each slab, and the angular mismatch between the slabs.

  13. van der Waals torque and force between dielectrically anisotropic layered media.

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    Lu, Bing-Sui; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2016-07-28

    We analyse van der Waals interactions between a pair of dielectrically anisotropic plane-layered media interacting across a dielectrically isotropic solvent medium. We develop a general formalism based on transfer matrices to investigate the van der Waals torque and force in the limit of weak birefringence and dielectric matching between the ordinary axes of the anisotropic layers and the solvent. We apply this formalism to study the following systems: (i) a pair of single anisotropic layers, (ii) a single anisotropic layer interacting with a multilayered slab consisting of alternating anisotropic and isotropic layers, and (iii) a pair of multilayered slabs each consisting of alternating anisotropic and isotropic layers, looking at the cases where the optic axes lie parallel and/or perpendicular to the plane of the layers. For the first case, the optic axes of the oppositely facing anisotropic layers of the two interacting slabs generally possess an angular mismatch, and within each multilayered slab the optic axes may either be the same or undergo constant angular increments across the anisotropic layers. In particular, we examine how the behaviors of the van der Waals torque and force can be "tuned" by adjusting the layer thicknesses, the relative angular increment within each slab, and the angular mismatch between the slabs. PMID:27475386

  14. A cohesive law for carbon nanotube/polymer interfaces based on the van der Waals force

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    Jiang, L. Y.; Huang, Y.; Jiang, H.; Ravichandran, G.; Gao, H.; Hwang, K. C.; Liu, B.

    2006-11-01

    We have established the cohesive law for interfaces between a carbon nanotube (CNT) and polymer that are not well bonded and are characterized by the van der Waals force. The tensile cohesive strength and cohesive energy are given in terms of the area density of carbon nanotube and volume density of polymer, as well as the parameters in the van der Waals force. For a CNT in an infinite polymer, the shear cohesive stress vanishes, and the tensile cohesive stress depends only on the opening displacement. For a CNT in a finite polymer matrix, the tensile cohesive stress remains the same, but the shear cohesive stress depends on both opening and sliding displacements, i.e., the tension/shear coupling. The simple, analytical expressions of the cohesive law are useful to study the interaction between CNT and polymer, such as in CNT-reinforced composites. The effect of polymer surface roughness on the cohesive law is also studied.

  15. Elution of human granulocytes from nylon fibers by means of repulsive van der Waals forces.

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    Absolom, D R; van Oss, C J; Neumann, A W

    1981-01-01

    A novel method for the isolation of granulocytes from nylon fibers is described. It is modification of filtration leukapheresis based on cellular surface thermodynamics. The system takes into account both electrical and van der Waals forces. The elution buffer contains a chelating agent and a surface active agent which lowers the surface tension of the liquid to a value intermediate between that of the surface tensions of the nylon fibers and of the granulocytes. Thus, the attractive van der Waals interaction between the fibers and the granulocytes becomes a repulsion. This results in a two- to threefold increase in cell yield. Phagocytosis, candicidal activity, and oxygen consumption did not appear to be affected through the isolation procedure. By both light and transmission electron microscopy the isolated granulocytes appeared to be morphologically intact. PMID:7314214

  16. On the pseudopotential approximation in the van der Waals density functional calculations

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    Hamada, Ikutaro; Callsen, Martin

    The van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) is a density functional that is able to describe van der Waals and covalent interactions in a seamless fashion, and has been applied to a variety of systems. In practical calculations, the pseudopotential (PP) approximation has been employed, for which the PPs should be generated consistently for the chosen exchange correlation XC functional. However, usually PPs generated with a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) XC functional are used and the effect of the approximation to the XC functional applied in the PP generation is scarcely discussed. In this work, we discuss the appropriate XC functionals in the PP generation for the vdW-DF calculations. Furthermore, we compare the vdW-DF results for several systems using the PP's generated with appropriate XC and those with GGA XC.

  17. Spectroscopic measurement of the titanium-helium van der Waals molecule: TiHe

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    Quiros, Nancy; Tariq, Naima; Weinstein, Jonathan

    2016-05-01

    Atoms that are weakly bound by the van der Waals (vdW) interaction are known as van der Waals molecules. The existence and formation of vdW molecules is favorable at low temperatures due to their weak binding energy. We have used laser ablation and helium buffer gas cooling to create the exotic vdW diatomic molecule made of titanium (Ti) and helium (He). TiHe molecules were detected through laser-induced-fluorescence spectroscopy closely blue-detuned from the a3F2 --> y3F3 atomic Ti transition at 25227 cm-1. Measurements of the binding energy of TiHe were obtained by studying its equilibrium thermodynamic properties. It is believed the molecules are formed from the constituent cold atoms through three-body recombination. Progress towards measuring the three-body recombination rate coefficient will be discussed. This material is based upon work supported by National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY 1265905.

  18. Large area molybdenum disulphide- epitaxial graphene vertical Van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Naylor, Carl H; Sediri, Haikel; Lhuillier, Emmanuel; Balan, Adrian; Rault, Julien E; Dappe, Yannick J; Bertran, François; Fèvre, Patrick Le; Johnson, A T Charlie; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) show great potential for optoelectronic devices due to their electronic and optical properties. A metal-semiconductor interface, as epitaxial graphene - molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is of great interest from the standpoint of fundamental science, as it constitutes an outstanding platform to investigate the interlayer interaction in van der Waals heterostructures. Here, we study large area MoS2-graphene-heterostructures formed by direct transfer of chemical-vapor deposited MoS2 layer onto epitaxial graphene/SiC. We show that via a direct transfer, which minimizes interface contamination, we can obtain high quality and homogeneous van der Waals heterostructures. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements combined with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations show that the transition from indirect to direct bandgap in monolayer MoS2 is maintained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction with epitaxial graphene. A downshift of the Raman 2D band of the graphene, an up shift of the A1g peak of MoS2 and a significant photoluminescence quenching are observed for both monolayer and bilayer MoS2 as a result of charge transfer from MoS2 to epitaxial graphene under illumination. Our work provides a possible route to modify the thin film TDMCs photoluminescence properties via substrate engineering for future device design. PMID:27246929

  19. Large area molybdenum disulphide- epitaxial graphene vertical Van der Waals heterostructures

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    Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Naylor, Carl H.; Sediri, Haikel; Lhuillier, Emmanuel; Balan, Adrian; Rault, Julien E.; Dappe, Yannick J.; Bertran, François; Fèvre, Patrick Le; Johnson, A. T. Charlie; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) show great potential for optoelectronic devices due to their electronic and optical properties. A metal-semiconductor interface, as epitaxial graphene - molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is of great interest from the standpoint of fundamental science, as it constitutes an outstanding platform to investigate the interlayer interaction in van der Waals heterostructures. Here, we study large area MoS2-graphene-heterostructures formed by direct transfer of chemical-vapor deposited MoS2 layer onto epitaxial graphene/SiC. We show that via a direct transfer, which minimizes interface contamination, we can obtain high quality and homogeneous van der Waals heterostructures. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements combined with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations show that the transition from indirect to direct bandgap in monolayer MoS2 is maintained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction with epitaxial graphene. A downshift of the Raman 2D band of the graphene, an up shift of the A1g peak of MoS2 and a significant photoluminescence quenching are observed for both monolayer and bilayer MoS2 as a result of charge transfer from MoS2 to epitaxial graphene under illumination. Our work provides a possible route to modify the thin film TDMCs photoluminescence properties via substrate engineering for future device design. PMID:27246929

  20. Physisorption of nucleobases on graphene: a comparative van der Waals study

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    Le, Duy; Kara, Abdelkader; Schröder, Elsebeth; Hyldgaard, Per; Rahman, Talat S.

    2012-10-01

    The physisorption of the nucleobases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), thymine (T), and uracil (U) on graphene is studied using several variants of the density functional theory (DFT): the generalized gradient approximation with the inclusion of van der Waals interaction (vdW) based on the TS approach (Tkatchenko and Scheffer 2009 Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 073005) and our simplified version of this approach (here called sTS), the van der Waals density functional vdW-DF (Dion et al 2004 Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 246401) and vdW-DF2 (Lee et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 82 081101), and DFT-D2 (Grimme 2006 J. Comput. Chem. 27 1787) and DFT-D3 (Grimme et al 2010 J. Chem. Phys. 132 154104) methods. The binding energies of nucleobases on graphene are found to be in the following order: G > A > T > C > U within TS, sTS, vdW-DF, and DFT-D2, and in the following order: G > A > T ˜ C > U within DFT-D3 and vdW-DF2. The binding separations are found to be different within different methods and in the following order: DFT-D2 < TS < DFT-D3 ˜ vdW-DF2 < vdW-DF. We also comment on the efficiency of combining the DFT-D approach and vdW-DF to study systems with van der Waals interactions.

  1. Large area molybdenum disulphide- epitaxial graphene vertical Van der Waals heterostructures

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    Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Naylor, Carl H.; Sediri, Haikel; Lhuillier, Emmanuel; Balan, Adrian; Rault, Julien E.; Dappe, Yannick J.; Bertran, François; Fèvre, Patrick Le; Johnson, A. T. Charlie; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-06-01

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) show great potential for optoelectronic devices due to their electronic and optical properties. A metal-semiconductor interface, as epitaxial graphene - molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is of great interest from the standpoint of fundamental science, as it constitutes an outstanding platform to investigate the interlayer interaction in van der Waals heterostructures. Here, we study large area MoS2-graphene-heterostructures formed by direct transfer of chemical-vapor deposited MoS2 layer onto epitaxial graphene/SiC. We show that via a direct transfer, which minimizes interface contamination, we can obtain high quality and homogeneous van der Waals heterostructures. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements combined with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations show that the transition from indirect to direct bandgap in monolayer MoS2 is maintained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction with epitaxial graphene. A downshift of the Raman 2D band of the graphene, an up shift of the A1g peak of MoS2 and a significant photoluminescence quenching are observed for both monolayer and bilayer MoS2 as a result of charge transfer from MoS2 to epitaxial graphene under illumination. Our work provides a possible route to modify the thin film TDMCs photoluminescence properties via substrate engineering for future device design.

  2. A Smart Magnetically Active Nanovehicle for on-Demand Targeted Drug Delivery: Where van der Waals Force Balances the Magnetic Interaction.

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    Panja, Sudipta; Maji, Somnath; Maiti, Tapas K; Chattopadhyay, Santanu

    2015-11-01

    The magnetic field is a promising external stimulus for controlled and targeted delivery of therapeutic agents. Here, we focused on the preparation of a novel magnetically active polymeric micelle (MAPM) for magnetically targeted controlled drug delivery. To accomplish this, a number of superparamagnetic as well as biocompatible hybrid micelles were prepared by grafting four armed pentaerythretol poly(ε-caprolactone) (PE-PCL) onto the surface of Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) of two different ranges of size (∼5 nm and ∼15 nm). PE-PCL (four-armed) was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization, and it has been subsequently grafted onto the surface of modified MNP through urethane (-NHCO-) linkage. Polymer-immobilized MNP (5 and 15 nm) showed peculiar dispersion behavior. One displayed uniform dispersion of MNP (5 nm), while the other (15 nm) revealed associated structure. This type of size dependent contradictory dispersion behavior was realized by taking the van der Waals force as well as magnetic dipole-dipole force into consideration. The uniformly dispersed polymer immobilized MNP (5 nm) was used for the preparation of MAPM. The hydrodynamic size and bulk morphology of MAPM were studied by dynamic light scattering and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The anticancer drug (DOX) was encapsulated into the MAPM. The magnetic field triggers cell uptake of MAPM micelles preferentially toward targeted cells compare to untargeted ones. The cell viabilities of MAMP, DOX-encapsulated MAPM, and free DOX were studied against HeLa cell by MTT assay. In vitro release profile displayed about 51.5% release of DOX from MAPM (just after 1 h) under the influence of high frequency alternating magnetic field (HFAMF; prepared in-house device). The DOX release rate has also been tailored by on-demand application of HFAMF. PMID:26458134

  3. van der Waals forces influencing adhesion of cells

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    Kendall, K.; Roberts, A. D.

    2015-01-01

    Adhesion molecules, often thought to be acting by a ‘lock and key’ mechanism, have been thought to control the adhesion of cells. While there is no doubt that a coating of adhesion molecules such as fibronectin on a surface affects cell adhesion, this paper aims to show that such surface contamination is only one factor in the equation. Starting from the baseline idea that van der Waals force is a ubiquitous attraction between all molecules, and thereby must contribute to cell adhesion, it is clear that effects from geometry, elasticity and surface molecules must all add on to the basic cell attractive force. These effects of geometry, elasticity and surface molecules are analysed. The adhesion force measured between macroscopic polymer spheres was found to be strongest when the surfaces were absolutely smooth and clean, with no projecting protruberances. Values of the measured surface energy were then about 35 mJ m−2, as expected for van der Waals attractions between the non-polar molecules. Surface projections such as abrasion roughness or dust reduced the molecular adhesion substantially. Water cut the measured surface energy to 3.4 mJ m−2. Surface active molecules lowered the adhesion still further to less than 0.3 mJ m−2. These observations do not support the lock and key concept. PMID:25533101

  4. Van der Waals Epitaxy of Ultrathin Halide Perovkistes

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    Wang, Yiping; Shi, Yunfeng; Shi, Jian

    We present our understanding, with CH3NH3PbX3 as a model system, on the 2D van der Waals growth and kinetics of 3D parent materials. We show the successful synthesis of ultrathin (sub-10 nm), large scale (a few tens of μm) single crystalline 2D perovskite thin films on layered mica substrate by van der Waals (VDW) epitaxy. Classical nucleation and growth model explaining conventional epitaxy has been modified to interpret the unique 2D results under VDW mechanism. The generalization of our model shows that a 3D crystal with low cohesive energy tends to favor the 2D growth while the one with strong cohesive energy has less kinetic window. With Monte Carlo simulations, we show that the fractal 2D morphology in perovskite precisely manifests the kinetic competition between VDW diffusivity and thermodynamic driving force, a unique phenomenon to VDW growth, suggesting a fundamental limit on the morphology stability of the 2D form of a 3D material. On the other hand, our single crystal thin film growth results and subsequent cryogenic study in the iodide perovskite provide a perfect resource for the exploration of its complex optical and electronic properties and unveiling the origins of its popularity in the energy conversion field.

  5. Quantum Monte Carlo Simulation of condensed van der Waals Systems

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    Benali, Anouar; Shulenburger, Luke; Romero, Nichols A.; Kim, Jeongnim; Anatole von Lilienfeld, O.

    2012-02-01

    Van der Waals forces are as ubiquitous as infamous. While post-Hartree-Fock methods enable accurate estimates of these forces in molecules and clusters, they remain elusive for dealing with many-electron condensed phase systems. We present Quantum Monte Carlo [1,2] results for condensed van der Waals systems. Interatomic many-body contributions to cohesive energies and bulk modulus will be discussed. Numerical evidence is presented for crystals of rare gas atoms, and compared to experiments and methods [3]. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. DoE's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.[4pt] [1] J. Kim, K. Esler, J. McMinis and D. Ceperley, SciDAC 2010, J. of Physics: Conference series, Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 11 2011 [0pt] [2] QMCPACK simulation suite, http://qmcpack.cmscc.org (unpublished)[0pt] [3] O. A. von Lillienfeld and A. Tkatchenko, J. Chem. Phys. 132 234109 (2010)

  6. Opportunities and challenges of 2D magnetic van der Waals materials: magnetic graphene?

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    Park, Je-Geun

    2016-08-01

    There has been a huge increase of interests in two-dimensional van der Waals materials over the past ten years or so with the conspicuous absence of one particular class of materials: magnetic van der Waals systems. In this Viewpoint, we point it out and illustrate how we might be able to benefit from exploring these so-far neglected materials.

  7. Influence of dielectric properties on van der Waals/Casimir forces in solid-liquid systems

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    Zwol, P. J. van; Palasantzas, G.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2009-05-15

    In this paper, we present calculations of van der Waals/Casimir forces, described by Lifshitz theory, for the solid-liquid-solid system using measured dielectric functions of all involved materials for the wavelength range from millimeters down to subnanometers. It is shown that even if the dielectric function is known over all relevant frequency ranges, the scatter in the dielectric data can lead to very large scatter in the calculated van der Waals/Casimir forces. Especially when the liquid dielectric function becomes comparable in magnitude to the dielectric function of one of the interacting solids, the associated variation in the force can be up to a factor of 2 for plate-plate separations 5-500 nm. This corresponds to an uncertainty up to 100% in the theory prediction for a specific system. As a result accuracy testing of the Lifshitz theory under these circumstances is rather questionable. Finally we discuss predictions of Lifshitz theory regarding multiple repulsive-attractive transitions with separation distance, as well as nontrivial scaling of the van der Waals/Casimir force with distance.

  8. The effects of van der Waals attractions on cloud droplet growth by coalescence

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    Rogers, Jan R.; Davis, Robert H.

    1990-01-01

    The inclusion of van der Waals attractions in the interaction between cloud droplets has been recently shown to significantly increase the collision efficiencies of the smaller droplets. In the current work, these larger values for the collision efficiencies are used in a population dynamics model of the droplet size distribution evolution with time, in hopes of at least partially resolving the long-standing paradox in cloud microphysics that predicted rates of the onset of precipitation are generally much lower than those which are observed. Evolutions of several initial cloud droplet spectra have been tracked in time. Size evolutions are compared as predicted from the use of collision efficiencies computed using two different models to allow for droplet-droplet contact: one which considers slip flow effects only, and one which considers the combined effects of van der Waals forces and slip flow. The rate at which the droplet mass density function shifts to larger droplet sizes is increased by typically 20-25 percent, when collision efficiencies which include van der Waals forces are used.

  9. Short-range Cut-Off of the Summed-Up van der Waals Series

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    Patra, Abhirup; Perdew, John P.

    2015-03-01

    van der Waals interactions are important in typical van der Waals-bound systems such as noble-gas, hydrocarbon, alkali and alkaline-earth dimers. The summed-up van der Waals series works well and gives an accurate result at large separation between two atoms. But it has a strong singularity at short non-zero separation, where the two atoms touch. In this work we remove that singularity with a reasonable and physical choice of the cut-off distance. Only one fitting parameter has been introduced for the short-range cut off. The parameter in our model has been optimized for each system, and a system-averaged value has been used to get the final binding energy curves. When this correction is added to the binding energy curve from the semilocal density functional meta-GGA-MS2, we get vdW- corrected binding energy curve. These curves are compared with the results of other vdW-corrected methods such as PBE-D2 and vdW-DF2 .Binding energy curves are in reasonable agreement with those from experiment. These curves also predict reasonably good equilibrium bond length. Supported by NSF (DMR).

  10. Van der Waals Epitaxy of Functional Oxide Heterostructures

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    Chu, Ying-Hao

    In the diligent pursuit of low-power consumption, multifunctional, and environmentally friendly electronics, more sophisticated requirements on functional materials are on demand. Recently, the discovery of 2D layered materials has created a revolution to this field. Pioneered by graphene, these new 2D materials exhibit abundant unusual physical phenomena that is undiscovered in bulk forms. These materials are characterized with their layer form and almost pure 2D electronic behavior. The confinement of charge and heat transport at such ultrathin planes offers possibilities to overcome the bottleneck of present device development in thickness limitation, and thus push the technologies into next generation. Van der Waals epitaxy, an epitaxial growth method to combine 2D and 3D materials, is one of current reliable manufacturing processes to fabricate 2D materials by growing these 2D materials epitaxially on 3D materials. Then, transferring the 2D materials to the substrates for practical applications. In the mean time, van der Waals epitaxy has also been used to create free-standing 3D materials by growing 3D materials on 2D materials and then removing them from 2D materials since the interfacial boding between 2D and 3D materials should be weak van der Waals bonds. In this study, we intend to take the same concept, but to integrate a family of functional materials in order to open new avenue to flexible electronics. Due to the interplay of lattice, charge, orbital, and spin degrees of freedom, correlated electrons in oxides generate a rich spectrum of competing phases and physical properties. Recently, lots of studies have suggested that oxide heterostructures provide a powerful route to create and manipulate the degrees of freedom and offer new possibilities for next generation devices, thus create a new playground for researchers to investigate novel physics and the emergence of fascinating states of condensed matter. In this talk, we use a 2D layered material as

  11. Characterization of rarefaction waves in van der Waals fluids

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    Yuen, Albert; Barnard, John J.

    2015-12-01

    We calculate the isentropic evolution of an instantaneously heated foil, assuming a van der Waals equation of state with the Maxwell construction. The analysis by Yuen and Barnard [Phys. Rev. E 92, 033019 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.033019] is extended for the particular case of three degrees of freedom. We assume heating to temperatures in the vicinity of the critical point. The self-similar profiles of the rarefaction waves describing the evolution of the foil display plateaus in density and temperature due to a phase transition from the single-phase to the two-phase regime. The hydrodynamic equations are expressed in a dimensionless form and the solutions form a set of universal curves, depending on a single parameter: the dimensionless initial entropy. We characterize the rarefaction waves by calculating how the plateau length, density, pressure, temperature, velocity, internal energy, and sound speed vary with dimensionless initial entropy.

  12. Characterization of rarefaction waves in van der Waals fluids.

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    Yuen, Albert; Barnard, John J

    2015-12-01

    We calculate the isentropic evolution of an instantaneously heated foil, assuming a van der Waals equation of state with the Maxwell construction. The analysis by Yuen and Barnard [Phys. Rev. E 92, 033019 (2015)] is extended for the particular case of three degrees of freedom. We assume heating to temperatures in the vicinity of the critical point. The self-similar profiles of the rarefaction waves describing the evolution of the foil display plateaus in density and temperature due to a phase transition from the single-phase to the two-phase regime. The hydrodynamic equations are expressed in a dimensionless form and the solutions form a set of universal curves, depending on a single parameter: the dimensionless initial entropy. We characterize the rarefaction waves by calculating how the plateau length, density, pressure, temperature, velocity, internal energy, and sound speed vary with dimensionless initial entropy. PMID:26764692

  13. Microwaves Probe Dipole Blockade and van der Waals Forces in a Cold Rydberg Gas.

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    Teixeira, R Celistrino; Hermann-Avigliano, C; Nguyen, T L; Cantat-Moltrecht, T; Raimond, J M; Haroche, S; Gleyzes, S; Brune, M

    2015-07-01

    We show that microwave spectroscopy of a dense Rydberg gas trapped on a superconducting atom chip in the dipole blockade regime reveals directly the dipole-dipole many-body interaction energy spectrum. We use this method to investigate the expansion of the Rydberg cloud under the effect of repulsive van der Waals forces and the breakdown of the frozen gas approximation. This study opens a promising route for quantum simulation of many-body systems and quantum information transport in chains of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms. PMID:26182093

  14. The role of van der Waals forces in the performance of molecular diodes

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    Nerngchamnong, Nisachol; Yuan, Li; Qi, Dong-Chen; Li, Jiang; Thompson, Damien; Nijhuis, Christian A.

    2013-02-01

    One of the main goals of organic and molecular electronics is to relate the performance and electronic function of devices to the chemical structure and intermolecular interactions of the organic component inside them, which can take the form of an organic thin film, a self-assembled monolayer or a single molecule. This goal is difficult to achieve because organic and molecular electronic devices are complex physical-organic systems that consist of at least two electrodes, an organic component and two (different) organic/inorganic interfaces. Singling out the contribution of each of these components remains challenging. So far, strong π-π interactions have mainly been considered for the rational design and optimization of the performances of organic electronic devices, and weaker intermolecular interactions have largely been ignored. Here, we show experimentally that subtle changes in the intermolecular van der Waals interactions in the active component of a molecular diode dramatically impact the performance of the device. In particular, we observe an odd-even effect as the number of alkyl units is varied in a ferrocene-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayer. As a result of a more favourable van der Waals interaction, junctions made from an odd number of alkyl units have a lower packing energy (by ~0.4-0.6 kcal mol-1), rectify currents 10 times more efficiently, give a 10% higher yield in working devices, and can be made two to three times more reproducibly than junctions made from an even number of alkyl units.

  15. Gate tunable WSe2-BP van der Waals heterojunction devices

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    Chen, Peng; Zhang, Ting Ting; Zhang, Jing; Xiang, Jianyong; Yu, Hua; Wu, Shuang; Lu, Xiaobo; Wang, Guole; Wen, Fusheng; Liu, Zhongyuan; Yang, Rong; Shi, Dongxia; Zhang, Guangyu

    2016-02-01

    Due to the weak screening effect, the concentration and type of charge carriers in 2D semiconductor heterostructures can be effectively tuned by electrostatic gating, enabling us to realize different types of heterojunctions in a single device. Such `type tunable' properties are useful for designing novel electrical or optoelectrical devices. Here, we demonstrate a `type tunable' heterojunction device construct with two pieces of ambipolar 2D semiconductors: WSe2 and black phosphorus (BP). This heterojunction could be tuned to either the p-p junction or n-n junction by gate modulation. The p-p junction shows a large current rectification ratio while the n-n junction shows a negligible current rectification ratio, indicating a large valence band offset and a small conduction band offset at the WSe2/BP interface. In the optoelectrical measurements, we found the amplitude and even the polarity of photocurrent could be modulated by electrostatic gating. Our study could further enhance the understanding of designing devices based on these `type tunable' van der Waals heterojunctions. Moreover, the properties of the WSe2/BP interface were also experimentally identified through the electrical and optoelectrical measurements in our study.Due to the weak screening effect, the concentration and type of charge carriers in 2D semiconductor heterostructures can be effectively tuned by electrostatic gating, enabling us to realize different types of heterojunctions in a single device. Such `type tunable' properties are useful for designing novel electrical or optoelectrical devices. Here, we demonstrate a `type tunable' heterojunction device construct with two pieces of ambipolar 2D semiconductors: WSe2 and black phosphorus (BP). This heterojunction could be tuned to either the p-p junction or n-n junction by gate modulation. The p-p junction shows a large current rectification ratio while the n-n junction shows a negligible current rectification ratio, indicating a large valence

  16. Surface energy and wettability of van der Waals structures

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    Annamalai, Meenakshi; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Han, Sang A.; Saha, Surajit; Park, Hye Jeong; Cho, Eun Bi; Kumar, Brijesh; Patra, Abhijeet; Kim, Sang-Woo; Venkatesan, T.

    2016-03-01

    The wetting behaviour of surfaces is believed to be affected by van der Waals (vdW) forces; however, there is no clear demonstration of this. With the isolation of two-dimensional vdW layered materials it is possible to test this hypothesis. In this paper, we report the wetting behaviour of vdW heterostructures which include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) on few layers of hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) and SiO2/Si. Our study clearly shows that while this class of two-dimensional materials are not completely wetting transparent, there seems to be a significant amount of influence on their wetting properties by the underlying substrate due to dominant vdW forces. Contact angle measurements indicate that graphene and graphene-like layered transitional metal dichalcogenides invariably have intrinsically dispersive surfaces with a dominating London-vdW force-mediated wettability.The wetting behaviour of surfaces is believed to be affected by van der Waals (vdW) forces; however, there is no clear demonstration of this. With the isolation of two-dimensional vdW layered materials it is possible to test this hypothesis. In this paper, we report the wetting behaviour of vdW heterostructures which include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) on few layers of hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) and SiO2/Si. Our study clearly shows that while this class of two-dimensional materials are not completely wetting transparent, there seems to be a significant amount of influence on their wetting properties by the underlying substrate due to dominant vdW forces. Contact angle measurements indicate that graphene and graphene-like layered transitional metal dichalcogenides invariably have intrinsically dispersive surfaces with a dominating London-vdW force-mediated wettability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06705

  17. Binding and Diffusion of Lithium in Graphite: Quantum Monte Carlo Benchmarks and Validation of van der Waals Density Functional Methods

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    Ganesh, P.; Kim, Jeongnim; Park, Changwon; Yoon, Mina; Reboredo, Fernando A.; Kent, Paul R. C.

    2014-11-03

    In highly accurate diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) studies of the adsorption and diffusion of atomic lithium in AA-stacked graphite are compared with van der Waals-including density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Predicted QMC lattice constants for pure AA graphite agree with experiment. Pure AA-stacked graphite is shown to challenge many van der Waals methods even when they are accurate for conventional AB graphite. Moreover, the highest overall DFT accuracy, considering pure AA-stacked graphite as well as lithium binding and diffusion, is obtained by the self-consistent van der Waals functional vdW-DF2, although errors in binding energies remain. Empirical approaches based onmore » point charges such as DFT-D are inaccurate unless the local charge transfer is assessed. Our results demonstrate that the lithium carbon system requires a simultaneous highly accurate description of both charge transfer and van der Waals interactions, favoring self-consistent approaches.« less

  18. The Dielectric Function for Water and Its Application to van der Waals Forces.

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    Dagastine; Prieve; White

    2000-11-15

    The dielectric response, varepsilon(ixi), for water (which is required in Lifshitz theory to calculate the van der Waals interactions in aqueous systems) is commonly constructed, in the absence of complete spectral data, by fitting a damped-harmonic-oscillator model to absorption data. Two sets of parameters for the model have been developed corresponding to different constraints: Parsegian and Weiss (J. Colloid Interface Sci., 1981, 81, 285) and Roth and Lenhoff (J. Colloid Interface Sci., 1996, 179, 637). These different representations of the dielectric response lead to significant differences in the van der Waals force calculated from Lifshitz theory. In this work, more recent and complete spectral data for water were compiled from the literature and direct integration of the Kramers-Kronig relations was used to construct a new varepsilon(ixi) for water at 298 degrees K. This approach also allows a number of different types of spectral measurements (such as infrared spectroscopy, microwave resonance techniques, and x-ray inelastic scattering) in the compilation of absorption data over a large frequency range (on the order of 8 to 10 decades in frequency). A Kramers-Kronig integration was employed to construct the real and imaginary parts of varepsilon(omega), varepsilon'(omega), and varepsilon"(omega) for water from the different spectral measurements before calculation of varepsilon(ixi) from its integral definition. The resulting new varepsilon(ixi) is intermediate between the Parsegian-Weiss and Roth-Lenhoff representations of varepsilon(ixi), does not use a model, and treats the conversion of absorption data as rigorously as possible. We believe the varepsilon(ixi) from the present work is the most reliable construction for use in van der Waals force calculations using Lifshitz theory. The extension of the varepsilon(ixi) construction to other temperatures is also discussed. Copyright 2000 Academic Press. PMID:11049685

  19. Local Probe Spectroscopy of Two-Dimensional van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Yankowitz, Matthew Abraham

    A large family of materials, collectively known as "van der Waals materials", have attracted enormous research attention over the past decade following the realization that they could be isolated into individual crystalline monolayers, with charge carriers behaving effectively two-dimensionally. More recently, an even larger class of composite materials has been realized, made possible by combining the isolated atomic layers of different materials into "van der Waals heterostructures", which can exhibit electronic and optical behaviors not observed in the parent materials alone. This thesis describes efforts to characterize the atomic-scale structural and electronic properties of these van der Waals materials and heterostructures through scanning tunneling microscopy measurements. The majority of this work addresses the properties of monolayer and few-layer graphene, whose charge carriers are described by massless and massive chiral Dirac Hamiltonians, respectively. In heterostructures with hexagonal boron nitride, an insulating isomorph of graphene, we observe electronic interference patterns between the two materials which depend on their relative rotation. As a result, replica Dirac cones are formed in the valence and conduction bands of graphene, with their energy tuned by the rotation. Further, we are able to dynamically drag the graphene lattice in these heterostructures, owing to an interaction between the scanning probe tip and the domain walls formed by the electronic interference pattern. Similar dragging is observed in domain walls of trilayer graphene, whose electronic properties are found to depend on the stacking configuration of the three layers. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy provides a direct method for visualizing the scattering pathways of electrons in these materials. By analyzing the scattering, we can directly infer properties of the band structures and local environments of these heterostructures. In bilayer graphene, we map the electrically

  20. First-principles investigations of the atomic, electronic, and thermoelectric properties of equilibrium and strained Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 including van der Waals interactions

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    Luo, Xin; Sullivan, Michael B.; Quek, Su Ying

    2012-11-01

    Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 are layered compounds of technological importance, being excellent thermoelectric materials as well as topological insulators. We report density functional theory calculations of the atomic, electronic, and thermoelectric properties of strained bulk and thin-film Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3, focusing on an appropriate description of van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The calculations show that the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) with Cooper's exchange (vdW-DFC09x) can reproduce closely the experimental interlayer distances in unstrained Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3. Interestingly, we predict atomic structures that are in much better agreement with the experimentally determined structure from Nakajima than that obtained from Wyckoff, especially for Bi2Se3, where the difference in atomic structures qualitatively changes the electronic band structure. The band structure obtained using the Nakajima structure and the vdW-DFC09x optimized structure are in much better agreement with previous reports of photoemission measurements, than that obtained using the Wyckoff structure. Using vdW-DFC09x to fully optimize atomic structures of bulk and thin-film Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 under different in-plane and uniaxial strains, we predict that the electronic bandgap of both the bulk materials and thin films decreases with tensile in-plane strain and increases with compressive in-plane strain. We also predict, using the semiclassical Boltzmann approach, that the magnitude of the n-type Seebeck coefficient of Bi2Te3 can be increased by the compressive in-plane strain while that of Bi2Se3 can be increased with tensile in-plane strain. Further, the in-plane power factor of n-doped Bi2Se3 can be increased with compressive uniaxial strain while that of n-doped Bi2Te3 can be increased by compressive in-plane strain. Strain engineering thus provides a direct method to control the electronic and thermoelectric properties in these thermoelectric topological insulator materials.

  1. Ab initio studies of the interaction potential for the Xe-NO(X2Π) van der Waals complex: bound states and fully quantum and quasi-classical scattering.

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    Kłos, J; Aoiz, F J; Menéndez, M; Brouard, M; Chadwick, H; Eyles, C J

    2012-07-01

    Adiabatic potential energy surfaces for the ground electronic state of the Xe⋅⋅⋅NO(X(2)Π) van der Waals complex have been calculated using the spin-restricted coupled cluster method with single, double, and non-iterative triple excitations (RCCSD(T)). The scalar relativistic effects present in the Xe atom were included by an effective core potential and we extended the basis with bond functions to improve the description of the dispersion interaction. It has been found that the global minimum on the A(') adiabatic surface occurs at a T-shaped geometry with γ(e) = 94° and R(e) = 7.46 a(0), and with well depth of D(e) = 148.68 cm(-1). There is also an additional local minimum for the collinear geometry Xe-NO with a well depth of 104.5 cm(-1). The adiabat of A('') symmetry exhibits a single minimum at a distance R(e) = 7.68 a(0) and has a skewed geometry with γ(e) = 64° and a well depth of 148.23 cm(-1). Several C(nl) van der Waals dispersion coefficients are also estimated, of which C(6, 0) and C(6, 2) are in a reasonable agreement with previous theoretical results obtained by Nielson et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 64, 2055 (1976)]. The new potential energy surfaces were used to calculate bound states of the complex for total angular momentum quantum numbers up to J = 7/2. The ground state energy of Xe⋅⋅⋅NO(X(2)Π) is D(0) = 117 cm(-1), which matches the experimental value very accurately (within 3.3%). Scattering calculations of integral and differential cross sections have also been performed using fully quantum close coupling calculations and quasi-classical trajectory method at a collision energy of 63 meV. These calculations reveal the important role played by L-type rainbows in the scattering dynamics of the heavier Rg-NO(X) systems. PMID:22779653

  2. Nonlocal van der Waals functionals: the case of rare-gas dimers and solids.

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    Tran, Fabien; Hutter, Jürg

    2013-05-28

    Recently, the nonlocal van der Waals (vdW) density functionals [M. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schröder, D. C. Langreth, and B. I. Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] have attracted considerable attention due to their good performance for systems where weak interactions are important. Since the physics of dispersion is included in these functionals, they are usually more accurate and show less erratic behavior than the semilocal and hybrid methods. In this work, several variants of the vdW functionals have been tested on rare-gas dimers (from He2 to Kr2) and solids (Ne, Ar, and Kr) and their accuracy compared to standard semilocal approximations, supplemented or not by an atom-pairwise dispersion correction [S. Grimme, J. Antony, S. Ehrlich, and H. Krieg, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154104 (2010)]. An analysis of the results in terms of energy decomposition is also provided. PMID:23742450

  3. Hemiquantal mechanics. I. Vibrational predissociation of van der Waals molecules

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    Halcomb, Lawrence L.; Diestler, D. J.

    1986-03-01

    The ``hemiquantal'' equations (HQE), which pertain to a system consisting of a quantally-behaving (``light'') subsystem coupled to a classically-behaving (``heavy'') one, result from a partial classical limit of Heisenberg's equations of motion. In effect, all heavy particles are required to follow precisely their classical trajectories. The HQE are applied to vibrational predissociation in a collinear model of the van der Waals molecule He ṡ ṡ ṡI2(B). Here, the vibration of I2 is the classical subsystem and the motion of He relative to the center of mass of I2 is the quantal subsystem. In this case, the HQE comprise a partial differential equation (Schrödinger's equation for the He motion) coupled to two ordinary differential equations (Hamilton's equations for the I2 vibration). These were solved numerically on the CYBER 205 supercomputer by means of an algorithm that uses a second-order predictor-corrector for Hamilton's equations and second-order time differencing for Schrödinger's equation. A scheme based on the fast Fourier transform was used to evaluate the spatial derivative of the wave function. The computed rates of vibrational predissociation are compared with the results of previous quasiclassical and fully quantal calculations and with experimental results.

  4. Photocurrent generation with two-dimensional van der Waals semiconductors.

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    Buscema, Michele; Island, Joshua O; Groenendijk, Dirk J; Blanter, Sofya I; Steele, Gary A; van der Zant, Herre S J; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2015-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted a great deal of interest in recent years. This family of materials allows for the realization of versatile electronic devices and holds promise for next-generation (opto)electronics. Their electronic properties strongly depend on the number of layers, making them interesting from a fundamental standpoint. For electronic applications, semiconducting 2D materials benefit from sizable mobilities and large on/off ratios, due to the large modulation achievable via the gate field-effect. Moreover, being mechanically strong and flexible, these materials can withstand large strain (>10%) before rupture, making them interesting for strain engineering and flexible devices. Even in their single layer form, semiconducting 2D materials have demonstrated efficient light absorption, enabling large responsivity in photodetectors. Therefore, semiconducting layered 2D materials are strong candidates for optoelectronic applications, especially for photodetection. Here, we review the state-of-the-art in photodetectors based on semiconducting 2D materials, focusing on the transition metal dichalcogenides, novel van der Waals materials, black phosphorus, and heterostructures. PMID:25909688

  5. Surface energy and wettability of van der Waals structures.

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    Annamalai, Meenakshi; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Han, Sang A; Saha, Surajit; Park, Hye Jeong; Cho, Eun Bi; Kumar, Brijesh; Patra, Abhijeet; Kim, Sang-Woo; Venkatesan, T

    2016-03-14

    The wetting behaviour of surfaces is believed to be affected by van der Waals (vdW) forces; however, there is no clear demonstration of this. With the isolation of two-dimensional vdW layered materials it is possible to test this hypothesis. In this paper, we report the wetting behaviour of vdW heterostructures which include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) on few layers of hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) and SiO2/Si. Our study clearly shows that while this class of two-dimensional materials are not completely wetting transparent, there seems to be a significant amount of influence on their wetting properties by the underlying substrate due to dominant vdW forces. Contact angle measurements indicate that graphene and graphene-like layered transitional metal dichalcogenides invariably have intrinsically dispersive surfaces with a dominating London-vdW force-mediated wettability. PMID:26910437

  6. Gate tunable WSe2-BP van der Waals heterojunction devices.

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    Chen, Peng; Zhang, Ting Ting; zhang, Jing; Xiang, Jianyong; Yu, Hua; Wu, Shuang; Lu, Xiaobo; Wang, Guole; Wen, Fusheng; Liu, Zhongyuan; Yang, Rong; Shi, Dongxia; Zhang, Guangyu

    2016-02-14

    Due to the weak screening effect, the concentration and type of charge carriers in 2D semiconductor heterostructures can be effectively tuned by electrostatic gating, enabling us to realize different types of heterojunctions in a single device. Such 'type tunable' properties are useful for designing novel electrical or optoelectrical devices. Here, we demonstrate a 'type tunable' heterojunction device construct with two pieces of ambipolar 2D semiconductors: WSe2 and black phosphorus (BP). This heterojunction could be tuned to either the p-p junction or n-n junction by gate modulation. The p-p junction shows a large current rectification ratio while the n-n junction shows a negligible current rectification ratio, indicating a large valence band offset and a small conduction band offset at the WSe2/BP interface. In the optoelectrical measurements, we found the amplitude and even the polarity of photocurrent could be modulated by electrostatic gating. Our study could further enhance the understanding of designing devices based on these 'type tunable' van der Waals heterojunctions. Moreover, the properties of the WSe2/BP interface were also experimentally identified through the electrical and optoelectrical measurements in our study. PMID:26810387

  7. Strain-Induced Electronic Structure Changes in Stacked van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    He, Yongmin; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Zhuhua; Gong, Yongji; Zhou, Wu; Hu, Zhili; Ye, Gonglan; Zhang, Xiang; Bianco, Elisabeth; Lei, Sidong; Jin, Zehua; Zou, Xiaolong; Yang, Yingchao; Zhang, Yuan; Xie, Erqing; Lou, Jun; Yakobson, Boris; Vajtai, Robert; Li, Bo; Ajayan, Pulickel

    2016-05-11

    Vertically stacked van der Waals heterostructures composed of compositionally different two-dimensional atomic layers give rise to interesting properties due to substantial interactions between the layers. However, these interactions can be easily obscured by the twisting of atomic layers or cross-contamination introduced by transfer processes, rendering their experimental demonstration challenging. Here, we explore the electronic structure and its strain dependence of stacked MoSe2/WSe2 heterostructures directly synthesized by chemical vapor deposition, which unambiguously reveal strong electronic coupling between the atomic layers. The direct and indirect band gaps (1.48 and 1.28 eV) of the heterostructures are measured to be lower than the band gaps of individual MoSe2 (1.50 eV) and WSe2 (1.60 eV) layers. Photoluminescence measurements further show that both the direct and indirect band gaps undergo redshifts with applied tensile strain to the heterostructures, with the change of the indirect gap being particularly more sensitive to strain. This demonstration of strain engineering in van der Waals heterostructures opens a new route toward fabricating flexible electronics. PMID:27120401

  8. Understanding corrosion inhibition with van der Waals DFT methods: the case of benzotriazole.

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    Gattinoni, Chiara; Michaelides, Angelos

    2015-01-01

    The corrosion of materials is an undesirable and costly process affecting many areas of technology and everyday life. As such, considerable effort has gone into understanding and preventing it. Organic molecule based coatings can in certain circumstances act as effective corrosion inhibitors. Although they have been used to great effect for more than sixty years, how they function at the atomic-level is still a matter of debate. In this work, computer simulation approaches based on density functional theory are used to investigate benzotriazole (BTAH), one of the most widely used and studied corrosion inhibitors for copper. In particular, the structures formed by protonated and deprotonated BTAH molecules on Cu(111) have been determined and linked to their inhibiting properties. It is found that hydrogen bonding, van der Waals interactions and steric repulsions all contribute in shaping how BTAH molecules adsorb, with flat-lying structures preferred at low coverage and upright configurations preferred at high coverage. The interaction of the dehydrogenated benzotriazole molecule (BTA) with the copper surface is instead dominated by strong chemisorption via the azole moiety with the aid of copper adatoms. Structures of dimers or chains are found to be the most stable structures at all coverages, in good agreement with scanning tunnelling microscopy results. Benzotriazole thus shows a complex phase behaviour in which van der Waals forces play an important role and which depends on coverage and on its protonation state and all of these factors feasibly contribute to its effectiveness as a corrosion inhibitor. PMID:25907526

  9. Mapping van der Waals forces with frequency modulation dynamic force microscopy

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    Polesel-Maris, J.; Guo, H.; Zambelli, T.; Gauthier, S.

    2006-08-01

    Nanometre-size gold clusters supported on MoS2(0001) are investigated by means of ultrahigh-vacuum frequency modulation dynamic force microscopy. Topography and frequency shift images are simultaneously obtained using the average tunnelling current to regulate the tip-substrate distance. Two families of clusters are observed, giving different frequency shift images. While the topographic and frequency shift profiles have similar shapes on small clusters (size \\lesssim 1 nm), they are quite different near the top of large clusters (size \\gtrsim 4 nm): the topographic profile is rounded, but the frequency shift profile exhibits rather steep edges and a depression near the centre of the island. It is demonstrated that these differences result from the finite range of van der Waals forces. On small islands, the frequency shift is dominated by the interaction of the tip with the substrate. On large islands, it is dominated by the interaction with the island. The particular observed shape results from the geometry of the island. These interpretations are comforted by analytical and numerical calculations. In particular, the characteristic shape of the frequency shift profiles on large islands can be reproduced by introducing realistic parameters and considering only the contribution of van der Waals forces.

  10. Van der Waals force: a dominant factor for reactivity of graphene.

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    Lee, Jong Hak; Avsar, Ahmet; Jung, Jeil; Tan, Jun You; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Natarajan, Srinivasan; Eda, Goki; Adam, Shaffique; Castro Neto, Antonio H; Özyilmaz, Barbaros

    2015-01-14

    Reactivity control of graphene is an important issue because chemical functionalization can modulate graphene's unique mechanical, optical, and electronic properties. Using systematic optical studies, we demonstrate that van der Waals interaction is the dominant factor for the chemical reactivity of graphene on two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures. A significant enhancement in the chemical stability of graphene is achieved by replacing the common SiO2 substrate with 2D crystals such as an additional graphene layer, WS2, MoS2, or h-BN. Our theoretical and experimental results show that its origin is a strong van der Waals interaction between the graphene layer and the 2D substrate. This results in a high resistive force on graphene toward geometric lattice deformation. We also demonstrate that the chemical reactivity of graphene can be controlled by the relative lattice orientation with respect to the substrates and thus can be used for a wide range of applications including hydrogen storage. PMID:25493357