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  1. Imaging van der Waals Interactions.

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    Han, Zhumin; Wei, Xinyuan; Xu, Chen; Chiang, Chi-Lun; Zhang, Yanxing; Wu, Ruqian; Ho, W

    2016-12-15

    The van der Waals interactions are responsible for a large diversity of structures and functions in chemistry, biology, and materials. Discussion of van der Waals interactions has focused on the attractive potential energy that varies as the inverse power of the distance between the two interacting partners. The origin of the attractive force is widely discussed as being due to the correlated fluctuations of electron charges that lead to instantaneous dipole-induced dipole attractions. Here, we use the inelastic tunneling probe to image the potential energy surface associated with the van der Waals interactions of xenon atoms.

  2. Scaling laws for van der Waals interactions in nanostructured materials.

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    Gobre, Vivekanand V; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2013-01-01

    Van der Waals interactions have a fundamental role in biology, physics and chemistry, in particular in the self-assembly and the ensuing function of nanostructured materials. Here we utilize an efficient microscopic method to demonstrate that van der Waals interactions in nanomaterials act at distances greater than typically assumed, and can be characterized by different scaling laws depending on the dimensionality and size of the system. Specifically, we study the behaviour of van der Waals interactions in single-layer and multilayer graphene, fullerenes of varying size, single-wall carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. As a function of nanostructure size, the van der Waals coefficients follow unusual trends for all of the considered systems, and deviate significantly from the conventionally employed pairwise-additive picture. We propose that the peculiar van der Waals interactions in nanostructured materials could be exploited to control their self-assembly.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Materials perspective on Casimir and van der Waals interactions

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    Woods, L. M.; Dalvit, D. A. R.; Tkatchenko, A.; Rodriguez-Lopez, P.; Rodriguez, A. W.; Podgornik, R.

    2016-10-01

    Interactions induced by electromagnetic fluctuations, such as van der Waals and Casimir forces, are of universal nature present at any length scale between any types of systems. Such interactions are important not only for the fundamental science of materials behavior, but also for the design and improvement of micro- and nanostructured devices. In the past decade, many new materials have become available, which has stimulated the need for understanding their dispersive interactions. The field of van der Waals and Casimir forces has experienced an impetus in terms of developing novel theoretical and computational methods to provide new insights into related phenomena. The understanding of such forces has far reaching consequences as it bridges concepts in materials, atomic and molecular physics, condensed-matter physics, high-energy physics, chemistry, and biology. This review summarizes major breakthroughs and emphasizes the common origin of van der Waals and Casimir interactions. Progress related to novel ab initio modeling approaches and their application in various systems, interactions in materials with Dirac-like spectra, force manipulations through nontrivial boundary conditions, and applications of van der Waals forces in organic and biological matter are examined. The outlook of the review is to give the scientific community a materials perspective of van der Waals and Casimir phenomena and stimulate the development of experimental techniques and applications.

  7. 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.

  8. Scaling Laws for van der Waals Interactions in Nanostructured Materials

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    Gobre, Vivekanand; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2014-03-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) forces originate from interactions between fluctuating multipoles in matter and play a significant role in the structure and stability of nanostructured materials. Many models used to describe vdW interactions in nanomaterials are based on a simple pairwise-additive approximation, neglecting the strong electrodynamic response effects caused by long-range fluctuations in matter. We develop and utilize an efficient microscopic method to demonstrate that vdW interactions in nanomaterials act at distances greater than typically assumed, and can be characterized by different scaling laws depending on the dimensionality and size of the system. Specifically, we study the behaviour of vdW interactions in single-layer and multilayer graphene, fullerenes of varying size, single-wall carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. As a function of nanostructure size, the van der Waals coefficients follow unusual trends for all of the considered systems, and deviate significantly from the conventionally employed pairwise-additive picture. We propose that the peculiar van der Waals interactions in nanostructured materials could be exploited to control their self-assembly.

  9. The vibration of nanosprings affected by van der Waals interactions.

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    Zhao, Junhua; Ben, Sudong; Yu, Peishi

    2016-10-01

    The vibration of tightly helical nanosprings affected by van der Waals (vdW) interactions is investigated based on continuum modelling. Explicit solutions are derived to clarify the influence of initial pitch, stiffness and the number of nanosprings on the period, frequency and amplitude of the vibration. Unlike classic linear/nonlinear springs, the waveform of the vibration is always asymmetric for tightly helical nanosprings due to the asymmetry of vdW attraction and repulsion. The at most three equilibrium positions for the nanosprings strongly depend on the deformation due to competition between the vdW interactions and the elastic energy of the nanosprings. This study provides physical insights into the origin of the novel dynamic properties of such nanosprings.

  10. 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

    2015-12-04

    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.

  11. Molecular Interactions in Particular Van der Waals Nanoclusters

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    Jungclas, Hartmut; Komarov, Viacheslav V.; Popova, Anna M.; Schmidt, Lothar

    2017-01-01

    A method is presented to analyse the interaction energies in a nanocluster, which is consisting of three neutral molecules bound by non-covalent long range Van der Waals forces. One of the molecules (M0) in the nanocluster has a permanent dipole moment, whereas the two other molecules (M1 and M2) are non-polar. Analytical expressions are obtained for the numerical calculation of the dispersion and induction energies of the molecules in the considered nanocluster. The repulsive forces at short intermolecular distances are taken into account by introduction of damping functions. Dispersion and induction energies are calculated for a nanocluster with a definite geometry, in which the polar molecule M0 is a linear hydrocarbon molecule C5H10 and M1 and M2 are pyrene molecules. The calculations are done for fixed distances between the two pyrene molecules. The results show that the induction energies in the considered three-molecular nanocluster are comparable with the dispersion energies. Furthermore, the sum of induction energies in the substructure (M0, M1) of the considered nanocluster is much higher than the sum of induction energies in a two-molecular nanocluster with similar molecules (M0, M1) because of the absence of an electrostatic field in the latter case. This effect can be explained by the essential intermolecular induction in the three-molecular nanocluster.

  12. Van der Waals interaction between two crossed carbon nanotubes.

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    Zhbanov, Alexander I; Pogorelov, Evgeny G; Chang, Yia-Chung

    2010-10-26

    The analytical expressions for the van der Waals potential energy and force between two crossed carbon nanotubes are presented. The Lennard-Jones potential between pairs of carbon atoms and the smeared-out approximation suggested by L. A. Girifalco (J. Phys. Chem. 1992, 96, 858) were used. The exact formula is expressed in terms of rational and elliptical functions. The potential and force for carbon nanotubes were calculated. The uniform potential curves for single- and multiwall nanotubes were plotted. The equilibrium distance, maximal attractive force, and potential energy have been evaluated.

  13. Physisorption of benzene on a tin dioxide surface: van der Waals interaction

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    Viitala, Matti; Kuisma, Mikael; Rantala, Tapio T.

    2012-02-01

    An adsorption study of the benzene molecule on SnO2 (110) surfaces with the density functional theory is extended to include the van der Waals interaction. We compare adsorption onto two model surfaces of SnO2, oxygen rich (stoichiometric) and oxygen poor (reduced), considered as limiting cases of varying oxygen abundance. With the chosen van der Waals approach [M. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schröder, D. C. Langreth, and B. I. Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.92.246401 92, 246401 (2004)] it is found that on the stoichiometric surface, where binding has both a covalent nature and an ionic nature, with the addition of the van der Waals interaction the adsorption energy becomes somewhat stronger. However, on the reduced surface, where binding was earlier predicted to be more physisorptionlike by using a standard generalized gradient approximation (GGA) approach, the van der Waals interaction increases the adsorption energy by a larger factor. Furthermore, three different local-density approximation and GGA functionals are compared, as corrected with the van der Waals scheme. It is found that the correction brings those three to reasonably similar descriptions of adsorption on both surfaces.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2016-05-13

    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Interlayer Interactions in van der Waals Heterostructures: Electron and Phonon Properties.

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    Le, Nam B; Huan, Tran Doan; Woods, Lilia M

    2016-03-09

    Artificial van der Waals heterostructures constitute an emerging field that promises to design systems with properties on demand. Stacking patterns and the utilization of different types of chemically inert layers can deliver novel materials and devices. Despite the relatively weak van der Waals interaction, which does not affect the electronic properties around the Fermi level, our first-principles calculations show significant changes in the higher conduction and deeper valence regions in the considered graphene/silicene, graphene/MoS2, and silicene/MoS2 systems. Such changes are linked to strong out-of-plane hybridization effects and van der Waals interactions. We also find that the interface coupling significantly affects the vibrational properties of the heterostructures when compared to the individual constituents. Specifically, the van der Waals coupling is found to be a major factor for the stability of the system. The emergence of shear and breathing modes, as well as the transformation of flexural modes, are also found.

  3. 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.

    2015-12-15

    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/Å{sup 2}). - Highlights: • Effects of van der Waals interactions are analyzed using advanced density functionals. • Calculations with vdW-corrected functionals closely agree with experiment. • Interlayer binding energy of GaSe is estimated to be 14.2–16.2 meV/Å{sup 2}.

  4. 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.

  5. Universal curves for the van der Waals interaction between single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Pogorelov, Evgeny G; Zhbanov, Alexander I; Chang, Yia-Chung; Yang, Sung

    2012-01-17

    We report very simple and accurate algebraic expressions for the van der Waals (VDW) potentials and the forces between two parallel and crossed carbon nanotubes. The Lennard-Jones potential for two carbon atoms and the method of the smeared-out approximation suggested by Girifalco were used. It is found that the interaction between parallel and crossed tubes is described by two universal curves for parallel and crossed configurations that do not depend on the van der Waals constants, the angle between tubes, and the surface density of atoms and their nature but only on the dimensionless distance. The explicit functions for equilibrium VDW distances, well depths, and maximal attractive forces have been given. These results may be used as a guide for the analysis of experimental data to investigate the interaction between nanotubes of various natures.

  6. Dielectric response variation and the strength of van der Waals interactions.

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    Hopkins, Jaime C; Dryden, Daniel M; Ching, Wai-Yim; French, Roger H; Parsegian, V Adrian; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2014-03-01

    Small changes in the dielectric response of a material result in substantial variations in the Hamaker coefficient of the van der Waals interactions, as demonstrated in a simplified approximate model as well as a realistic example of amorphous silica with and without an exciton peak. Variation of the dielectric response spectra at one particular frequency influences all terms in the Matsubara summation, making the total change in the Hamaker coefficient depend on the spectral changes not only at that frequency but also at the rest of the spectrum, properly weighted. The Matsubara terms most affected by the addition of a single peak are not those close to the position of the added peak, but are distributed doubly non-locally over the entire range of frequencies. A possibility of eliminating van der Waals interactions or at least drastically reducing them by spectral variation in a narrow regime of frequencies thus seems very remote.

  7. van der Waals interactions at the nanoscale: the effects of nonlocality.

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    Luo, Yu; Zhao, Rongkuo; Pendry, John B

    2014-12-30

    Calculated using classical electromagnetism, the van der Waals force increases without limit as two surfaces approach. In reality, the force saturates because the electrons cannot respond to fields of very short wavelength: polarization charges are always smeared out to some degree and in consequence the response is nonlocal. Nonlocality also plays an important role in the optical spectrum and distribution of the modes but introduces complexity into calculations, hindering an analytical solution for interactions at the nanometer scale. Here, taking as an example the case of two touching nanospheres, we show for the first time, to our knowledge, that nonlocality in 3D plasmonic systems can be accurately analyzed using the transformation optics approach. The effects of nonlocality are found to dramatically weaken the field enhancement between the spheres and hence the van der Waals interaction and to modify the spectral shifts of plasmon modes.

  8. van der Waals interactions at the nanoscale: The effects of nonlocality

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    Luo, Yu; Zhao, Rongkuo; Pendry, John B.

    2014-01-01

    Calculated using classical electromagnetism, the van der Waals force increases without limit as two surfaces approach. In reality, the force saturates because the electrons cannot respond to fields of very short wavelength: polarization charges are always smeared out to some degree and in consequence the response is nonlocal. Nonlocality also plays an important role in the optical spectrum and distribution of the modes but introduces complexity into calculations, hindering an analytical solution for interactions at the nanometer scale. Here, taking as an example the case of two touching nanospheres, we show for the first time, to our knowledge, that nonlocality in 3D plasmonic systems can be accurately analyzed using the transformation optics approach. The effects of nonlocality are found to dramatically weaken the field enhancement between the spheres and hence the van der Waals interaction and to modify the spectral shifts of plasmon modes. PMID:25468982

  9. van der Waals interactions between excited-state atoms and dispersive dielectric surfaces

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    Fichet, M.; Schuller, F.; Bloch, D.; Ducloy, M.

    1995-02-01

    van der Waals interactions between atoms and dielectric surfaces are reinvestigated. To describe the nonretarded interaction potential between a dispersive dielectric surface and an atom in an arbitrary internal energy state, we derive a general expression in terms of an integral, over real frequency, of the combined atom and surface polarizabilities. It is shown that, for excited atoms, the expression is equivalent to the one obtained by Wylie and Sipe [Phys. Rev. A 32, 2030 (1985)]. We thus demonstrate how to extend this approach to excited atoms interacting with birefringent dielectrics. For isotropic dielectrics, a method of integration in closed form allows us to derive an approximate formula for the van der Waals interaction constant in terms of resonance frequencies and oscillator strengths of both the atom and the dielectric. Frequency-dependent ``dielectric reflection'' coefficients are introduced for virtual atomic dipole couplings either in absorption or in emission. In absorption, the reflection coefficient is always positive and smaller than unity. In emission, it may take arbitrary values, positive or negative (corresponding to van der Waals repulsion). Such a behavior is shown to be related to resonant excitation exchange between the atomic system and the dielectric medium, when an atomic transition frequency gets in resonance with a dielectric absorption band. Numerical calculations performed for the cesium-sapphire system are shown to be in good agreement with data obtained by selective-reflection spectroscopy. Finally, experimental tests of the birefringent character of the sapphire response are discussed.

  10. Thin Film Evaporation Model with Retarded Van Der Waals Interaction (Postprint)

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    2013-11-01

    failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number . PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE...April 2013 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE THIN FILM EVAPORATION MODEL WITH RETARDED VAN DER WAALS INTERACTION (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b...GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 62203F 6. AUTHOR(S) Michael Hanchak, Marlin D. Vangsness, and Jamie S. Ervin (University of Dayton

  11. Molecular recognition by van der Waals interaction between polymers with sequence-specific polarizabilities.

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

    2015-06-07

    We analyze van der Waals interactions between two rigid polymers with sequence-specific, anisotropic polarizabilities along the polymer backbones, so that the dipole moments fluctuate parallel to the polymer backbones. Assuming that each polymer has a quenched-in polarizability sequence which reflects, for example, the polynucleotide sequence of a double-stranded DNA molecule, we study the van der Waals interaction energy between a pair of such polymers with rod-like structure for the cases where their respective polarizability sequences are (i) distinct and (ii) identical, with both zero and non-zero correlation length of the polarizability correlator along the polymer backbones in the latter case. For identical polymers, we find a novel r(-5) scaling behavior of the van der Waals interaction energy for small inter-polymer separation r, in contradistinction to the r(-4) scaling behavior of distinct polymers, with furthermore a pronounced angular dependence favoring attraction between sufficiently aligned identical polymers. Such behavior can assist the molecular recognition between polymers.

  12. Molecular recognition by van der Waals interaction between polymers with sequence-specific polarizabilities

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

    2015-06-01

    We analyze van der Waals interactions between two rigid polymers with sequence-specific, anisotropic polarizabilities along the polymer backbones, so that the dipole moments fluctuate parallel to the polymer backbones. Assuming that each polymer has a quenched-in polarizability sequence which reflects, for example, the polynucleotide sequence of a double-stranded DNA molecule, we study the van der Waals interaction energy between a pair of such polymers with rod-like structure for the cases where their respective polarizability sequences are (i) distinct and (ii) identical, with both zero and non-zero correlation length of the polarizability correlator along the polymer backbones in the latter case. For identical polymers, we find a novel r-5 scaling behavior of the van der Waals interaction energy for small inter-polymer separation r, in contradistinction to the r-4 scaling behavior of distinct polymers, with furthermore a pronounced angular dependence favoring attraction between sufficiently aligned identical polymers. Such behavior can assist the molecular recognition between polymers.

  13. 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.

  14. Van der Waals interactions: Evaluations by use of a statistical mechanical method

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    Høye, Johan S.

    2011-10-01

    In this work the induced van der Waals interaction between a pair of neutral atoms or molecules is considered by use of a statistical mechanical method. With use of the Schrödinger equation this interaction can be obtained by standard quantum mechanical perturbation theory to second order. However, the latter is restricted to electrostatic interactions between dipole moments. So with radiating dipole-dipole interaction where retardation effects are important for large separations of the particles, other methods are needed, and the resulting induced interaction is the Casimir-Polder interaction usually obtained by field theory. It can also be evaluated, however, by a statistical mechanical method that utilizes the path integral representation. We here show explicitly by use of this method the equivalence of the Casimir-Polder interaction and the van der Waals interaction based upon the Schrödinger equation. The equivalence is to leading order for short separations where retardation effects can be neglected. In recent works [J. S. Høye, Physica A 389, 1380 (2010), 10.1016/j.physa.2009.12.003; Phys. Rev. E 81, 061114 (2010)], 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.061114, the Casimir-Polder or Casimir energy was added as a correction to calculations of systems like the electron clouds of molecules. The equivalence to van der Waals interactions indicates that the added Casimir energy will improve the accuracy of calculated molecular energies. Thus, we give numerical estimates of this energy including analysis and estimates for the uniform electron gas.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. van der Waals interaction energy and disjoining pressure at small separation.

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    White, Lee R

    2010-03-01

    The divergence of the van der Waals interaction energy E(132)(L) between plane half-spaces 1 and 2 separated by medium 3 as the separation distance L tends to zero is naively thought of as due to the overlap of the atomic polarization centers. It follows that it may therefore be prevented by properly allowing for the finite size of the atomic species which would prevent the overlap. The distance cutoff model is a simple example of such a modification. The present paper demonstrates that this is not ultimately the origin of the divergence and, that although finite atomic dimensions would alleviate the embarrassment, non-overlap does not properly address the thermodynamic restriction that pertains to the interaction energy. By allowing in an albeit approximate way for the wavelength dependence of the material dielectric response functions epsilon(i xi, k) which arise naturally in the modern Lifshitz theory for this interaction, a form for the van der Waals energy and the corresponding disjoining pressure may be derived which obey the thermodynamic constraint and remove the divergence as L-->0. The energy and disjoining pressure in this new model are compared with the classic non-retarded results and the length cutoff model.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Van der Waals quintessence stars

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    Lobo, Francisco S. N.

    2007-01-15

    The van der Waals quintessence equation of state is an interesting scenario for describing the late universe, and seems to provide a solution to the puzzle of dark energy, without the presence of exotic fluids or modifications of the Friedmann equations. In this work, the construction of inhomogeneous compact spheres supported by a van der Waals equation of state is explored. These relativistic stellar configurations shall be denoted as van der Waals quintessence stars. Despite of the fact that, in a cosmological context, the van der Waals fluid is considered homogeneous, inhomogeneities may arise through gravitational instabilities. Thus, these solutions may possibly originate from density fluctuations in the cosmological background. Two specific classes of solutions, namely, gravastars and traversable wormholes are analyzed. Exact solutions are found, and their respective characteristics and physical properties are further explored.

  2. Encapsulation of organic molecules in carbon nanotubes: role of the van der Waals interactions

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    Dappe, Y. J.

    2014-02-01

    Carbon nanotubes are fascinating nano-objects not only from a fundamental point of view but also with respect to their remarkable properties, holding great potential in new materials design. When combined with organic molecules, these properties can be enhanced or modulated in order to fulfil the demand in domains as diverse as molecular electronics, biomaterials or even construction engineering, to name a few. To adequately conceive these hybrid materials it is essential to fully appreciate the nature of molecule-carbon nanotube interactions. In this review, we will discuss some relevant fundamental and applied research done on encapsulated molecules in carbon nanotubes. We will particularly focus on the weak and van der Waals interactions which rule the molecule-tube coupling. Therefore a small state of the art on the theoretical methods used to describe these interactions is presented here. Then, we will discuss various applications of molecular encapsulation, where we will consider structural, magnetic, charge transfer and transport, and optical properties.

  3. Electrically Tunable van der Waals Interaction in Graphene-Molecule Complex.

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    Muruganathan, Manoharan; Sun, Jian; Imamura, Tomonori; Mizuta, Hiroshi

    2015-12-09

    van der Waals (vdW) interactions play a central role in the surface-related physics and chemistry. Tuning of the correlated charge fluctuation in a vdW complex is a plausible way of modulating the molecules interaction at the atomic surface. Here, we report the vdW interaction tunability of the graphene-CO2 complex by combining the first-principles calculations with the vdW density functionals and the time evaluation measurements of CO2 molecules adsorption/desorption on graphene under an external electric field. The field-dependent charge transfer within the complex unveils the controllable tuning of CO2 from acceptor to donor. Meanwhile, the configuration of the adsorbed molecule, the equilibrium distance from graphene and O-C-O bonding angle, is modified accordingly. The range of electrical tunability is a unique feature for each type of molecule.

  4. Electrophoresis of two spheres: Influence of double layer and van der Waals interactions.

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    Tseng, Shiojenn; Huang, Chih-Hua; Hsu, Jyh-Ping

    2015-08-01

    Considering recent applications of electrophoresis conduced in nanoscaled devices, where particle-particle interaction can play a role, we studied for the first time the electrophoresis of two rigid spheres along their center line, taking account of the hydrodynamic, electric, and van der Waals interactions between them. Under the conditions of constant surface potential and surface charge density, the influences of the level of surface potential/charge density, the bulk salt concentration, and the particle-particle distance on their electrokinetic behaviors are examined. Numerical simulation reveals that these behaviors are much more complicated and interesting than those of isolated particles. In particular, we show that care must be taken in choosing an appropriate particle concentration in relevant experiment to avoid obtaining unreliable mobility data.

  5. 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.

  6. Are non-linear C-H⋯O contacts hydrogen bonds or Van der Waals interactions?. Establishing the limits between hydrogen bonds and Van der Waals interactions

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    Novoa, Juan J.; Lafuente, Pilar; Mota, Fernando

    1998-07-01

    The hydrogen bond nature of angular C-H⋯O contacts is examined to determine when these contacts are better classified as hydrogen bonds or as Van der Waals bonds. To classify the bond we propose to look at the nature of the intermolecular bond critical point present in the electron density of the complex containing the bond. The physics behind this approach is explained using a qualitative orbital overlap model aimed at describing the main changes in the electronic density of the complex produced by the C-H⋯O bending.

  7. 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

    2012-12-07

    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.

  8. Van der Waals interactions between atoms and dispersive surfaces at finite temperature

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    Gorza, M.-P.; Ducloy, M.

    2006-12-01

    The long-range interactions between an atomic system in an arbitrary energy level and dispersive surfaces in thermal equilibrium at non-zero temperature are revisited within the framework of the quantum-mechanical linear response theory, using generalized susceptibilities for both atom and electromagnetic field. After defining the observables of interest, one presents a general analysis of the atomic level shift valid for any number and form of dielectric surfaces. It is shown that, at zero temperature, one recovers well-known results previously obtained in the linear response regime. The case of a plane dispersive surface is elaborated on in the non-retarded regime. Calculations are given in detail for a dielectric surface exhibiting a single polariton resonance. Theoretical predictions are presented within a physical viewpoint allowing one to discriminate between the various interaction processes: on one hand, the level shift induced by non-resonant quantum fluctuations, on the other hand, two potentially resonant atom-surface couplings. The first resonant process appears for excited-state atoms and originates in an atomic de-excitation channel resonantly coupled to the surface polariton mode. It exists also at zero temperature, and has been studied and observed previously. The second physical process, which exists at non-zero temperature only, corresponds to the reverse process in which a thermal quantum excitation of a surface polariton resonantly couples to an atomic absorption channel. This novel phenomenon is predicted as well for a ground state atom, and can turn the ordinary long-range van der Waals attraction of atoms into a surface repulsion at increasing temperatures. This opens the way to the control and engineering of the sign and amplitude of van der Waals forces via surface temperature adjustment.

  9. Silicon addition to hydroxyapatite increases nanoscale electrostatic, van der Waals, and adhesive interactions.

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    Vandiver, Jennifer; Dean, Delphine; Patel, Nelesh; Botelho, Claudia; Best, Serena; Santos, José D; Lopes, Maria A; Bonfield, William; Ortiz, Christine

    2006-08-01

    The normal intersurface forces between nanosized probe tips functionalized with COO(-)-terminated alkanethiol self-assembling monolayers and dense, polycrystalline silicon-substituted synthetic hydroxyapatite (SiHA) and phase pure hydroxyapatite (HA) were measured via a nanomechanical technique called chemically specific high-resolution force spectroscopy. A significantly larger van der Waals interaction was observed for the SiHA compared to HA; Hamaker constants (A) were found to be A(SiHA) = 35 +/- 27 zJ and A(HA) = 13 +/- 12 zJ. Using the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek approximation, which assumes linear additivity of the electrostatic double layer and van der Waals components, and the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann surface charge model for electrostatic double-layer forces, the surface charge per unit area, sigma (C/m(2)), was calculated as a function of position for specific nanosized areas within individual grains. SiHA was observed to be more negatively charged than HA with sigma(SiHA) = -0.024 +/- 0.013 C/m(2), two times greater than sigma(HA) = -0.011 +/- 0.006 C/m(2). Additionally, SiHA was found to have increased surface adhesion (0.7 +/- 0.3 nN) compared to HA (0.5 +/- 0.3 nN). The characterization of the nanoscale variations in surface forces of SiHA and HA will enable an improved understanding of the initial stages of bone-biomaterial bonding.

  10. Density, structure, and dynamics of water: the effect of van der Waals interactions.

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    Wang, Jue; Román-Pérez, G; Soler, Jose M; Artacho, Emilio; Fernández-Serra, M-V

    2011-01-14

    It is known that ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of liquid water at ambient conditions, based on the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to density functional theory (DFT), with commonly used functionals fail to produce structural and diffusive properties in reasonable agreement with experiment. This is true for canonical, constant temperature simulations where the density of the liquid is fixed to the experimental density. The equilibrium density, at ambient conditions, of DFT water has recently been shown by Schmidt et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B, 113, 11959 (2009)] to be underestimated by different GGA functionals for exchange and correlation, and corrected by the addition of interatomic pair potentials to describe van der Waals (vdW) interactions. In this contribution we present a DFT-AIMD study of liquid water using several GGA functionals as well as the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) of Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)]. As expected, we find that the density of water is grossly underestimated by GGA functionals. When a vdW-DF is used, the density improves drastically and the experimental diffusivity is reproduced without the need of thermal corrections. We analyze the origin of the density differences between all the functionals. We show that the vdW-DF increases the population of non-H-bonded interstitial sites, at distances between the first and second coordination shells. However, it excessively weakens the H-bond network, collapsing the second coordination shell. This structural problem is partially associated to the choice of GGA exchange in the vdW-DF. We show that a different choice for the exchange functional is enough to achieve an overall improvement both in structure and diffusivity.

  11. van der Waals forces and electron-electron interactions in two strained graphene layers

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    Sharma, Anand; Harnish, Peter; Sylvester, Alexander; Kotov, Valeri N.; Neto, A. H. Castro

    2014-06-01

    We evaluate the van der Waals (vdW) interaction energy at zero temperature between two undoped strained graphene layers separated by a finite distance. We consider the following three models for the anisotropic case: (a) where one of the two layers is uniaxially strained, (b) the two layers are strained in the same direction, and (c) one of the layers is strained in the perpendicular direction with respect to the other. We find that for all three models and given value of the electron-electron interaction coupling, the vdW interaction energy increases with increasing anisotropy. The effect is most striking for the case when both layers are strained in the same direction where we observe up to an order of magnitude increase in the strained relative to the unstrained case. We also investigate the effect of electron-electron interaction renormalization in the region of large separation between the strained graphene layers. We find that the many-body renormalization contributions to the correlation energy are non-negligible and the vdW interaction energy decreases as a function of increasing distance between the layers due to renormalization of the Fermi velocity, the anisotropy, and the effective interaction. Our analysis can be useful in designing graphene-based vdW heterostructures which, in recent times, has seen an upsurge in research activity.

  12. Van der Waals forces and electron-electron interactions in two strained graphene layers

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    Sharma, Anand; Harnish, Peter; Sylvester, Alexander; Kotov, Valeri N.

    2014-03-01

    We evaluate the van der Waals (vdW) interaction energy at T=0 between two undoped graphene layers which are separated by a finite distance. Our study is carried out within the Random Phase Approximation and the interaction energy is obtained for variation in the strength of effective Coulomb interaction and anisotropy due to applied uniaxial strain. We consider the following three models for the anisotropic case: a) where one of the two layers is uniaxially strained, b) the two layers are strained in the same direction, and c) one of the layers is strained in the perpendicular direction. We find that for all the three models and any given value of the coupling, the vdW interaction energy increases with increasing anisotropy. The effect is most striking for the case when both the layers are strained in the parallel direction where we observe up to an order of magnitude increase in the strained graphene relative to the unstrained case. We also investigate the effect of intra-layer electron-electron interactions in the region of large separation between the strained graphene layers. We conclude that the many-body contributions to the correlation energy are non-negligible and the vdW interaction energy decreases as a function of increasing distance between the layers. Alexander Sylvester acknowledges financial assistance from the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) focussing on complex materials.

  13. Twisted Van der Waals Systems

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    Gani, Satrio; Rossi, Enrico

    Van der Waals systems formed by two-dimensional (2D) crystals and nanostructures possess electronic properties that make them extremely interesting for basic science and for possible technological applications. By tuning the relative angle (the twist angle) between the layers, or nanostructures, forming the Van der Waals systems experimentalists have been able to control the stacking configuration of such systems. We study the dependence on the twist angle of the electronic properties of two classes of Van der Waals systems: double layers formed by two, one-atom thick, layers of a metal dichalcogenide such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and graphene nanoribbons on a hexagonal boron nitride substrate. We present results that show how, for both classes of systems, the electronic properties can be strongly tuned via the twist angle. Work supported by ACS-PRF-53581-DNI5 and NSF-DMR-1455233.

  14. 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.

  15. Anisotropic Charge Distribution and Anisotropic van der Waals Radius Leading to Intriguing Anisotropic Noncovalent Interactions

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    Kim, Hahn; Van Dung Doan; Cho, Woo Jong; Madhav, Miriyala Vijay; Kim, Kwang S.

    2014-01-01

    Although group (IV–VII) nonmetallic elements do not favor interacting with anionic species, there are counterexamples including the halogen bond. Such binding is known to be related to the charge deficiency because of the adjacent atom's electron withdrawing effect, which creates σ/π-holes at the bond-ends. However, a completely opposite behavior is exhibited by N2 and O2, which have electrostatically positive/negative character around cylindrical-bond-surface/bond-ends. Inspired by this, here we elucidate the unusual features and origin of the anisotropic noncovalent interactions in the ground and excited states of the 2nd and 3rd row elements belonging to groups IV–VII. The anisotropy in charge distributions and van der Waals radii of atoms in such molecular systems are scrutinized. This provides an understanding of their unusual molecular configuration, binding and recognition modes involved in new types of molecular assembling and engineering. This work would lead to the design of intriguing molecular systems exploiting anisotropic noncovalent interactions. PMID:25059645

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

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    Hu, Lin; Zhao, Jin; Yang, Jinlong

    2015-05-21

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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).

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

    2016-01-01

    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

  2. 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

    2015-09-09

    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.

  3. Controlled Synthesis of Organic/Inorganic van der Waals Solid for Tunable Light-Matter Interactions.

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    Niu, Lin; Liu, Xinfeng; Cong, Chunxiao; Wu, Chunyang; Wu, Di; Chang, Tay Rong; Wang, Hong; Zeng, Qingsheng; Zhou, Jiadong; Wang, Xingli; Fu, Wei; Yu, Peng; Fu, Qundong; Najmaei, Sina; Zhang, Zhuhua; Yakobson, Boris I; Tay, Beng Kang; Zhou, Wu; Jeng, Horng Tay; Lin, Hsin; Sum, Tze Chien; Jin, Chuanhong; He, Haiyong; Yu, Ting; Liu, Zheng

    2015-12-16

    High-quality organic and inorganic van der Waals (vdW) solids are realized using methylammonium lead halide (CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) as the organic part (organic perovskite) and 2D inorganic monolayers as counterparts. By stacking on various 2D monolayers, the vdW solids exhibit dramatically different light emissions. Futhermore, organic/h-BN vdW solid arrays are patterned for red-light emission.

  4. Unusual Exciton-Phonon Interactions at van der Waals Engineered Interfaces.

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    Chow, Colin M; Yu, Hongyi; Jones, Aaron M; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2017-02-08

    Raman scattering is a ubiquitous phenomenon in light-matter interactions, which reveals a material's electronic, structural, and thermal properties. Controlling this process would enable new ways of studying and manipulating fundamental material properties. Here, we report a novel Raman scattering process at the interface between different van der Waals (vdW) materials as well as between a monolayer semiconductor and 3D crystalline substrates. We find that interfacing a WSe2 monolayer with materials such as SiO2, sapphire, and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) enables Raman transitions with phonons that are either traditionally inactive or weak. This Raman scattering can be amplified by nearly 2 orders of magnitude when a foreign phonon mode is resonantly coupled to the A exciton in WSe2 directly or via an A1(') optical phonon from WSe2. We further showed that the interfacial Raman scattering is distinct between hBN-encapsulated and hBN-sandwiched WSe2 sample geometries. This cross-platform electron-phonon coupling, as well as the sensitivity of 2D excitons to their phononic environments, will prove important in the understanding and engineering of optoelectronic devices based on vdW heterostructures.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Engineering the van der Waals interaction in cross-linking-free hydroxide exchange membranes for low swelling and high conductivity.

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    Gu, Shuang; Skovgard, Jason; Yan, Yushan S

    2012-05-01

    What a swell for hydroxides: The typical trade-off between swelling control and ion conductivity in ion-conducting polymer membranes is overcome by enhancement of van der Waals interactions among polymer chains. Using a quaternary phosphonium-functionalized polymer, the simple combination of high electron density of the polymer and large dipole moment of the functional group leads to low membrane swelling, high hydroxide conductivity, and excellent hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell performance.

  10. Full CI calibration of model hamiltonian, large basis set studies of the H 2-H 2 van der Waals interaction.

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    Burton, P. G.

    1983-08-01

    The non-variational CEPA2 PNO ansatz, recently employed in detailed studies of the H 2-H 2 van der Waals interaction by Burton and Senff and the full CI extrapolation studies on the same system by Burton are discussed in relation to the explicit full CI study of Harrison and Handy for the planar T configuration of H 2-H 2 ( R = 6.5 ao) in a basis of 80 functions.

  11. How critical are the van der Waals interactions in polymer crystals?

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    Liu, Chun-Sheng; Pilania, Ghanshyam; Wang, Chenchen; Ramprasad, Ramamurthy

    2012-09-20

    van der Waals (vdW) interactions play a prominent role in polymer crystallization. However, density functional theory (DFT) computations that utilize conventional (semi)local exchange-correlation functionals are unable to account for vdW interactions adequately and hence lead to poor predictions of equilibrium structures, densities, cohesive energies, and bulk moduli of polymeric crystals. This study therefore applies two forms of dispersion corrections to DFT, using either the Grimme (DFT-D3/D2) or the Tkatchenko and Scheffler (DFT-TS) approaches. We critically evaluate the relative performance of these two approaches in predicting structural, energetic, and elastic properties for a wide range of polymer crystals and also compare it with conventional electron exchange-correlation functionals (LDA, PBE, and PW91). Our results show that although the conventional functionals either systematically underestimate (e.g., LDA) or overestimate (e.g., PBE and PW91) the lattice parameters that control the polymer interchain interactions in a crystal, the dispersion-corrected functionals consistently provide a better prediction of the structural parameters. In a relative sense, however, the D3 and TS schemes are superior to the D2 approach owing to the environment-dependent atomic dispersion coefficients implicit in the D3 and TS treatments (we do note though that the D2 scheme already constitutes a significant improvement over the (semi)local functionals). Our results not only elucidate the importance of dispersion corrections in the accurate determination of the structural properties of the prototypical polymers considered but also provide a benchmark for comparing other procedures that might be used for including vdW interactions in such systems.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Spectral mixing formulations for van der Waals-London dispersion interactions between multicomponent carbon nanotubes.

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    Rajter, Rick; French, Roger H; Podgornik, Rudi; Ching, W Y; Parsegian, V Adrian

    2008-09-01

    Recognition of spatially varying optical properties is a necessity when studying the van der Waals-London dispersion (vdW-Ld) interactions of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that have surfactant coatings, tubes within tubes, andor substantial core sizes. The ideal way to address these radially dependent optical properties would be to have an analytical add-a-layer solution in cylindrical coordinates similar to the one readily available for the plane-plane geometry. However, such a formulation does not exist nor does it appear trivial to be obtained exactly. The best and most pragmatic alternative for end-users is to take the optical spectra of the many components and to use a spectral mixing formulation so as to create effective solid-cylinder spectra for use in the far-limit regime. The near-limit regime at "contact" is dominated by the optical properties of the outermost layer, and thus no spectral mixing is required. Specifically we use a combination of a parallel capacitor in the axial direction and the Bruggeman effective medium in the radial direction. We then analyze the impact of using this mixing formulation upon the effective vdW-Ld spectra and the resulting Hamaker coefficients for small and large diameter single walled CNTs (SWCNTs) in both the near- and far-limit regions. We also test the spectra of a [16,0,s+7,0,s] multiwalled CNT (MWCNT) with an effective MWCNT spectrum created by mixing its [16,0,s] and [7,0,s] SWCNT components to demonstrate nonlinear coupling effects that exist between neighboring layers. Although this paper is primarily on nanotubes, the strategies, implementation, and analysis presented are applicable and likely necessary to any system where one needs to resolve spatially varying optical properties in a particular Lifshitz formulation.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Theory of coherent van der Waals matter.

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    Kulić, Igor M; Kulić, Miodrag L

    2014-12-01

    We explain in depth the previously proposed theory of the coherent van der Waals (cvdW) interaction, the counterpart of van der Waals (vdW) force, emerging in spatially coherently fluctuating electromagnetic fields. We show that cvdW driven matter is dominated by many-body interactions, which are significantly stronger than those found in standard van der Waals (vdW) systems. Remarkably, the leading two- and three-body interactions are of the same order with respect to the distance (∝R(-6)), in contrast to the usually weak vdW three-body effects (∝R(-9)). From a microscopic theory we show that the anisotropic cvdW many-body interactions drive the formation of low-dimensional structures such as chains, membranes, and vesicles with very unusual, nonlocal properties. In particular, cvdW chains display a logarithmically growing stiffness with the chain length, while cvdW membranes have a bending modulus growing linearly with their size. We argue that the cvdW anisotropic many-body forces cause local cohesion but also a negative effective "surface tension." We conclude by deriving the equation of state for cvdW materials and propose experiments to test the theory, in particular the unusual three-body nature of cvdW.

  2. Theory of coherent van der Waals matter

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    Kulić, Igor M.; Kulić, Miodrag L.

    2014-12-01

    We explain in depth the previously proposed theory of the coherent van der Waals (cvdW) interaction, the counterpart of van der Waals (vdW) force, emerging in spatially coherently fluctuating electromagnetic fields. We show that cvdW driven matter is dominated by many-body interactions, which are significantly stronger than those found in standard van der Waals (vdW) systems. Remarkably, the leading two- and three-body interactions are of the same order with respect to the distance (∝R-6) , in contrast to the usually weak vdW three-body effects (∝R-9 ). From a microscopic theory we show that the anisotropic cvdW many-body interactions drive the formation of low-dimensional structures such as chains, membranes, and vesicles with very unusual, nonlocal properties. In particular, cvdW chains display a logarithmically growing stiffness with the chain length, while cvdW membranes have a bending modulus growing linearly with their size. We argue that the cvdW anisotropic many-body forces cause local cohesion but also a negative effective "surface tension." We conclude by deriving the equation of state for cvdW materials and propose experiments to test the theory, in particular the unusual three-body nature of cvdW.

  3. Superlubricity using repulsive van der Waals forces.

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    Feiler, Adam A; Bergström, Lennart; Rutland, Mark W

    2008-03-18

    Using colloid probe atomic force microscopy, we show that if repulsive van der Waals forces exist between two surfaces prior to their contact then friction is essentially precluded and supersliding is achieved. The friction measurements presented here are of the same order as the lowest ever recorded friction coefficients in liquid, though they are achieved by a completely different approach. A gold sphere attached to an AFM cantilever is forced to interact with a smooth Teflon surface (templated on mica). In cyclohexane, a repulsive van der Waals force is observed that diverges at short separations. The friction coefficient associated with this system is on the order of 0.0003. When the refractive index of the liquid is changed, the force can be tuned from repulsive to attractive and adhesive. The friction coefficient increases as the Hamaker constant becomes more positive and the divergent repulsive force, which prevents solid-solid contact, gets switched off.

  4. Quantifying electronic band interactions in van der Waals materials using angle-resolved reflected-electron spectroscopy

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    Jobst, Johannes; van der Torren, Alexander J. H.; Krasovskii, Eugene E.; Balgley, Jesse; Dean, Cory R.; Tromp, Rudolf M.; van der Molen, Sense Jan

    2016-01-01

    High electron mobility is one of graphene's key properties, exploited for applications and fundamental research alike. Highest mobility values are found in heterostructures of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, which consequently are widely used. However, surprisingly little is known about the interaction between the electronic states of these layered systems. Rather pragmatically, it is assumed that these do not couple significantly. Here we study the unoccupied band structure of graphite, boron nitride and their heterostructures using angle-resolved reflected-electron spectroscopy. We demonstrate that graphene and boron nitride bands do not interact over a wide energy range, despite their very similar dispersions. The method we use can be generally applied to study interactions in van der Waals systems, that is, artificial stacks of layered materials. With this we can quantitatively understand the ‘chemistry of layers' by which novel materials are created via electronic coupling between the layers they are composed of. PMID:27897180

  5. Quantifying electronic band interactions in van der Waals materials using angle-resolved reflected-electron spectroscopy

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    Jobst, Johannes; van der Torren, Alexander J. H.; Krasovskii, Eugene E.; Balgley, Jesse; Dean, Cory R.; Tromp, Rudolf M.; van der Molen, Sense Jan

    2016-11-01

    High electron mobility is one of graphene's key properties, exploited for applications and fundamental research alike. Highest mobility values are found in heterostructures of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, which consequently are widely used. However, surprisingly little is known about the interaction between the electronic states of these layered systems. Rather pragmatically, it is assumed that these do not couple significantly. Here we study the unoccupied band structure of graphite, boron nitride and their heterostructures using angle-resolved reflected-electron spectroscopy. We demonstrate that graphene and boron nitride bands do not interact over a wide energy range, despite their very similar dispersions. The method we use can be generally applied to study interactions in van der Waals systems, that is, artificial stacks of layered materials. With this we can quantitatively understand the `chemistry of layers' by which novel materials are created via electronic coupling between the layers they are composed of.

  6. Interaction of jump-fan composite waves in a two-dimensional jet for van der Waals gases

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    Lai, Geng

    2015-06-01

    We consider a two-dimensional (2D) jet by van der Waals gas streaming in parallel supersonic flow out of a duct into the atmosphere. We assume that the pressure p0 of the oncoming uniform parallel flow is greater than the atmospheric pressure pA and belongs to ( p1 e , p2 i ) . Then at the corners at exit the oncoming flow expands in two symmetric jump-fan (jf) composite waves to the atmospheric pressure. These two jf composite waves interact and emerge as simple waves from their zone of penetration. We present a mathematical analysis of the interaction of the jf composite waves. To construct the flow in the interaction region, we consider a discontinuous Goursat problem for the 2D isentropic irrotational steady Euler equations. The existence of global piecewise C1 solution to the discontinuous Goursat problem is obtained constructively.

  7. Nonlinear dipole-dipole interactions and spectroscopic properties of van der waals complexes in the gas phase

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    Bakhshiev, N. G.

    2003-09-01

    We suggest a semiempirical approach to describing the influence of local nonlinear dipole-dipole interactions on the formation of van der Waals complexes of 1: 1 composition in the gas phase. Based on this approach, we quantitatively interpret the experimental data on the patterns of the shift in the electronic (complexes of a 3-aminophthalimide molecule with water and methanol molecules) and vibrational (complexes of a HCl molecule with acetone and acetonitrile molecules) absorption spectra attributable to the processes of complex formation. We confirm the conclusion that a nonlinear dipole-dipole interaction should be considered as one of the most important physical mechanisms that result in the association of molecules both in the gas phase and, under certain conditions, in the condensed state.

  8. 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

    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.

  9. Investigation of the distinction between van der Waals interaction and chemical bonding based on the PAEM-MO diagram.

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    Zhao, Dong-Xia; Yang, Zhong-Zhi

    2014-05-15

    In recent years, the basic problem of understanding chemical bonding, nonbonded, and/or van der Waals interactions has been intensively debated in terms of various theoretical methods. We propose and construct the potential acting on one electron in a molecule-molecular orbital (PAEM-MO) diagram, which draws the PAEM inserted the MO energy levels with their major atomic orbital components. PAEM-MO diagram is able to show clear distinction of chemical bonding from nonbonded and/or vdW interactions. The rule for this is as follows. Along the line connecting two atoms in a molecule or a complex, the existence of chemical bonding between these two atoms needs to satisfy two conditions: (a) a critical point of PAEM exists and (b) PAEM barrier between the two atoms is lower in energy than the occupied major valence-shell bonding MO which contains in-phase atomic components (positive overlap) of the two considered atoms. In contrast to the chemical bonding, for a nonbonded interaction or van der Waals interaction between two atoms, both conditions (a) and (b) do not be satisfied at the same time. This is demonstrated and discussed by various typical cases, particularly those related to helium atom and H-H bonding in phenanthrene. There are helium bonds in HHeF and HeBeO molecules, whereas no H-H bonding in phenanthrene. The validity and limitation for this rule is demonstrated through the investigations of the curves of the PAEM barrier top and MO energies versus the internuclear distances for He2 , H2 , and He2 (+) systems.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Use of Two-Body Correlated Basis Functions with van der Waals Interaction to Study the Shape-Independent Approximation for a Large Number of Trapped Interacting Bosons

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    Lekala, M. L.; Chakrabarti, B.; Das, T. K.; Rampho, G. J.; Sofianos, S. A.; Adam, R. M.; Haldar, S. K.

    2017-01-01

    We study the ground-state and the low-lying excitations of a trapped Bose gas in an isotropic harmonic potential for very small (˜ 3) to very large (˜ 10^7 ) particle numbers. We use the two-body correlated basis functions and the shape-dependent van der Waals interaction in our many-body calculations. We present an exhaustive study of the effect of inter-atomic correlations and the accuracy of the mean-field equations considering a wide range of particle numbers. We calculate the ground-state energy and the one-body density for different values of the van der Waals parameter C6 . We compare our results with those of the modified Gross-Pitaevskii results, the correlated Hartree hypernetted-chain equations (which also utilize the two-body correlated basis functions), as well as of the diffusion Monte Carlo for hard sphere interactions. We observe the effect of the attractive tail of the van der Waals potential in the calculations of the one-body density over the truly repulsive zero-range potential as used in the Gross-Pitaevskii equation and discuss the finite-size effects. We also present the low-lying collective excitations which are well described by a hydrodynamic model in the large particle limit.

  14. 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.

  15. Effect of the van der Waals interaction on the electron energy-loss near edge structure theoretical calculation.

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    Katsukura, Hirotaka; Miyata, Tomohiro; Tomita, Kota; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu

    2016-07-21

    The effect of the van der Waals (vdW) interaction on the simulation of the electron energy-loss near edge structure (ELNES) by a first-principles band-structure calculation is reported. The effect of the vdW interaction is considered by the Tkatchenko-Scheffler scheme, and the change of the spectrum profile and the energy shift are discussed. We perform calculations on systems in the solid, liquid and gaseous states. The transition energy shifts to lower energy by approximately 0.1eV in the condensed (solid and liquid) systems by introducing the vdW effect into the calculation, whereas the energy shift in the gaseous models is negligible owing to the long intermolecular distance. We reveal that the vdW interaction exhibits a larger effect on the excited state than the ground state owing to the presence of an excited electron in the unoccupied band. Moreover, the vdW effect is found to depend on the local electron density and the molecular coordination. In addition, this study suggests that the detection of the vdW interactions exhibited within materials is possible by a very stable and high resolution observation.

  16. Integrable extended van der Waals model

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    Giglio, Francesco; Landolfi, Giulio; Moro, Antonio

    2016-10-01

    Inspired by the recent developments in the study of the thermodynamics of van der Waals fluids via the theory of nonlinear conservation laws and the description of phase transitions in terms of classical (dissipative) shock waves, we propose a novel approach to the construction of multi-parameter generalisations of the van der Waals model. The theory of integrable nonlinear conservation laws still represents the inspiring framework. Starting from a macroscopic approach, a four parameter family of integrable extended van der Waals models is indeed constructed in such a way that the equation of state is a solution to an integrable nonlinear conservation law linearisable by a Cole-Hopf transformation. This family is further specified by the request that, in regime of high temperature, far from the critical region, the extended model reproduces asymptotically the standard van der Waals equation of state. We provide a detailed comparison of our extended model with two notable empirical models such as Peng-Robinson and Soave's modification of the Redlich-Kwong equations of state. We show that our extended van der Waals equation of state is compatible with both empirical models for a suitable choice of the free parameters and can be viewed as a master interpolating equation. The present approach also suggests that further generalisations can be obtained by including the class of dispersive and viscous-dispersive nonlinear conservation laws and could lead to a new type of thermodynamic phase transitions associated to nonclassical and dispersive shock waves.

  17. On the tautomerisation of porphycene on copper (111): Finding the subtle balance between van der Waals interactions and hybridisation

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    Novko, Dino; Tremblay, Jean Christophe; Blanco-Rey, María

    2016-12-01

    We use density-functional theory (DFT) to analyse the interaction of trans- and cis-porphycene with Cu(111) and their interconversion by intramolecular H-transfer. This tautomerisation reaction is characterised by small values for the reaction energy and barrier, on the order of ˜0.1 eV, where the trans configuration is thermodynamically more stable upon adsorption according to the experiments [J. N. Ladenthin et al., ACS Nano 9, 7287-7295 (2015)]. To gain even a qualitatively correct description of this reaction at the DFT level, an accurate treatment of dispersion interactions and a careful choice of the exchange contribution are required in order to predict the subtle energetics. Analysis of the electronic structure shows that adsorption is contributed by a van der Waals (vdW) interaction, mainly responsible for stabilising the polyaromatic fragments, and by a significant charge redistribution localised between Cu and the unsaturated N atoms of the molecule central cavity. We find that different vdW functionals can produce qualitatively different electronic structures, while yielding small trans vs. cis energy differences. Unlike other functionals surveyed here, vdW-DF with PBE exchange satisfactorily reproduces not only the experimental energetics but also the scanning tunneling microscopy images. This gives us confidence that this functional achieves a reliable balance between the two mechanisms contributing to the adsorption of porphycene.

  18. 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, Yong-Hyun; Lee, Kyuho; Zhang, S B

    2008-10-21

    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.

  19. Computations of Lifshitz-van der Waals interaction energies between irregular particles and surfaces at all separations for resuspension modelling

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    Priye, Aashish; Marlow, William H.

    2013-10-01

    The phenomenon of particle resuspension plays a vital role in numerous fields. Among many aspects of particle resuspension dynamics, a dominant concern is the accurate description and formulation of the van der Waals (vdW) interactions between the particle and substrate. Current models treat adhesion by incorporating a material-dependent Hamaker's constant which relies on the heuristic Hamaker's two-body interactions. However, this assumption of pairwise summation of interaction energies can lead to significant errors in condensed matter as it does not take into account the many-body interaction and retardation effects. To address these issues, an approach based on Lifshitz continuum theory of vdW interactions has been developed to calculate the principal many-body interactions between arbitrary geometries at all separation distances to a high degree of accuracy through Lifshitz's theory. We have applied this numerical implementation to calculate the many-body vdW interactions between spherical particles and surfaces with sinusoidally varying roughness profile and also to non-spherical particles (cubes, cylinders, tetrahedron etc) orientated differently with respect to the surface. Our calculations revealed that increasing the surface roughness amplitude decreases the adhesion force and non-spherical particles adhere to the surfaces more strongly when their flatter sides are oriented towards the surface. Such practical shapes and structures of particle-surface systems have not been previously considered in resuspension models and this rigorous treatment of vdW interactions provides more realistic adhesion forces between the particle and the surface which can then be coupled with computational fluid dynamics models to improve the predictive capabilities of particle resuspension dynamics.

  20. The role of the van der Waals interactions in the adsorption of anthracene and pentacene on the Ag(111) surface.

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    Morbec, Juliana M; Kratzer, Peter

    2017-01-21

    Using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory (DFT), we investigated the effects of the van der Waals (vdW) interactions on the structural and electronic properties of anthracene and pentacene adsorbed on the Ag(111) surface. We found that the inclusion of vdW corrections strongly affects the binding of both anthracene/Ag(111) and pentacene/Ag(111), yielding adsorption heights and energies more consistent with the experimental results than standard DFT calculations with generalized gradient approximation (GGA). For anthracene/Ag(111) the effect of the vdW interactions is even more dramatic: we found that "pure" DFT-GGA calculations (without including vdW corrections) result in preference for a tilted configuration, in contrast to the experimental observations of flat-lying adsorption; including vdW corrections, on the other hand, alters the binding geometry of anthracene/Ag(111), favoring the flat configuration. The electronic structure obtained using a self-consistent vdW scheme was found to be nearly indistinguishable from the conventional DFT electronic structure once the correct vdW geometry is employed for these physisorbed systems. Moreover, we show that a vdW correction scheme based on a hybrid functional DFT calculation (HSE) results in an improved description of the highest occupied molecular level of the adsorbed molecules.

  1. The role of the van der Waals interactions in the adsorption of anthracene and pentacene on the Ag(111) surface

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    Morbec, Juliana M.; Kratzer, Peter

    2017-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory (DFT), we investigated the effects of the van der Waals (vdW) interactions on the structural and electronic properties of anthracene and pentacene adsorbed on the Ag(111) surface. We found that the inclusion of vdW corrections strongly affects the binding of both anthracene/Ag(111) and pentacene/Ag(111), yielding adsorption heights and energies more consistent with the experimental results than standard DFT calculations with generalized gradient approximation (GGA). For anthracene/Ag(111) the effect of the vdW interactions is even more dramatic: we found that "pure" DFT-GGA calculations (without including vdW corrections) result in preference for a tilted configuration, in contrast to the experimental observations of flat-lying adsorption; including vdW corrections, on the other hand, alters the binding geometry of anthracene/Ag(111), favoring the flat configuration. The electronic structure obtained using a self-consistent vdW scheme was found to be nearly indistinguishable from the conventional DFT electronic structure once the correct vdW geometry is employed for these physisorbed systems. Moreover, we show that a vdW correction scheme based on a hybrid functional DFT calculation (HSE) results in an improved description of the highest occupied molecular level of the adsorbed molecules.

  2. 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.; Thonhauser, T.; Cooper, Valentino R.; Lee, Kyuho; 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Bedolla, Pedro O; Feldbauer, Gregor; Wolloch, Michael; Eder, Stefan J; Dörr, Nicole; Mohn, Peter; Redinger, Josef; Vernes, András

    2014-08-07

    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.

  5. The CO-Ne van der Waals complex: ab initio intermolecular potential energy, interaction induced electric dipole moment and polarizability surfaces, and second virial coefficients.

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    Baranowska, Angelika; Fernández, Berta; Rizzo, Antonio; Jansík, Branislav

    2009-11-14

    The intermolecular potential energy, interaction induced electric dipole moment and polarizability surfaces of the CO-Ne van der Waals complex are calculated using coupled cluster methods and the d-aug-cc-pVTZ basis set extended with a set of 3s3p2d1f1g midbond functions placed in the middle of the van der Waals bond. After fitting the interaction properties to appropriate analytical functions the surfaces are further used in semiclassical calculations of the pressure, the dielectric and the refractivity second virial coefficients of the system. The interaction potential energy surface has a single minimum (-49.9952 cm(-1)), which corresponds to R = 3.383 A and theta = 79.4 degrees. The computed dielectric second virial coefficient B(epsilon) approximately -0.27 cm(6) mol(-2) around the room temperature.

  6. Hyperdislocations in van der Waals Layered Materials.

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    Ly, Thuc Hue; Zhao, Jiong; Keum, Dong Hoon; Deng, Qingming; Yu, Zhiyang; Lee, Young Hee

    2016-12-14

    Dislocations are one-dimensional line defects in three-dimensional crystals or periodic structures. It is common that the dislocation networks made of interactive dislocations be generated during plastic deformation. In van der Waals layered materials, the highly anisotropic nature facilitates the formation of such dislocation networks, which is critical for the friction or exfoliation behavior for these materials. By transmission electron microscopy analysis, we found the topological defects in such dislocation networks can be perfectly rationalized in the framework of traditional dislocation theory, which we applied the name "hyperdislocations". Due to the strong pinning effect of hyperdislocations, the state of exfoliation can be easily triggered by 1° twisting between two layers, which also explains the origin of disregistry and frictionlessness for all of the superlubricants that are widely used for friction reduction and wear protection.

  7. Evolutionary design of interfacial phase change van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Kalikka, Janne; Zhou, Xilin; Behera, Jitendra; Nannicini, Giacomo; Simpson, Robert E

    2016-10-27

    We use an evolutionary algorithm to explore the design space of hexagonal Ge2Sb2Te5; a van der Waals layered two dimensional crystal heterostructure. The Ge2Sb2Te5 structure is more complicated than previously thought. Predominant features include layers of Ge3Sb2Te6 and Ge1Sb2Te4 two dimensional crystals that interact through Te-Te van der Waals bonds. Interestingly, (Ge/Sb)-Te-(Ge/Sb)-Te alternation is a common feature for the most stable structures of each generation's evolution. This emergent rule provides an important structural motif that must be included in the design of high performance Sb2Te3-GeTe van der Waals heterostructure superlattices with interfacial atomic switching capability. The structures predicted by the algorithm agree well with experimental measurements on highly oriented, and single crystal Ge2Sb2Te5 samples. By analysing the evolutionary algorithm optimised structures, we show that diffusive atomic switching is probable by Ge atoms undergoing a transition at the van der Waals interface from layers of Ge3Sb2Te6 to Ge1Sb2Te4 thus producing two blocks of Ge2Sb2Te5. Evolutionary methods present an efficient approach to explore the enormous multi-dimensional design parameter space of van der Waals bonded heterostructure superlattices.

  8. The effect of intertube van der Waals interaction on the stability of pristine and functionalized carbon nanotubes under compression.

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    Kuang, Y D; Shi, S Q; Chan, P K L; Chen, C Y

    2010-03-26

    This paper investigates the effect of intertube van der Waals interaction on the stability of pristine and covalently functionalized carbon nanotubes under axial compression, using molecular mechanics simulations. After regulating the number of inner layers of the armchair four-walled (5, 5)@(10, 10)@(15, 15)@(20, 20) and zigzag four-walled (6, 0)@(15, 0)@(24, 0)@(33, 0) carbon nanotubes, the critical buckling strains of the corresponding tubes are calculated. The results show that each of the three inner layers in the functionalized armchair nanotube noticeably contributes to the stability of the outermost tube, and together increase the critical strain amplitude by 155%. However, the three inner layers in the corresponding pristine nanotube, taken together, increase the critical strain of the outermost tube by only 23%. In addition, for both the pristine and functionalized zigzag nanotubes, only the (24, 0) layer, among the three inner layers, contributes to the critical strain of the corresponding outermost tube, by 11% and 29%, respectively. The underlying mechanism of the enhanced stability related to nanotube chirality and functionalization is analyzed in detail.

  9. Ab initio calculations of van der Waals interactions in one- and two-dimensional infinite periodic systems

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    Fink, Karin; Staemmler, Volker

    1995-08-01

    A new CEPA-PNO (coupled electron pair approach with pair natural orbitals) method for the calculation of correlation energies in infinite periodic systems is proposed and applied to one- and two-dimensional He. The method starts from a crystal orbital Hartree-Fock (COHF) wavefunction with the occupied Bloch orbitals transformed into Wannier orbitals. The coupled-cluster equations for the infinite system are simplified by CEPA-type approximations: A CEPA-0 (or linear coupled-cluster) formula is applied for the small intercell contributions to the total correlation energy while CI-SD, ACPF or other CEPA variants are used for the large intracell contributions. The enormous number of single and double excitations into the virtual space is greatly reduced by the use of pair natural orbitals (PNOs), which leads to large savings in the necessary computer time and disk storage. First applications to the van der Waals interaction in the linear chain and the hexagonal plane of He atoms, performed with medium size and large atomic basis sets, show that an accuracy can be reached for the infinite systems which is comparable to the accuracy of the corresponding calculations for small He clusters. Because of the extended use of the translational symmetry of the Wannier orbitals, the calculations for the linear infinite systems are even considerably faster than those for the oligomers He5 and He7.

  10. 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

  11. 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).

  12. 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.

  13. Note on a van der Waals Gas.

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    Bauman, Robert P.; Harrison, Joseph G.

    1996-01-01

    Discusses the difficulties with the standard model for introduction of attractive forces into the van der Waals equation. Presents an analysis in terms of force and time delays and an alternative analysis for more advanced students in terms of energy. (JRH)

  14. 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

    2012-10-24

    We have investigated the performance of popular density functionals that include van der Waals interactions for the experimentally well-characterized problem of ethene (C(2)H(4)) 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    2016-06-08

    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.

  17. Van der Waals Effects on semiconductor clusters.

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    Li, Haisheng; Chen, Weiguang; Han, Xiaoyu; Li, Liben; Sun, Qiang; Guo, Zhengxiao; Jia, Yu

    2015-09-30

    Van der Waals (vdW) interactions play an important role on semiconductors in nanoscale. Here, we utilized first-principles calculations based on density functional theory to demonstrate the growth mode transition from prolate to multiunit configurations for Gen (n = 10-50) clusters. In agreement with the injected ion drift tube techniques that "clusters with n < 70 can be thought of as loosely bound assemblies of small strongly bound fragments (such as Ge7 and Ge10 )," we found these stable fragments are connected by Ge6 , Ge9 , or Ge10 unit (from bulk diamond), via strong covalent bonds. Our calculated cations usually fragment to Ge7 and Ge10 clusters, in accordance with the experiment results that the spectra Ge7 and Ge10 correspond to the mass abundance spectra. By controlling a germanium cluster with vdW interactions parameters in the program or not, we found that the vdW effects strengthen the covalent bond from different units more strikingly than that in a single unit. With more bonds between units than the threadlike structures, the multiunit structures have larger vdW energies, explaining why the isolated nanowires are harder to produce. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. 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.

  19. Thermal response in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Naidu Gandi, Appala; Alshareef, Husam N.; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2017-01-01

    We solve numerically the Boltzmann transport equations of the phonons and electrons to understand the thermoelectric response in heterostructures of M2CO2 (M: Ti, Zr, Hf) MXenes with transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers. Low frequency optical phonons are found to occur as a consequence of the van der Waals bonding, contribute significantly to the thermal transport, and compensate for the reduced contributions of the acoustic phonons (increased scattering cross-sections in heterostructures), such that the thermal conductivities turn out to be similar to those of the bare MXenes. Our results indicate that the important superlattice design approach of thermoelectrics (to reduce the thermal conductivity) may be effective for two-dimensional van der Waals materials when used in conjunction with intercalation.

  20. Thermal response in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Gandi, Appala Naidu; Alshareef, Husam N; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2017-01-25

    We solve numerically the Boltzmann transport equations of the phonons and electrons to understand the thermoelectric response in heterostructures of M2CO2 (M: Ti, Zr, Hf) MXenes with transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers. Low frequency optical phonons are found to occur as a consequence of the van der Waals bonding, contribute significantly to the thermal transport, and compensate for the reduced contributions of the acoustic phonons (increased scattering cross-sections in heterostructures), such that the thermal conductivities turn out to be similar to those of the bare MXenes. Our results indicate that the important superlattice design approach of thermoelectrics (to reduce the thermal conductivity) may be effective for two-dimensional van der Waals materials when used in conjunction with intercalation.

  1. Importance of van der Waals interaction for organic molecule-metal junctions: adsorption of thiophene on Cu(110) as a prototype.

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    Sony, Priya; Puschnig, Peter; Nabok, Dmitrii; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia

    2007-10-26

    We report ab initio calculations for the interface energetics of a weakly adsorbed organic molecule on a metal surface, which serves as a model interface relevant for organic electronics. The studied thiophene ring is found to be physisorbed on the Cu(110) surface with an adsorption energy of -0.50 eV. Nonlocal correlations, i.e., van der Waals interactions, are solely responsible for the binding in this weakly interacting system, and the choice of the proper exchange-correlation function is crucially important. The adsorption of thiophene lowers the metal work function due to the formation of surface dipoles while no sizable charge transfer is found.

  2. 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

  3. Van der Waals Force Assisted Heat Transfer

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    Sasihithlu, K.; Pendry, J. B.; Craster, R. V.

    2017-02-01

    Phonons (collective atomic vibrations in solids) are more effective in transporting heat than photons. This is the reason why the conduction mode of heat transport in nonmetals (mediated by phonons) is dominant compared to the radiation mode of heat transport (mediated by photons). However, since phonons are unable to traverse a vacuum gap (unlike photons), it is commonly believed that two bodies separated by a gap cannot exchange heat via phonons. Recently, a mechanism was proposed [J. B. Pendry, K. Sasihithlu, and R. V. Craster, Phys. Rev. B 94, 075414 (2016)] by which phonons can transport heat across a vacuum gap - through the Van der Waals interaction between two bodies with gap less than the wavelength of light. Such heat transfer mechanisms are highly relevant for heating (and cooling) of nanostructures; the heating of the flying heads in magnetic storage disks is a case in point. Here, the theoretical derivation for modelling phonon transmission is revisited and extended to the case of two bodies made of different materials separated by a vacuum gap. Magnitudes of phonon transmission, and hence the heat transfer, for commonly used materials in the micro- and nano-electromechanical industry are calculated and compared with the calculation of conduction heat transfer through air for small gaps as well as the heat transfer calculation due to photon exchange.

  4. Effect of van der Waals interactions on the chemisorption and physisorption of phenol and phenoxy on metal surfaces

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    Peköz, Rengin; Donadio, Davide

    2016-09-01

    The adsorption of phenol and phenoxy on the (111) surface of Au and Pt has been investigated by density functional theory calculations with the conventional PBE functional and three different non-local van der Waals (vdW) exchange and correlation functionals. It is found that both phenol and phenoxy on Au(111) are physisorbed. In contrast, phenol on Pt(111) presents an adsorption energy profile with a stable chemisorption state and a weakly metastable physisorbed precursor. While the use of vdW functionals is essential to determine the correct binding energy of both chemisorption and physisorption states, the relative stability and existence of an energy barrier between them depend on the semi-local approximations in the functionals. The first dissociation mechanism of phenol, yielding phenoxy and atomic hydrogen, has been also investigated, and the reaction and activation energies of the resulting phenoxy on the flat surfaces of Au and Pt were discussed.

  5. 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.

  6. Devices and applications of van der Waals heterostructures

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    Li, Chao; Zhou, Peng; Zhang, David Wei

    2017-03-01

    Van der Waals heterostructures, composed of individual two-dimensional material have been developing extremely fast. Synthesis of van der Waals heterostructures without the constraint of lattice matching and processing compatibility provides an ideal platform for fundamental research and new device exploitation. We review the approach of synthesis of van der Waals heterostructures, discuss the property of heterostructures and thoroughly illustrate the functional van der Waals heterostructures used in novel electronic and photoelectronic device. Project supported by the National Key Research and Development Program (No. 2016YFA0203900) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61376093, 61622401).

  7. 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.

  8. Accurate van der Waals coefficients from density functional theory

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    Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn

    2012-01-01

    The van der Waals interaction is a weak, long-range correlation, arising from quantum electronic charge fluctuations. This interaction affects many properties of materials. A simple and yet accurate estimate of this effect will facilitate computer simulation of complex molecular materials and drug design. Here we develop a fast approach for accurate evaluation of dynamic multipole polarizabilities and van der Waals (vdW) coefficients of all orders from the electron density and static multipole polarizabilities of each atom or other spherical object, without empirical fitting. Our dynamic polarizabilities (dipole, quadrupole, octupole, etc.) are exact in the zero- and high-frequency limits, and exact at all frequencies for a metallic sphere of uniform density. Our theory predicts dynamic multipole polarizabilities in excellent agreement with more expensive many-body methods, and yields therefrom vdW coefficients C6, C8, C10 for atom pairs with a mean absolute relative error of only 3%. PMID:22205765

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Diffusiophoretic self-propulsion of colloids driven by a surface reaction: The sub-micron particle regime for exponential and van der Waals interactions

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    Sharifi-Mood, Nima; Koplik, Joel; Maldarelli, Charles

    2013-01-01

    Diffusiophoresis is a mechanism for propelling colloid particles in a liquid in which the driving force for the motion derives from intermolecular interactions between solute molecules surrounding the particle and the colloid itself. When solutes are asymmetrically distributed around the particle, the solutal interactions exerted on the colloid are unbalanced, and the particle is propelled. In self-diffusiophoresis, the particle itself creates the asymmetric distribution as a means of autonomous motion (a motor). Experiments implement the asymmetric production of a solutal concentration gradient by functionalizing one side of the colloid with a catalyst, which converts a reactant solute into a product. Previous hydrodynamic models of this design have assumed the length scale L of the intermolecular interaction (typically of order 1-10 nm) to be much smaller than the colloid radius, a (order 1 μm), L/a < 1. In this limit, assuming the catalytic reaction produces a constant flux of solute, and convective effects are negligible, the self-diffusiophoretic velocity is to leading order independent of a. Anticipating future experiments on nanosized motors (a=O(10-100 nm)), numerical solutions are presented for the velocity up to order one in L/a, and an integral asymptotic approximation is constructed accurate for L/a less than 0.1. Three intermolecular interactions are examined, a hard sphere excluded volume potential, an exponential interaction and a long-range van der Waals attraction, which is computed by pairwise additivity and formulated to include the attraction of the solvent with the colloid. For each interaction, the velocity decreases as the colloid radius decreases with the interaction parameters constant. For small L/a, velocity for the exponential potential decreases with an order one correction in L/a while this correction is logarithmic for the van der Waals potential. A curve for velocity as a function of a is constructed for the van der Waals

  12. Van der Waals density functional: An appropriate exchange functional

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    Cooper, Valentino R.

    2010-04-01

    In this Rapid Communication, an exchange functional which is compatible with the nonlocal Rutgers-Chalmers correlation functional [van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF)] is presented. This functional, when employed with vdW-DF, demonstrates remarkable improvements on intermolecular separation distances while further improving the accuracy of vdW-DF interaction energies. The key to the success of this three-parameter functional is its reduction in short-range exchange repulsion through matching to the gradient expansion approximation in the slowly varying/high-density limit while recovering the large reduced gradient, s , limit set in the revised Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (revPBE) exchange functional. This augmented exchange functional could be a solution to long-standing issues of vdW-DF lending to further applicability of density-functional theory to the study of relatively large, dispersion bound (van der Waals) complexes.

  13. Virtual Resonant Emission and Oscillatory Long-Range Tails in van der Waals Interactions of Excited States: QED Treatment and Applications

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    Jentschura, U. D.; Adhikari, C. M.; Debierre, V.

    2017-03-01

    We report on a quantum electrodynamic (QED) investigation of the interaction between a ground state atom with another atom in an excited state. General expressions, applicable to any atom, are indicated for the long-range tails that are due to virtual resonant emission and absorption into and from vacuum modes whose frequency equals the transition frequency to available lower-lying atomic states. For identical atoms, one of which is in an excited state, we also discuss the mixing term that depends on the symmetry of the two-atom wave function (these evolve into either the gerade or the ungerade state for close approach), and we include all nonresonant states in our rigorous QED treatment. In order to illustrate the findings, we analyze the fine-structure resolved van der Waals interaction for n D -1 S hydrogen interactions with n =8 , 10, 12 and find surprisingly large numerical coefficients.

  14. Spherical and hyperspherical harmonics representation of van der Waals aggregates

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    Lombardi, Andrea; Palazzetti, Federico; Aquilanti, Vincenzo; Grossi, Gaia; Albernaz, Alessandra F.; Barreto, Patricia R. P.; Cruz, Ana Claudia P. S.

    2016-12-01

    The representation of the potential energy surfaces of atom-molecule or molecular dimers interactions should account faithfully for the symmetry properties of the systems, preserving at the same time a compact analytical form. To this aim, the choice of a proper set of coordinates is a necessary precondition. Here we illustrate a description in terms of hyperspherical coordinates and the expansion of the intermolecular interaction energy in terms of hypersherical harmonics, as a general method for building potential energy surfaces suitable for molecular dynamics simulations of van der Waals aggregates. Examples for the prototypical case diatomic-molecule-diatomic-molecule interactions are shown.

  15. Direct synthesis of van der Waals solids.

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; Lu, Ning; Perea-Lopez, Nestor; Li, Jie; Lin, Zhong; Peng, Xin; Lee, Chia Hui; Sun, Ce; Calderin, Lazaro; Browning, Paul N; Bresnehan, Michael S; Kim, Moon J; Mayer, Theresa S; Terrones, Mauricio; Robinson, Joshua A

    2014-04-22

    The stacking of two-dimensional layered materials, such as semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), insulating hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), and semimetallic graphene, has been theorized to produce tunable electronic and optoelectronic properties. Here we demonstrate the direct growth of MoS2, WSe2, and hBN on epitaxial graphene to form large-area van der Waals heterostructures. We reveal that the properties of the underlying graphene dictate properties of the heterostructures, where strain, wrinkling, and defects on the surface of graphene act as nucleation centers for lateral growth of the overlayer. Additionally, we show that the direct synthesis of TMDs on epitaxial graphene exhibits atomically sharp interfaces. Finally, we demonstrate that direct growth of MoS2 on epitaxial graphene can lead to a 10(3) improvement in photoresponse compared to MoS2 alone.

  16. 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.

  17. High resolution selective reflection spectroscopy as a probe of long-range surface interaction : measurement of the surface van der Waals attraction exerted on excited Cs atoms

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    Chevrollier, Martine; Fichet, Michèle; Oria, Marcos; Rahmat, Gabriel; Bloch, Daniel; Ducloy, Martial

    1992-04-01

    Selective reflection spectroscopy at an interface with a low-density resonant vapor, especially when combined with a frequency modulation technique, is a high-resolution Doppler-free tool for probing atoms interacting with a surface. We analyze different types of relevant surface interaction, emphasizing the spectral consequences of a van der Waals surface attraction associated to a z^{-3} potential dependence (z: distance to the wall). We present detailed results of two series of experiments at a Cs vapor/dielectric window interface on the 6S{1/2}-6P{3/2} (λ = 852 nm) resonance line and on the 6S{1/2}-7P second resonance line (λ = 455 nm and 459 nm). Lineshape analysis at various pressures consistently shows that a van der Waals-type surface attraction has to be considered to interpret strong lineshape distortions and resonance shift. The attractive strengths are found to be equal respectively to ≈ 2 kHz μm^3 and ≈ 20 kHz μm^3, independently of the considered hyperfine component, within the experimental accuracy. It yields also typical parameters of pressure broadening and shift, which are shown to originate in collisional processes, at densities where the medium is opaque. Theoretical expectations for the VW strength are discussed on the basis of the results of atomic theory. The predicted values are smaller, by a typical factor of 2, than those deduced from the experiments. The validity of the theory, when applied to a dielectric interface, is discussed and seems questionable when the frequency of virtual atomic transitions involved in the van der Waals attraction potential lies in the dielectric window absorption range. La spectroscopie de réflexion sélective à l'interface d'une vapeur résonnante de faible densité, combinée à une technique de modulation de fréquence, permet de sonder à haute résolution et sans effet Doppler des atomes en interaction avec une surface. On analyse différents types d'interaction de surface envisageables, en

  18. Electronic structure and photoabsorption property of pseudocubic perovskites CH3NH3PbX3(X = I, Br) including van der Waals interaction

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    Yu, Chol-Jun; Jong, Un-Gi; Ri, Mun-Hyok; Ri, Gum-Chol; Pae, Yong-Hyon

    2016-11-01

    Using density functional theory with the inclusion of van der Waals (vdW) interaction, we have investigated electronic energy bands, density of states, effective masses of charge carriers, and photo absorption coefficients of pseudo-cubic CH$_3$NH$_3$PbX$_3$ (X=I, Br). Our results confirm the direct bandgap of 1.49 (1.92) eV for X=I (Br) in the pseudo-cubic $Pm$ phase with lattice constant of 6.324 (5.966) \\AA, being agreed well with experiment and indicating the necessity of vdW correction. The calculated photo absorption coefficients for X=I (Br) have the onset at red (orange) color and the first peak around violet (ultraviolet) color in overall agreement with the experiment.

  19. 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.

  20. Modified Van der Waals equation and law of corresponding states

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    Zhong, Wei; Xiao, Changming; Zhu, Yongkai

    2017-04-01

    It is well known that the Van der Waals equation is a modification of the ideal gas law, yet it can be used to describe both gas and liquid, and some important messages can be obtained from this state equation. However, the Van der Waals equation is not a precise state equation, and it does not give a good description of the law of corresponding states. In this paper, we expand the Van der Waals equation into its Taylor's series form, and then modify the fourth order expansion by changing the constant Virial coefficients into their analogous ones. Via this way, a more precise result about the law of corresponding states has been obtained, and the law of corresponding states can then be expressed as: in terms of the reduced variables, all fluids should obey the same equation with the analogous Virial coefficients. In addition, the system of 3 He with quantum effects has also been taken into consideration with our modified Van der Waals equation, and it is found that, for a normal system without quantum effect, the modification on ideal gas law from the Van der Waals equation is more significant than the real case, however, for a system with quantum effect, this modification is less significant than the real case, thus a factor is introduced in this paper to weaken or strengthen the modification of the Van der Waals equation, respectively.

  1. Br...Br and van der Waals interactions along a homologous series: crystal packing of 1,2-dibromo-4,5-dialkoxybenzenes.

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    Suarez, Sebastián A; Muller, Federico; Gutiérrez Suburu, Matías E; Fonrouge, Ana; Baggio, Ricardo F; Cukiernik, Fabio D

    2016-10-01

    The crystalline structures of four homologues of the 1,2-dibromo-4,5-dialkoxybenzene series [Br2C6H2(OCnH2n + 1)2 for n = 2, 12, 14 and 18] have been solved by means of single-crystal crystallography. Comparison along the series, including the previously reported n = 10 and n = 16 derivatives, shows a clear metric trend (b and c essentially fixed along the series and a growing linearly with n), in spite of some subtle differences in space groups and/or packing modes. A uniform packing pattern for the aliphatic chains has been found for the n = 12 to 18 homologues, which slightly differs from that of the n = 10 derivative. The crystalline structures of all the higher homologues (n = 10-18) seem to arise from van der Waals interchain interactions and, to a lesser extent, type II Br...Br interactions. The dominant role of interchain interactions provides direct structural support for the usual interpretation of melting point trends like that found along this series. Atoms in Molecules (AIM) analysis allows a comparison of the relative magnitude of the interchain and Br...Br interactions, an analysis validated by the measured melting enthalpies.

  2. A van der Waals DFT Approach to Modeling Water

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    Kolb, Brian; Thonhauser, Timo

    2010-03-01

    We present density functional theory calculations for small water clusters and bulk water including van der Waals interactions via the non-local functional vdW-DF [1]. Historically, standard functionals such as LDA or GGA have been unable to accurately predict vibrational frequencies of small water clusters or the freezing point of bulk water, which has been partly attributed to the lack of van der Waals interactions [2]. We have implemented vdW-DF in the PWscf package, using an efficient convolution approach [3]. Our results for the vibrational frequencies of small water clusters show that vdW-DF gives a significant improvement compared to LDA or GGA. While the discrepancy between experiment and LDA/GGA is as much as 28% for certain modes, vdW-DF reduces this error to only about 6%. We also present results for the vibrational spectrum and Raman spectrum of periodic ice, again showing the advantages of vdW-DF. In addition, we show preliminary results for bulk water from our vdW-DF MD simulations.[4pt] [1] Thonhauser et al., Phys. Rev. B 76, 125112 (2007).[2] H. Sit and N. Marzari, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 204510 (2005). [3] G. Roman-Perez and J. Soler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 096102 (2009).

  3. Reactivity of phosphorene with a 3d element trioxide (CrO3) considering van der Waals molecular interactions: a DFT-D2 study.

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    Rubio-Pereda, Pamela; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H

    2017-02-01

    First-principle calculations are performed to investigate the interaction between clean black phosphorene and the CrO3 molecule which is known to be a powerful oxidizer and a suspected carcinogen. Van der Waals forces are included in all calculations through empirical corrections. Energetics studies are first done to determine the structural stability. Then charge density, Löwdin population analysis and electronic states are evaluated. Results show that the CrO3 molecule, with an acceptor electron character, is chemisorbed on the phosphorene surface inducing minimal geometrical distortions, however, after adsorption, a partial charge gradient is produced between the P atoms located at the phosphorene upper and lower planes. Furthermore, variations on the CrO3 concentration causes different interaction strengths. At high concentrations of adsorbed CrO3 molecules, the interaction with the surface becomes stronger due to an increased steric effect between neighboring molecules. Nevertheless, this effect along with the geometrical distortions produced on the phosphorene structure, due to the large number of molecules adsorbed, leads to a decrement on the adsorption energy. It is expected that the reported results may render phosphorene as a promising material for application as a gas sensor.

  4. H2O and CO2 confined in cement based materials: an ab initio molecular dynamics study with van der Waals interactions

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    de Almeida, James; Miranda, Caetano; Fazzio, Adalberto

    2013-03-01

    Although the cement has been widely used for a long time, very little is known regarding the atomistic mechanism behind its functionality. Particularly, the dynamics of molecular systems at confined nanoporous and water hydration is largely unknown. Here, we study the dynamical and structural properties of H2O and CO2 confined between Tobermorite 9Å(T9) surfaces with Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics with and without van der Waals (vdW) interactions, at room temperature. For H2O confined, we have observed a broadening in the intra and intermolecular bond angle distribution. A shift from an ice-like to a liquid-like infrared spectrum with the inclusion of vdW interactions was observed. The bond distance for the confined CO2 was increased, followed with the appearance of shorter (larger) intramolecular (intermolecular) angles. These structural modifications result in variations on the CO2 symmetric stretching Raman active vibration modes. The diffusion coefficient obtained for both confined H2O and CO2 were found to be lower than their bulk counterparts. Interestingly, during the water dynamics, a proton exchange between H2O and the T9 surface was observed. However, for confined CO2, no chemical reactions or bond breaking were observed.

  5. Enhanced and switchable nanoscale thermal conduction due to van der Waals interfaces.

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    Yang, Juekuan; Yang, Yang; Waltermire, Scott W; Wu, Xiaoxia; Zhang, Haitao; Gutu, Timothy; Jiang, Youfei; Chen, Yunfei; Zinn, Alfred A; Prasher, Ravi; Xu, Terry T; Li, Deyu

    2011-12-11

    Understanding thermal transport in nanostructured materials is important for the development of energy conversion applications and the thermal management of microelectronic and optoelectronic devices. Most nanostructures interact through van der Waals interactions, and these interactions typically lead to a reduction in thermal transport. Here, we show that the thermal conductivity of a bundle of boron nanoribbons can be significantly higher than that of a single free-standing nanoribbon. Moreover, the thermal conductivity of the bundle can be switched between the enhanced values and that of a single nanoribbon by wetting the van der Waals interface between the nanoribbons with various solutions.

  6. Statistical mechanics of simple fluids - Beyond van der Waals

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    Lebowitz, J. L.; Waisman, E. M.

    1980-03-01

    Consideration is given to recent developments in the theory of dense fluids, based on a model fluid of hard spheres. The fluid is treated as consisting of electrically neutral particles interacting through pair potentials dependent only on the distance between their centers, a macroscopic system which can be described by classical statistical mechanics. The van der Waals equation of state and the Maxwell amendment to it for temperatures less than the critical temperature are reviewed, and subsequent rigorous derivations of the amended equation are presented. A relatively simple scheme for approximating a dense, single-component simple classical fluid whose atoms interact via the Lennard-Jones potential, based on the hard sphere model and employing computer calculations is then outlined. It is noted that the approach can be easily generalized to treat quantitatively mixtures of simple fluids, and nonuniform fluids qualitatively, and that there remains much to be done to understand why the schemes presented work as well as they do.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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

    2013-07-01

    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.

  10. 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

  11. A cartography of the van der Waals territories.

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    Alvarez, Santiago

    2013-06-28

    The distribution of distances from atoms of a particular element E to a probe atom X (oxygen in most cases), both bonded and intermolecular non-bonded contacts, has been analyzed. In general, the distribution is characterized by a maximum at short E···X distances corresponding to chemical bonds, followed by a range of unpopulated distances--the van der Waals gap--and a second maximum at longer distances--the van der Waals peak--superimposed on a random distribution function that roughly follows a d(3) dependence. The analysis of more than five million interatomic "non-bonded" distances has led to the proposal of a consistent set of van der Waals radii for most naturally occurring elements, and its applicability to other element pairs has been tested for a set of more than three million data, all of them compared to over one million bond distances.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. A Scalable Implementation of Van der Waals Density Functionals

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    Wu, Jun; Gygi, Francois

    2010-03-01

    Recently developed Van der Waals density functionals[1] offer the promise to account for weak intermolecular interactions that are not described accurately by local exchange-correlation density functionals. In spite of recent progress [2], the computational cost of such calculations remains high. We present a scalable parallel implementation of the functional proposed by Dion et al.[1]. The method is implemented in the Qbox first-principles simulation code (http://eslab.ucdavis.edu/software/qbox). Application to large molecular systems will be presented. [4pt] [1] M. Dion et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004).[0pt] [2] G. Roman-Perez and J. M. Soler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 096102 (2009).

  15. 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.

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

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    Lee, Gwan-Hyoung; Lee, Chul-Ho; van der Zande, Arend M.; Han, Minyong; Cui, Xu; Arefe, Ghidewon; Nuckolls, Colin; Heinz, Tony F.; Hone, James; 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 MoS2 heterostructures for memory devices; graphene/MoS2/WSe2/graphene vertical p-n junctions for photovoltaic devices, and organic crystals on hBN with graphene electrodes for high-performance transistors.

  17. Periodic potentials in hybrid van der Waals heterostructures formed by supramolecular lattices on graphene

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    Gobbi, Marco; Bonacchi, Sara; Lian, Jian X.; Liu, Yi; Wang, Xiao-Ye; Stoeckel, Marc-Antoine; Squillaci, Marco A.; D'Avino, Gabriele; Narita, Akimitsu; Müllen, Klaus; Feng, Xinliang; Olivier, Yoann; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo; Orgiu, Emanuele

    2017-03-01

    The rise of 2D materials made it possible to form heterostructures held together by weak interplanar van der Waals interactions. Within such van der Waals heterostructures, the occurrence of 2D periodic potentials significantly modifies the electronic structure of single sheets within the stack, therefore modulating the material properties. However, these periodic potentials are determined by the mechanical alignment of adjacent 2D materials, which is cumbersome and time-consuming. Here we show that programmable 1D periodic potentials extending over areas exceeding 104 nm2 and stable at ambient conditions arise when graphene is covered by a self-assembled supramolecular lattice. The amplitude and sign of the potential can be modified without altering its periodicity by employing photoreactive molecules or their reaction products. In this regard, the supramolecular lattice/graphene bilayer represents the hybrid analogue of fully inorganic van der Waals heterostructures, highlighting the rich prospects that molecular design offers to create ad hoc materials.

  18. Electron response in van der Waals density functionals

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    Hyldgaard, Per

    2013-03-01

    There is significant interest in density functional theory (DFT) of dispersive or van der Waals (vdW) interactions and in DFT studies of sparse systems where vdW forces contribute to the cohesion and behavior. The Rutgers-Chalmers van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method [PRL 92, 246401 (2004); PRB 76, 125112 (2007)] is a nonempirical approach to calculate vdW bonding and for DFT characterizations of sparse matter. The vdW-DF framework is defined by a single exchange-correlation density functional that rests on a plasmon-type description for both semilocal components and for a parameter-free evaluation of nonlocal correlation. My talk summarizes a set of vdW-DF studies that seeks to map and analyze details in the vdW-DF electron-response nature. The purpose is in part to extract consequences that can facilitate an experiment-theory comparison that goes beyond binding geometries and energies. The aim is also to seek implications that can help develop the vdW-DF framework. I present an analysis of the relative importance of morphology, screening (image-plane formation), and collective effects in the vdW-DF description of molecular systems. In addition, I compare vdW-DF results with Cu(111) experiments that tests the electron-response behavior in terms of adsorption-induced band shifts, the form of the overall light-molecule physisorption potential, and the corrugation in the kinetic-energy repulsion of molecules at surfaces. Overall, the vdW-DF studies suggest the importance of benchmarking vdW methods across different length scales and by exploring the variation that arise when related structures have a different balance between exchange repulsion and vdW attraction.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

    2013-03-29

    The differences in the 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 that the binding energies of Xe adsorbed on M- and S-SWNTs are nearly identical. Temperature programed desorption experiments 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 density functional theory are in good agreement with experiments.

  1. 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.

  2. Van der Waals forces in pNRQED

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    Shtabovenko, Vladyslav

    2016-01-22

    We report on the calculation of electromagnetic van der Waals forces [1] between two hydrogen atoms using non-relativistic effective field theories (EFTs) of QED for large and small momentum transfers with respect to the intrinsic energy scale of the hydrogen atom. Our results reproduce the well known London and Casimir-Polder forces.

  3. Nonadiabatic corrections to the van der Waals potential

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    Au, C. K.

    1988-01-01

    Closed-form expressions are derived for the finite-mass nonadiabatic corrections to the van der Waals potential in the electric-dipole approximations in terms of London-analog two-center atomic spectral sums. The nonadiabatic corrections to all orders at threshold energy and also those with first-order energy dependence are given.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Convergence of the many-body expansion of interaction potentials: From van der Waals to covalent and metallic systems

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    Hermann, Andreas; Krawczyk, Robert P.; Lein, Matthias; Schwerdtfeger, Peter; Hamilton, I. P.; Stewart, James J. P.

    2007-07-15

    The many-body expansion of the interaction potential between atoms and molecules is analyzed in detail for different types of interactions involving up to seven atoms. Elementary clusters of Ar, Na, Si, and, in particular, Au are studied, using first-principles wave-function- and density-functional-based methods to obtain the individual n-body contributions to the interaction energies. With increasing atom number the many-body expansion converges rapidly only for long-range weak interactions. Large oscillatory behavior is observed for other types of interactions. This is consistent with the fact that Au clusters up to a certain size prefer planar structures over the more compact three-dimensional Lennard-Jones-type structures. Several Au model potentials and semiempirical PM6 theory are investigated for their ability to reproduce the quantum results. We further investigate small water clusters as prototypes of hydrogen-bonded systems. Here, the many-body expansion converges rapidly, reflecting the localized nature of the hydrogen bond and justifying the use of two-body potentials to describe water-water interactions. The question of whether electron correlation contributions can be successfully modeled by a many-body interaction potential is also addressed.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    2014-12-09

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Etude théorique de l'interaction de van der Waals entre une sonde métallique et une surface diélectrique : application à la microscopie par mesure de forces atomiques

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    Maghezzi, S.; Girard, C.; van Labeke, D.

    1991-02-01

    The van der Waals interaction force between a metallic tip and a non planar dielectric is derived from a non local formalism. A general formulation is given for a spherical tip of nanometric size and for surfaces of arbitrary shape (monocrystal adsorbed on planar surfaces). The dispersion part of the attractive force is obtained from a non local theory expressed in terms of generalized electric susceptibilities of the two partners. Implications for atomic force microscopy in attractive mode are also discussed. La force d'interaction de van der Waals entre une pointe métallique et une surface diélectrique est calculée à partir d'une théorie non-locale. Plus précisément, on considère comme point de départ que l'interaction sonde-surface est due au couplage entre les fluctuations des densités de charges des solides en présence. De plus, dans cette approche la force de van der Waals est calculée dans le cadre de la théorie de la réponse linéaire en utilisant pour chacun des milieux la fonction réponse non-locale correspondante. En particulier la sonde, de nature métallique, est caractérisée par un jeu de susceptibilités du champ décrites par un formalisme auto-cohérent. On effectue enfin une étude numérique de la force sur des surfaces présentant des corrugations de dimensions nanométriques.

  13. 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.

  14. Discrete structure of van der Waals domains in globular proteins.

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    Berezovsky, Igor N

    2003-03-01

    Most globular proteins are divisible by domains, distinct substructures of the globule. The notion of hierarchy of the domains was introduced earlier via van der Waals energy profiles that allow one to subdivide the proteins into domains (subdomains). The question remains open as to what is the possible structural connection of the energy profiles. The recent discovery of the loop-n-lock elements in the globular proteins suggests such a structural connection. A direct comparison of the segmentation by van der Waals energy criteria with the maps of the locked loops of nearly standard size reveals a striking correlation: domains in general appear to consist of one to several such loops. In addition, it was demonstrated that a variety of subdivisions of the same protein into domains is just a regrouping of the loop-n-lock elements.

  15. Towards a more accurate van der Waals density functional

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    Hamada, Ikutaro

    2014-03-01

    The van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) of Dion et al. [1] has attracted considerable attention, because the functional is able to describe intra- and intermolecular bondings with different natures, e.g., covalent and van der Waals bondings in a seamless fashion within the framework of density functional theory. However, the accuracy of the functional is yet to be improved for the applications to various systems. Here I propose an exchange functional for the second version of vdW-DF [2], which improves the accuracy of vdW-DF. The keys in the improved exchange are the matching to the gradient expansion approximation in the slowly varying limit and the large density gradient behavior set in Becke's exchange (B86b)[3]. Systematic study on gas phase molecules, solids, and molecular adsorption demonstrates the applicability of the proposed functional to a wide variety of materials.

  16. Persistent hysteresis in graphene-mica van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Mohrmann, Jens; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Danneau, Romain

    2015-01-09

    We report the study of electronic transport in graphene-mica van der Waals heterostructures. We have designed various graphene field-effect devices in which mica is utilized as a substrate and/or gate dielectric. When mica is used as a gate dielectric we observe a very strong positive gate voltage hysteresis of the resistance, which persists in samples that were prepared in a controlled atmosphere down to even millikelvin temperatures. In a double-gated mica-graphene-hBN van der Waals heterostructure, we found that while a strong hysteresis occurred when mica was used as a substrate/gate dielectric, the same graphene sheet on mica substrate no longer showed hysteresis when the charge carrier density was tuned through a second gate with the hBN dielectric. While this hysteretic behavior could be useful for memory devices, our findings confirm that the environment during sample preparation has to be controlled strictly.

  17. Grippers Based on Opposing Van Der Waals Adhesive Pads

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    Parness, Aaron (Inventor); Kennedy, Brett A. (Inventor); Heverly, Matthew C (Inventor); Cutkosky, Mark R. (Inventor); Hawkes, Elliot Wright (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Novel gripping structures based on van der Waals adhesive forces are disclosed. Pads covered with fibers can be activated in pairs by opposite forces, thereby enabling control of the adhesive force in an ON or OFF state. Pads can be used in groups, each comprising a group of opposite pads. The adhesive structures enable anchoring forces that can resist adverse forces from different directions. The adhesive structures can be used to enable the operation of robots on surfaces of space vehicles.

  18. 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.

  19. Nano Electronics on Atomically Controlled van der Waals Quantum Heterostructures

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    2015-03-30

    electrical characteristics. Both large-area chemical vapor - deposited (CVD) single-crystalline h-BN layers and h-BN microflakes mechanically cleaved from a...dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials for the realization of novel quantum electronic states. We employed molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) combined with...novel quantum electronic states. We employed molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) combined with nanofabrication techniques to form functional nanostructures

  20. 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.

  1. Consistent van der Waals radii for the whole main group.

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    Mantina, Manjeera; Chamberlin, Adam C; Valero, Rosendo; Cramer, Christopher J; Truhlar, Donald G

    2009-05-14

    Atomic radii are not precisely defined but are nevertheless widely used parameters in modeling and understanding molecular structure and interactions. The van der Waals radii determined by Bondi from molecular crystals and data for gases are the most widely used values, but Bondi recommended radius values for only 28 of the 44 main-group elements in the periodic table. In the present Article, we present atomic radii for the other 16; these new radii were determined in a way designed to be compatible with Bondi's scale. The method chosen is a set of two-parameter correlations of Bondi's radii with repulsive-wall distances calculated by relativistic coupled-cluster electronic structure calculations. The newly determined radii (in A) are Be, 1.53; B, 1.92; Al, 1.84; Ca, 2.31; Ge, 2.11; Rb, 3.03; Sr, 2.49; Sb, 2.06; Cs, 3.43; Ba, 2.68; Bi, 2.07; Po, 1.97; At, 2.02; Rn, 2.20; Fr, 3.48; and Ra, 2.83.

  2. 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.

  3. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: A variational principle behind the van der Waals picture of strongly coupled plasmas

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    Frusawa, Hiroshi

    2009-02-01

    Various strong coupling theories of the one-component plasma have successfully predicted the thermodynamic and structural properties by separating the Coulomb potential into short- and long-ranged parts in ad hoc ways. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that the density-density correlation function in a mimic system with only short-ranged interactions resembles that of the full Coulomb system, revealing that the van der Waals picture applies to the strongly coupled Coulomb systems. Here we present a variational theory forming the basis of the van der Waals picture. Our approach provides hybrid formulations which combine both the liquid state theory and statistical field theory; essential use is made of the coarse-grained system with only the long-ranged part of Coulomb interactions as a reference system in introducing both the lower bound variational principle and strong coupling expansion.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Slidable atomic layers in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Kobayashi, Yu; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Maniwa, Yutaka; Miyata, Yasumitsu

    2017-04-01

    We report the preparation and manipulation of slidable atomic layers in clean, incommensurate van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures. Monolayer and multilayer WS2 grains are grown on graphite and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) via chemical vapor deposition, and these grains can slide smoothly on graphite and hBN surfaces by manipulation with a tip. Furthermore, this sliding process allows the suspension, tearing, stacking, and connection of the atomic layers. These results demonstrate a novel approach for developing a wide variety of atomic-layer heterostructures with tunable interlayer coupling and an ideal system for studying the superlubricity of incommensurate, highly clean vdW contacts.

  9. Van der Waals phase transition in the framework of holography

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    Zeng, Xiao-Xiong; Li, Li-Fang

    2017-01-01

    Phase structure of the quintessence Reissner-Nordström-AdS black hole is probed by the nonlocal observables such as holographic entanglement entropy and two point correlation function. Our result shows that, as the case of the thermal entropy, both the observables exhibit the Van der Waals-like phase transition. To reinforce this conclusion, we further check the equal area law for the first order phase transition and critical exponent of the heat capacity for the second order phase transition. We also discuss the effect of the state parameter on the phase structure of the nonlocal observables.

  10. Exfoliation of natural van der Waals heterostructures to a single unit cell thickness

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    Velický, Matěj; Toth, Peter S.; Rakowski, Alexander M.; Rooney, Aidan P.; Kozikov, Aleksey; Woods, Colin R.; Mishchenko, Artem; Fumagalli, Laura; Yin, Jun; Zólyomi, Viktor; Georgiou, Thanasis; Haigh, Sarah J.; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Dryfe, Robert A. W.

    2017-01-01

    Weak interlayer interactions in van der Waals crystals facilitate their mechanical exfoliation to monolayer and few-layer two-dimensional materials, which often exhibit striking physical phenomena absent in their bulk form. Here we utilize mechanical exfoliation to produce a two-dimensional form of a mineral franckeite and show that the phase segregation of chemical species into discrete layers at the sub-nanometre scale facilitates franckeite's layered structure and basal cleavage down to a single unit cell thickness. This behaviour is likely to be common in a wider family of complex minerals and could be exploited for a single-step synthesis of van der Waals heterostructures, as an alternative to artificial stacking of individual two-dimensional crystals. We demonstrate p-type electrical conductivity and remarkable electrochemical properties of the exfoliated crystals, showing promise for a range of applications, and use the density functional theory calculations of franckeite's electronic band structure to rationalize the experimental results. PMID:28194026

  11. Measuring the thermal boundary resistance of van der Waals contacts using an individual carbon nanotube.

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    Hirotani, Jun; Ikuta, Tatsuya; Nishiyama, Takashi; Takahashi, Koji

    2013-01-16

    Interfacial thermal transport via van der Waals interaction is quantitatively evaluated using an individual multi-walled carbon nanotube bonded on a platinum hot-film sensor. The thermal boundary resistance per unit contact area was obtained at the interface between the closed end or sidewall of the nanotube and platinum, gold, or a silicon dioxide surface. When taking into consideration the surface roughness, the thermal boundary resistance at the sidewall is found to coincide with that at the closed end. A new finding is that the thermal boundary resistance between a carbon nanotube and a solid surface is independent of the materials within the experimental errors, which is inconsistent with a traditional phonon mismatch model, which shows a clear material dependence of the thermal boundary resistance. Our data indicate the inapplicability of existing phonon models when weak van der Waals forces are dominant at the interfaces.

  12. Exfoliation of natural van der Waals heterostructures to a single unit cell thickness.

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    Velický, Matěj; Toth, Peter S; Rakowski, Alexander M; Rooney, Aidan P; Kozikov, Aleksey; Woods, Colin R; Mishchenko, Artem; Fumagalli, Laura; Yin, Jun; Zólyomi, Viktor; Georgiou, Thanasis; Haigh, Sarah J; Novoselov, Kostya S; Dryfe, Robert A W

    2017-02-13

    Weak interlayer interactions in van der Waals crystals facilitate their mechanical exfoliation to monolayer and few-layer two-dimensional materials, which often exhibit striking physical phenomena absent in their bulk form. Here we utilize mechanical exfoliation to produce a two-dimensional form of a mineral franckeite and show that the phase segregation of chemical species into discrete layers at the sub-nanometre scale facilitates franckeite's layered structure and basal cleavage down to a single unit cell thickness. This behaviour is likely to be common in a wider family of complex minerals and could be exploited for a single-step synthesis of van der Waals heterostructures, as an alternative to artificial stacking of individual two-dimensional crystals. We demonstrate p-type electrical conductivity and remarkable electrochemical properties of the exfoliated crystals, showing promise for a range of applications, and use the density functional theory calculations of franckeite's electronic band structure to rationalize the experimental results.

  13. Exfoliation of natural van der Waals heterostructures to a single unit cell thickness

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    Velický, Matěj; Toth, Peter S.; Rakowski, Alexander M.; Rooney, Aidan P.; Kozikov, Aleksey; Woods, Colin R.; Mishchenko, Artem; Fumagalli, Laura; Yin, Jun; Zólyomi, Viktor; Georgiou, Thanasis; Haigh, Sarah J.; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Dryfe, Robert A. W.

    2017-02-01

    Weak interlayer interactions in van der Waals crystals facilitate their mechanical exfoliation to monolayer and few-layer two-dimensional materials, which often exhibit striking physical phenomena absent in their bulk form. Here we utilize mechanical exfoliation to produce a two-dimensional form of a mineral franckeite and show that the phase segregation of chemical species into discrete layers at the sub-nanometre scale facilitates franckeite's layered structure and basal cleavage down to a single unit cell thickness. This behaviour is likely to be common in a wider family of complex minerals and could be exploited for a single-step synthesis of van der Waals heterostructures, as an alternative to artificial stacking of individual two-dimensional crystals. We demonstrate p-type electrical conductivity and remarkable electrochemical properties of the exfoliated crystals, showing promise for a range of applications, and use the density functional theory calculations of franckeite's electronic band structure to rationalize the experimental results.

  14. 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

  15. Franckeite as a naturally occurring van der Waals heterostructure.

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    Molina-Mendoza, Aday J; Giovanelli, Emerson; Paz, Wendel S; Niño, Miguel Angel; Island, Joshua O; Evangeli, Charalambos; Aballe, Lucía; Foerster, Michael; van der Zant, Herre S J; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino; Agraït, Nicolás; Palacios, J J; Pérez, Emilio M; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2017-02-13

    The fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures, artificial materials assembled by individual stacking of 2D layers, is among the most promising directions in 2D materials research. Until now, the most widespread approach to stack 2D layers relies on deterministic placement methods, which are cumbersome and tend to suffer from poor control over the lattice orientations and the presence of unwanted interlayer adsorbates. Here, we present a different approach to fabricate ultrathin heterostructures by exfoliation of bulk franckeite which is a naturally occurring and air stable van der Waals heterostructure (composed of alternating SnS2-like and PbS-like layers stacked on top of each other). Presenting both an attractive narrow bandgap (<0.7 eV) and p-type doping, we find that the material can be exfoliated both mechanically and chemically down to few-layer thicknesses. We present extensive theoretical and experimental characterizations of the material's electronic properties and crystal structure, and explore applications for near-infrared photodetectors.

  16. Franckeite as a naturally occurring van der Waals heterostructure

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    Molina-Mendoza, Aday J.; Giovanelli, Emerson; Paz, Wendel S.; Niño, Miguel Angel; Island, Joshua O.; Evangeli, Charalambos; Aballe, Lucía; Foerster, Michael; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino; Agraït, Nicolás; Palacios, J. J.; Pérez, Emilio M.; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2017-02-01

    The fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures, artificial materials assembled by individual stacking of 2D layers, is among the most promising directions in 2D materials research. Until now, the most widespread approach to stack 2D layers relies on deterministic placement methods, which are cumbersome and tend to suffer from poor control over the lattice orientations and the presence of unwanted interlayer adsorbates. Here, we present a different approach to fabricate ultrathin heterostructures by exfoliation of bulk franckeite which is a naturally occurring and air stable van der Waals heterostructure (composed of alternating SnS2-like and PbS-like layers stacked on top of each other). Presenting both an attractive narrow bandgap (<0.7 eV) and p-type doping, we find that the material can be exfoliated both mechanically and chemically down to few-layer thicknesses. We present extensive theoretical and experimental characterizations of the material's electronic properties and crystal structure, and explore applications for near-infrared photodetectors.

  17. Franckeite as a naturally occurring van der Waals heterostructure

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    Molina-Mendoza, Aday J.; Giovanelli, Emerson; Paz, Wendel S.; Niño, Miguel Angel; Island, Joshua O.; Evangeli, Charalambos; Aballe, Lucía; Foerster, Michael; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino; Agraït, Nicolás; Palacios, J. J.; Pérez, Emilio M.; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2017-01-01

    The fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures, artificial materials assembled by individual stacking of 2D layers, is among the most promising directions in 2D materials research. Until now, the most widespread approach to stack 2D layers relies on deterministic placement methods, which are cumbersome and tend to suffer from poor control over the lattice orientations and the presence of unwanted interlayer adsorbates. Here, we present a different approach to fabricate ultrathin heterostructures by exfoliation of bulk franckeite which is a naturally occurring and air stable van der Waals heterostructure (composed of alternating SnS2-like and PbS-like layers stacked on top of each other). Presenting both an attractive narrow bandgap (<0.7 eV) and p-type doping, we find that the material can be exfoliated both mechanically and chemically down to few-layer thicknesses. We present extensive theoretical and experimental characterizations of the material's electronic properties and crystal structure, and explore applications for near-infrared photodetectors. PMID:28194037

  18. Spooky correlations and unusual van der Waals forces between gapless and near-gapless molecules.

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    Dobson, John F; Savin, Andreas; Ángyán, János G; Liu, Ru-Fen

    2016-11-28

    We consider the zero-temperature van der Waals (vdW) interaction between two molecules, each of which has a zero or near-zero electronic gap between a ground state and the first excited state, using a toy model molecule (equilateral H3) as an example. We show that the van der Waals energy between two ground state molecules falls off as D(-3) instead of the usual D(-6) dependence, when the molecules are separated by distance D. We show that this is caused by a perfect "spooky" correlation between the two fluctuating electric dipoles. The phenomenon is related to, but not the same as, the "resonant" interaction between an electronically excited and a ground state molecule introduced by Eisenschitz and London in 1930. It is also an example of "type C van der Waals non-additivity" recently introduced by one of us [J. F. Dobson, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 114, 1157 (2014)]. Our toy molecule H3 is not stable, but symmetry considerations suggest that a similar vdW phenomenon may be observable, despite Jahn-Teller effects, in molecules with a discrete rotational symmetry and broken inversion symmetry, such as certain metal atom clusters. The motion of the nuclei will need to be included for a definitive analysis of such cases, however.

  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

    2016-06-01

    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.

  20. 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

  1. Spooky correlations and unusual van der Waals forces between gapless and near-gapless molecules

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    Dobson, John F.; Savin, Andreas; Ángyán, János G.; Liu, Ru-Fen

    2016-11-01

    We consider the zero-temperature van der Waals (vdW) interaction between two molecules, each of which has a zero or near-zero electronic gap between a ground state and the first excited state, using a toy model molecule (equilateral H3) as an example. We show that the van der Waals energy between two ground state molecules falls off as D-3 instead of the usual D-6 dependence, when the molecules are separated by distance D. We show that this is caused by a perfect "spooky" correlation between the two fluctuating electric dipoles. The phenomenon is related to, but not the same as, the "resonant" interaction between an electronically excited and a ground state molecule introduced by Eisenschitz and London in 1930. It is also an example of "type C van der Waals non-additivity" recently introduced by one of us [J. F. Dobson, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 114, 1157 (2014)]. Our toy molecule H3 is not stable, but symmetry considerations suggest that a similar vdW phenomenon may be observable, despite Jahn-Teller effects, in molecules with a discrete rotational symmetry and broken inversion symmetry, such as certain metal atom clusters. The motion of the nuclei will need to be included for a definitive analysis of such cases, however.

  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

    2015-11-04

    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.

  3. Improved description of soft layered materials with van der Waals density functional theory.

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    Graziano, Gabriella; Klimeš, Jiří; Fernandez-Alonso, Felix; Michaelides, Angelos

    2012-10-24

    The accurate description of van der Waals forces within density functional theory is currently one of the most active areas of research in computational physics and chemistry. Here we report results on the structural and energetic properties of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride, two layered materials where interlayer binding is dominated by van der Waals forces. Results from several density functionals are reported, including the optimized Becke88 van der Waals (optB88-vdW) and the optimized PBE van der Waals (optPBE-vdW) (Klimeš et al 2010 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22 022201) functionals. Where comparison to experiment and higher-level theory is possible, the results obtained from the two new van der Waals density functionals are in good agreement. An analysis of the physical nature of the interlayer binding in both graphite and hexagonal boron nitride is also reported.

  4. Van der Waals equation of state revisited: importance of the dispersion correction.

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    de Visser, Sam P

    2011-04-28

    One of the most basic equations of state describing nonideal gases and liquids is the van der Waals equation of state, and as a consequence, it is generally taught in most first year undergraduate chemistry courses. In this work, we show that the constants a and b in the van der Waals equation of state are linearly proportional to the polarizability volume of the molecules in a gas or liquid. Using this information, a new thermodynamic one-parameter equation of state is derived that contains experimentally measurable variables and physics constants only. This is the first equation of state apart from the Ideal Gas Law that contains experimentally measurable variables and physics constants only, and as such, it may be a very useful and practical equation for the description of dilute gases and liquids. The modified van der Waals equation of state describes pV as the sum of repulsive and attractive intermolecular interaction energies that are represented by an exponential repulsion function between the electron clouds of the molecules and a London dispersion component, respectively. The newly derived equation of state is tested against experimental data for several gas and liquid examples, and the agreement is satisfactory. The description of the equation of state as a one-parameter function also has implications on other thermodynamic functions, such as critical parameters, virial coefficients, and isothermal compressibilities. Using our modified van der Waals equation of state, we show that all of these properties are a function of the molecular polarizability volume. Correlations of experimental data confirm the derived proportionalities.

  5. 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.

  6. Periodic potentials in hybrid van der Waals heterostructures formed by supramolecular lattices on graphene

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    Gobbi, Marco; Bonacchi, Sara; Lian, Jian X.; Liu, Yi; Wang, Xiao-Ye; Stoeckel, Marc-Antoine; Squillaci, Marco A.; D'Avino, Gabriele; Narita, Akimitsu; Müllen, Klaus; Feng, Xinliang; Olivier, Yoann; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo; Orgiu, Emanuele

    2017-01-01

    The rise of 2D materials made it possible to form heterostructures held together by weak interplanar van der Waals interactions. Within such van der Waals heterostructures, the occurrence of 2D periodic potentials significantly modifies the electronic structure of single sheets within the stack, therefore modulating the material properties. However, these periodic potentials are determined by the mechanical alignment of adjacent 2D materials, which is cumbersome and time-consuming. Here we show that programmable 1D periodic potentials extending over areas exceeding 104 nm2 and stable at ambient conditions arise when graphene is covered by a self-assembled supramolecular lattice. The amplitude and sign of the potential can be modified without altering its periodicity by employing photoreactive molecules or their reaction products. In this regard, the supramolecular lattice/graphene bilayer represents the hybrid analogue of fully inorganic van der Waals heterostructures, highlighting the rich prospects that molecular design offers to create ad hoc materials. PMID:28322229

  7. Semi-empirical correlation for binary interaction parameters of the Peng–Robinson equation of state with the van der Waals mixing rules for the prediction of high-pressure vapor–liquid equilibrium

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    Fateen, Seif-Eddeen K.; Khalil, Menna M.; Elnabawy, Ahmed O.

    2012-01-01

    Peng–Robinson equation of state is widely used with the classical van der Waals mixing rules to predict vapor liquid equilibria for systems containing hydrocarbons and related compounds. This model requires good values of the binary interaction parameter kij. In this work, we developed a semi-empirical correlation for kij partly based on the Huron–Vidal mixing rules. We obtained values for the adjustable parameters of the developed formula for over 60 binary systems and over 10 categories of components. The predictions of the new equation system were slightly better than the constant-kij model in most cases, except for 10 systems whose predictions were considerably improved with the new correlation. PMID:25685411

  8. Semi-empirical correlation for binary interaction parameters of the Peng-Robinson equation of state with the van der Waals mixing rules for the prediction of high-pressure vapor-liquid equilibrium.

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    Fateen, Seif-Eddeen K; Khalil, Menna M; Elnabawy, Ahmed O

    2013-03-01

    Peng-Robinson equation of state is widely used with the classical van der Waals mixing rules to predict vapor liquid equilibria for systems containing hydrocarbons and related compounds. This model requires good values of the binary interaction parameter kij . In this work, we developed a semi-empirical correlation for kij partly based on the Huron-Vidal mixing rules. We obtained values for the adjustable parameters of the developed formula for over 60 binary systems and over 10 categories of components. The predictions of the new equation system were slightly better than the constant-kij model in most cases, except for 10 systems whose predictions were considerably improved with the new correlation.

  9. Empirical evaluation of attractive van der Waals potentials for type-purified single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Hobbie, Erik K.; Ihle, Thomas; Harris, John M.; Semler, Matthew R.

    2012-06-01

    van der Waals forces play a critical role in the structure and stability of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) materials. Thin films assembled from SWCNTs purified by electronic type show particular promise for flexible electronics applications, but mechanical durability remains an unresolved issue. Using transition resonances determined from spectroscopic measurements of type-purified SWCNTs deposited on quartz, coupled with analogous spectroscopic characterization of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates, we use the Lifshitz theory of van der Waals dispersion interactions developed by Rajter and co-workers [Rajter , Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.76.045417 76, 045417 (2007)] to examine the influence of electronic type on van der Waals contact potentials in polymer-supported nanotube networks. Our results suggest a significantly stronger nanotube-nanotube and nanotube-polymer attraction for the semiconducting SWCNT fractions, consistent with recent measurements of the electronic durability of flexible transparent SWCNT coatings.

  10. Image method in the calculation of the van der Waals force between an atom and a conducting surface

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

    2013-05-01

    After a brief survey of van der Waals forces, we review a method recently proposed by Eberlein and Zietal to compute the dispersion van der Waals interaction between a neutral but polarizable atom and a perfectly conducting surface of arbitrary shape. This method has the advantage of relating the quantum problem to a corresponding classical one in electrostatics in an enlightening way so that all one needs is to compute an appropriate Green function. We show how the image method of electrostatics can be conveniently used together with the Eberlein and Zietal method (when the image solution is known). We then illustrate this method in some simple but important cases, including the atom-sphere system. Finally, we present an original result for the van der Waals force between an atom and a boss hat made of a grounded conducting material.

  11. 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

  12. SCF, IEPA, PNOCI, and CEPA2-PNO analysis of the anisotropy of (H2)2 interaction near the minimum in the van der Waals interaction

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    Burton, Peter G.; Senff, Ulrich E.

    1983-07-01

    The nature of the anisotropy of the H2-H2 interaction is investigated in some detail. The electron correlation effects and their influence toward the anisotropy of the (H2) dimer interaction are discussed in some detail. (AIP)

  13. Renormalization and Universality of Van der Waals forces

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    Ruiz Arriola, Enrique; Calle Cordón, Alvaro

    2010-04-01

    Renormalization ideas can profitably be exploited in conjunction with the superposition principle of boundary conditions in the description of model independent and universal scaling features of the singular and long range Van der Waals force between neutral atoms. The dominance of the leading power law is highlighted both in the scattering as well as in the bound state problem. The role of off-shell two-body unitarity and causality within the Effective Field Theory framework on the light of universality and scaling at low energies is analyzed. Presented by E. Ruiz Arriola at 19th International IUPAP Conference On Few-Body Problems In Physics (FB 19) 31 Aug - 5 Sep 2009, Bonn, Germany

  14. 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.

  15. General van der Waals potential for common organic molecules.

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    Qi, Rui; Wang, Qiantao; Ren, Pengyu

    2016-10-15

    This work presents a systematic development of a new van der Waals potential (vdW2016) for common organic molecules based on symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) energy decomposition. The Buf-14-7 function, as well as Cubic-mean and Waldman-Hagler mixing rules were chosen given their best performance among other popular potentials. A database containing 39 organic molecules and 108 dimers was utilized to derive a general set of vdW parameters, which were further validated on nucleobase stacking systems and testing organic dimers. The vdW2016 potential is anticipated to significantly improve the accuracy and transferability of new generations of force fields for organic molecules.

  16. Extended version of the van der Waals capillarity theory.

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    Baidakov, V G; Boltachev, G Sh

    2004-11-01

    An extended version of the van der Waals capillarity theory describing the liquid-vapor interface in the temperature range from the triple to the critical point is suggested. A model functional of thermodynamic potential for a two-phase Lennard-Jones system taking into account the effect of the highest degree terms of gradient expansion has been constructed. The identity of the thermodynamic and the mechanical definition of Tolman's length has been proved in the framework of the adopted form of functional. The properties of nuclei of the liquid and the vapor phase are described. The paper determines: the work of formation of a nucleus, density profiles, size dependences of the surface tension, and the parameter delta in the Gibbs-Tolman-Koenig-Buff equation.

  17. 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.

  18. Thermohydrodynamics of boiling in a van der Waals fluid.

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    Laurila, T; Carlson, A; Do-Quang, M; Ala-Nissila, T; Amberg, G

    2012-02-01

    We present a modeling approach that enables numerical simulations of a boiling Van der Waals fluid based on the diffuse interface description. A boundary condition is implemented that allows in and out flux of mass at constant external pressure. In addition, a boundary condition for controlled wetting properties of the boiling surface is also proposed. We present isothermal verification cases for each element of our modeling approach. By using these two boundary conditions we are able to numerically access a system that contains the essential physics of the boiling process at microscopic scales. Evolution of bubbles under film boiling and nucleate boiling conditions are observed by varying boiling surface wettability. We observe flow patters around the three-phase contact line where the phase change is greatest. For a hydrophilic boiling surface, a complex flow pattern consistent with vapor recoil theory is observed.

  19. {InSe}/{GaSe} heterointerfaces prepared by Van der Waals epitaxy

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    Lang, O.; Klein, A.; Schlaf, R.; Löher, T.; Pettenkofer, C.; Jaegermann, W.; Chevy, A.

    1995-01-01

    Epitaxial films of layered substrates can be prepared onto layered substrates even for large lattice mismatch, when the growth is attempted with the Van der Waals surfaces opposing each other (Van der Waals epitaxy). Thin epitaxial InSe(GaSe) films are prepared onto ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) cleaved GaSe(InSe) Van der Waals (0001) surfaces. The films and the heterointerface are characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy, electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). High quality and stoichiometric films are obtained by direct InSe(GaSe) evaporation from a Knudsen cell at sample temperatures between 520 and 620 K. Despite a 6% lattice mismatch the deposited films are oriented with their c- and α-axis to the hexagonal substrate. The growth mostly follows the Frank-Van der Merwe mode. This rather ideal growth behaviour is related to the specific properties of the Van der Waals plane which contains no dangling bonds.

  20. van der Waals force between positronium and hydrogenic atoms Finite-mass corrections

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    Au, C. K.; Drachman, R. J.

    1986-01-01

    The Feshbach projection-operator formalism is used to derive the asymptotic effective interaction potential between two atoms. Beyond the usual van der Waals potential, falling like x exp -6, three x exp -8 terms are also obtained: an attractive dipole-quadrupole term (absent in the positronium-positronium case because of symmetry), a repulsive energy-dependent term, and a repulsive mass-dependent but energy-independent one. This last term was not obtained by Manson and Ritchie (1985) using an independent method.

  1. van der Waals screening by single-layer graphene and molybdenum disulfide.

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    Tsoi, Stanislav; Dev, Pratibha; Friedman, Adam L; Stine, Rory; Robinson, Jeremy T; Reinecke, Thomas L; Sheehan, Paul E

    2014-12-23

    A sharp tip of atomic force microscope is employed to probe van der Waals forces of a silicon oxide substrate with adhered graphene. Experimental results obtained in the range of distances from 3 to 20 nm indicate that single-, double-, and triple-layer graphenes screen the van der Waals forces of the substrate. Fluorination of graphene, which makes it electrically insulating, lifts the screening in the single-layer graphene. The van der Waals force from graphene determined per layer decreases with the number of layers. In addition, increased hole doping of graphene increases the force. Finally, we also demonstrate screening of the van der Waals forces of the silicon oxide substrate by single- and double-layer molybdenum disulfide.

  2. High broad-band photoresponsivity of mechanically formed InSe-graphene van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Mudd, Garry W; Svatek, Simon A; Hague, Lee; Makarovsky, Oleg; Kudrynskyi, Zakhar R; Mellor, Christopher J; Beton, Peter H; Eaves, Laurence; Novoselov, Kostya S; Kovalyuk, Zakhar D; Vdovin, Evgeny E; Marsden, Alex J; Wilson, Neil R; Patanè, Amalia

    2015-07-01

    High broad-band photoresponsivity of mechanically formed InSe-graphene van der Waals heterostructures is achieved by exploiting the broad-band transparency of graphene, the direct bandgap of InSe, and the favorable band line up of InSe with graphene. The photoresponsivity exceeds that for other van der Waals heterostructures and the spectral response extends from the near-infrared to the visible spectrum.

  3. Graphene Substrate for van der Waals Epitaxy of Layer-Structured Bismuth Antimony Telluride Thermoelectric Film.

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    Kim, Eun Sung; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Ohta, Hiromichi; Lee, Young Hee; Kim, Sung Wng

    2017-02-01

    Graphene as a substrate for the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D layered materials is utilized for the epitaxial growth of a layer-structured thermoelectric film. Van der Waals epitaxial Bi0.5 Sb1.5 Te3 film on graphene synthesized via a simple and scalable fabrication method exhibits good crystallinity and high thermoelectric transport properties comparable to single crystals.

  4. 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; ...

    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

  5. Thermionic Energy Conversion Based on Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Liang, Shi-Jun; Liu, Bo; Hu, Wei; Zhou, Kun; Ang, L. K.

    2017-01-01

    Seeking for thermoelectric (TE) materials with high figure of merit (or ZT), which can directly converts low-grade wasted heat (400 to 500 K) into electricity, has been a big challenge. Inspired by the concept of multilayer thermionic devices, we propose and design a solid-state thermionic devices (as a power generator or a refrigerator) in using van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure sandwiched between two graphene electrodes, to achieve high energy conversion efficiency in the temperature range of 400 to 500 K. The vdW heterostructure is composed of suitable multiple layers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), such as MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2. From our calculations, WSe2 and MoSe2 are identified as two ideal TMDs (using the reported experimental material’s properties), which can harvest waste heat at 400 K with efficiencies about 7% to 8%. To our best knowledge, this design is the first in combining the advantages of graphene electrodes and TMDs to function as a thermionic-based device. PMID:28387363

  6. 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

  7. 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

    2012-07-07

    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.

  8. Self-consistent van der Waals density functional: Development and Applications

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    Cooper, Valentino

    2008-03-01

    The inability of density functional theory (DFT), with standard exchange-correlation functionals, to correctly describe van der Waals/dispersion (vdW) interactions has severely limited its applicability to sparsely packed systems, such as organic and biological molecules. Numerous attempts have been made to correct these deficiencies; however, many of them either require extensive reparameterization for each new situation or scale poorly with system size. In this paper, I will discuss the development and implementation of an exchange-correlation functional which correctly incorporates non-local vdW interactions within DFT (vdW-DF)ootnotetextM. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schröder, B. I. Lundqvist and D. C. Langreth, Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, 246401 (2004). In addition, I will present our recent development of the corresponding exchange- correlation potential (Vxc)ootnotetextT. Thonhauser, V. R. Cooper, S. Li, A. Puzder, P. Hyldgaard, and David C. Langreth, Phys. Rev. B, 76, 125112 (2007). The Vxc gives us the ability to compute Hellmann-Feynman forces, allowing for structural relaxations and molecular dynamics simulation. Using the Vxc I will examine the nature of the van der Waals bond between molecules. Finally, to demonstrate the power of the vdW-DF, I will discuss our relatively large scale application of the functional to study the influence of stacking interactions on the structure and stability of DNA. Here, I will show how these interactions are crucial for defining the twist and base pair separation in DNA and how methyl-nucleobase and methyl-methyl interactions give additional stability to DNA.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Discriminating short-range from van der Waals forces using total force data in noncontact atomic force microscopy

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    Kuhn, Stefan; Rahe, Philipp

    2014-06-01

    Noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) features the measurement of forces with highest spatial resolution and sensitivity, resolving forces of the order of pico-Newtons with submolecular resolution. However, the measured total force is a mixture composed of various interactions. While some interactions such as electrostatic or magnetic forces can be excluded by a careful design of the experiment, the subtraction of van der Waals forces, which mainly originate from London dispersion interactions between the macroscopic tip shank and the bulk sample, remains a challenge. We present the determination of the inherently present van der Waals forces in total interaction force data from fitting a suitable model, allowing for extraction of the short-range force component. We compare the applicability of several van der Waals models based on experimental interaction data from the calcite(101¯4) surface. The feasibility to fit these models to experimental data is critically discussed. We furthermore introduce criteria to assess the transition point from pure long-range interaction to mixed short- and long-range forces based on the variance of lateral and vertical force data. This determination allows us to extract the short-range interaction forces, which remained a challenge so far in NC-AFM experiments.

  12. van der Waals forces in density functional theory: a review of the vdW-DF method

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

    2015-06-01

    A density functional theory (DFT) that accounts for van der Waals (vdW) interactions in condensed matter, materials physics, chemistry, and biology is reviewed. The insights that led to the construction of the Rutgers-Chalmers van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) are presented with the aim of giving a historical perspective, while also emphasizing more recent efforts which have sought to improve its accuracy. In addition to technical details, we discuss a range of recent applications that illustrate the necessity of including dispersion interactions in DFT. This review highlights the value of the vdW-DF method as a general-purpose method, not only for dispersion bound systems, but also in densely packed systems where these types of interactions are traditionally thought to be negligible.

  13. van der Waals forces in density functional theory: a review of the vdW-DF method

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    Berland, Kristian; Cooper, Valentino R.; Lee, Kyuho; ...

    2015-05-15

    We review a density functional theory (DFT) that accounts for van der Waals (vdW) interactions in condensed matter, materials physics, chemistry, and biology. The insights that led to the construction of the Rutgers–Chalmers van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) are presented with the aim of giving a historical perspective, while also emphasizing more recent efforts which have sought to improve its accuracy. In addition to technical details, we discuss a range of recent applications that illustrate the necessity of including dispersion interactions in DFT. This review highlights the value of the vdW-DF method as a general-purpose method, not only formore » dispersion bound systems, but also in densely packed systems where these types of interactions are traditionally thought to be negligible.« less

  14. van der Waals forces in density functional theory: a review of the vdW-DF method

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

    2015-05-15

    We review a density functional theory (DFT) that accounts for van der Waals (vdW) interactions in condensed matter, materials physics, chemistry, and biology. The insights that led to the construction of the Rutgers–Chalmers van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) are presented with the aim of giving a historical perspective, while also emphasizing more recent efforts which have sought to improve its accuracy. In addition to technical details, we discuss a range of recent applications that illustrate the necessity of including dispersion interactions in DFT. This review highlights the value of the vdW-DF method as a general-purpose method, not only for dispersion bound systems, but also in densely packed systems where these types of interactions are traditionally thought to be negligible.

  15. Clamping instability and van der Waals forces in carbon nanotube mechanical resonators.

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    Aykol, Mehmet; Hou, Bingya; Dhall, Rohan; Chang, Shun-Wen; Branham, William; Qiu, Jing; Cronin, Stephen B

    2014-05-14

    We investigate the role of weak clamping forces, typically assumed to be infinite, in carbon nanotube mechanical resonators. Due to these forces, we observe a hysteretic clamping and unclamping of the nanotube device that results in a discrete drop in the mechanical resonance frequency on the order of 5-20 MHz, when the temperature is cycled between 340 and 375 K. This instability in the resonant frequency results from the nanotube unpinning from the electrode/trench sidewall where it is bound weakly by van der Waals forces. Interestingly, this unpinning does not affect the Q-factor of the resonance, since the clamping is still governed by van der Waals forces above and below the unpinning. For a 1 μm device, the drop observed in resonance frequency corresponds to a change in nanotube length of approximately 50-65 nm. On the basis of these findings, we introduce a new model, which includes a finite tension around zero gate voltage due to van der Waals forces and shows better agreement with the experimental data than the perfect clamping model. From the gate dependence of the mechanical resonance frequency, we extract the van der Waals clamping force to be 1.8 pN. The mechanical resonance frequency exhibits a striking temperature dependence below 200 K attributed to a temperature-dependent slack arising from the competition between the van der Waals force and the thermal fluctuations in the suspended nanotube.

  16. Colossal terahertz nonlinearity of tunneling van der Waals gap (Conference Presentation)

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    Bahk, Young-Mi; Kang, Bong Joo; Kim, Yong Seung; Kim, Joon-Yeon; Kim, Won Tae; Kim, Tae Yun; Kang, Taehee; Rhie, Ji Yeah; Han, Sanghoon; Park, Cheol-Hwan; Rotermund, Fabian; Kim, Dai-Sik

    2016-09-01

    We manufactured an array of three angstrom-wide, five millimeter-long van der Waals gaps of copper-graphene-copper composite, in which unprecedented nonlinearity was observed. To probe and manipulate van der Waals gaps with long wavelength electromagnetic waves such as terahertz waves, one is required to fabricate vertically oriented van der Waals gaps sandwiched between two metal planes with an infinite length in the sense of being much larger than any of the wavelengths used. By comparison with the simple vertical stacking of metal-graphene-metal structure, in our structure, background signals are completely blocked enabling all the light to squeeze through the gap without any strays. When the angstrom-sized van der Waals gaps are irradiated with intense terahertz pulses, the transient voltage across the gap reaches up to 5 V with saturation, sufficiently strong to deform the quantum barrier of angstrom gaps. The large transient potential difference across the gap facilitates electron tunneling through the quantum barrier, blocking terahertz waves completely. This negative feedback of electron tunneling leads to colossal nonlinear optical response, a 97% decrease in the normalized transmittance. Our technology for infinitely long van der Waals gaps can be utilized for other atomically thin materials than single layer graphene, enabling linear and nonlinear angstrom optics in a broad spectral range.

  17. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; Liang, Liangbo; West, Damien; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Shengbai

    2016-05-10

    The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface. Application to the MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiments, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.

  18. Electron transfer and coupling in graphene-tungsten disulfide van der Waals heterostructures.

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    He, Jiaqi; Kumar, Nardeep; Bellus, Matthew Z; Chiu, Hsin-Ying; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng; Zhao, Hui

    2014-11-25

    The newly discovered two-dimensional materials can be used to form atomically thin and sharp van der Waals heterostructures with nearly perfect interface qualities, which can transform the science and technology of semiconductor heterostructures. Owing to the weak van der Waals interlayer coupling, the electronic states of participating materials remain largely unchanged. Hence, emergent properties of these structures rely on two key elements: electron transfer across the interface and interlayer coupling. Here we show, using graphene-tungsten disulfide heterostructures as an example, evidence of ultrafast and highly efficient interlayer electron transfer and strong interlayer coupling and control. We find that photocarriers injected in tungsten disulfide transfer to graphene in 1 ps and with near-unity efficiency. We also demonstrate that optical properties of tungsten disulfide can be effectively tuned by carriers in graphene. These findings illustrate basic processes required for using van der Waals heterostructures in electronics and photonics.

  19. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; Liang, Liangbo; West, Damien; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Shengbai

    2016-01-01

    The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface. Application to the MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiments, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs. PMID:27160484

  20. Tunable phonon polaritons in atomically thin van der Waals crystals of boron nitride.

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    Dai, S; Fei, Z; Ma, Q; Rodin, A S; Wagner, M; McLeod, A S; Liu, M K; Gannett, W; Regan, W; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Thiemens, M; Dominguez, G; Castro Neto, A H; Zettl, A; Keilmann, F; Jarillo-Herrero, P; Fogler, M M; Basov, D N

    2014-03-07

    van der Waals heterostructures assembled from atomically thin crystalline layers of diverse two-dimensional solids are emerging as a new paradigm in the physics of materials. We used infrared nanoimaging to study the properties of surface phonon polaritons in a representative van der Waals crystal, hexagonal boron nitride. We launched, detected, and imaged the polaritonic waves in real space and altered their wavelength by varying the number of crystal layers in our specimens. The measured dispersion of polaritonic waves was shown to be governed by the crystal thickness according to a scaling law that persists down to a few atomic layers. Our results are likely to hold true in other polar van der Waals crystals and may lead to new functionalities.

  1. Chemical sensing by band modulation of a black phosphorus/molybdenum diselenide van der Waals hetero-structure

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    Feng, Zhihong; Chen, Buyun; Qian, Shuangbei; Xu, Linyan; Feng, Liefeng; Yu, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Rui; Chen, Jiancui; Li, Qianqian; Li, Quanning; Sun, Chongling; Zhang, Hao; Liu, Jing; Pang, Wei; Zhang, Daihua

    2016-09-01

    We report on a new chemical sensor based on black phosphorus/molybdenum diselenide van der Waals hetero-junctions. Due to the atomically thin nature of two-dimensional (2D) materials, surface adsorption of gas molecules can effectively modulate the band alignment at the junction interface, making the device a highly sensitive detector for chemical adsorptions. Compared to sensors made of homogeneous nanomaterials, the hetero-junction demonstrates considerably lower detection limit and higher sensitivity toward nitrogen dioxide. Kelvin probe force microscopy and finite element simulations have provided experimental and theoretical explanations for the enhanced performance, proving that chemical adsorption can induce significant changes in band alignment and carrier transport behaviors. The study demonstrates the potential of van der Waals hetero-junction as a new platform for sensing applications, and provides more insights into the interaction between gaseous molecules and 2D hetero-structures.

  2. A fully consistent spin formalism for the nonempirical van der Waals density functional vdW-DF

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    Thonhauser, T.; Zuluaga, S.; Arter, C.; Berland, K.; Schröder, E.; Hyldgaard, P.

    We present a proper nonempirical spin-density formalism for the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method. We show that this generalization, termed svdW-DF, is firmly rooted in the single-particle nature of exchange and we test it on a range of spin systems. We investigate in detail the role of spin in the van der Waals driven adsorption of H2 and CO2 in the linear magnets Mn-MOF74, Fe-MOF74, Co-MOF74, and Ni-MOF74. In all cases, we find that spin plays a significant role during the adsorption process despite the general weakness of the molecular-magnetic responses. The case of CO2 adsorption in Ni-MOF74 is particularly interesting, as the inclusion of spin effects results in an increased attraction, opposite to what the diamagnetic nature of CO2 would suggest. We explain this counter-intuitive result, tracking the behavior to a coincidental hybridization of the O p states with the Ni d states in the down-spin channel. More generally, by providing insight on van der Waals interactions in concert with spin effects, our nonempirical svdW-DF method opens the door for a deeper understanding of weak nonlocal magnetic interactions. Work supported by DOE DE-FG02-08ER46491 and NSF DMR-1145968.

  3. Near-Unity Absorption in van der Waals Semiconductors for Ultrathin Optoelectronics.

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    Jariwala, Deep; Davoyan, Artur R; Tagliabue, Giulia; Sherrott, Michelle C; Wong, Joeson; Atwater, Harry A

    2016-09-14

    We demonstrate near-unity, broadband absorbing optoelectronic devices using sub-15 nm thick transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) of molybdenum and tungsten as van der Waals semiconductor active layers. Specifically, we report that near-unity light absorption is possible in extremely thin (<15 nm) van der Waals semiconductor structures by coupling to strongly damped optical modes of semiconductor/metal heterostructures. We further fabricate Schottky junction devices using these highly absorbing heterostructures and characterize their optoelectronic performance. Our work addresses one of the key criteria to enable TMDCs as potential candidates to achieve high optoelectronic efficiency.

  4. van der Waals equation of state for a fluid in a nanopore.

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    Zarragoicoechea, Guillermo J; Kuz, Víctor A

    2002-02-01

    A generalization of the van der Waals equation of state is presented for a confined fluid in a nanopore. The pressure in the fluid, confined in a narrow pore of infinite length, has tensorial character. From this hypothesis, the Helmholtz free energy is constructed and expressions for the axial and transversal components of the pressure tensor are obtained. The equations predict liquid-vapor equilibria, and a shift of the critical point with respect to that obtained from the van der Waals bulk equation. The results are in good agreement with recent experiments.

  5. Van der Waals-coupled electronic states in incommensurate double-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Liu, Kaihui; Jin, Chenhao; Hong, Xiaoping; Kim, Jihoon; Zettl, Alex; Wang, Enge; Wang, Feng

    2014-10-01

    Non-commensurate two-dimensional materials such as a twisted graphene bilayer or graphene on boron nitride, consisting of components that have no finite common unit cell, exhibit emerging moiré physics such as novel Van Hove singularities, Fermi velocity renormalization, mini Dirac points and Hofstadter butterflies. Here we use double-walled carbon nanotubes as a model system for probing moiré physics in incommensurate one-dimensional systems, by combining structural and optical characterizations. We show that electron wavefunctions between incommensurate inner- and outer-wall nanotubes can hybridize strongly, contrary to the conventional wisdom of negligible electron hybridization due to destructive interference. The chirality-dependent inter-tube electronic coupling is described by one-dimensional zone folding of the electronic structure of twisted-and-stretched graphene bilayers. Our results demonstrate that incommensurate van der Waals interactions can be important for engineering the electronic structure and optical properties of one-dimensional materials.

  6. The development of two dimensional group IV chalcogenides, blocks for van der Waals heterostructures

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    Sa, Baisheng; Sun, Zhimei; Wu, Bo

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we introduce a series of two dimensional (2D) group IV chalcogenides (AX)2 with the building block X-A-A-X (A = Si, Ge, Sn, and Pb, and X = Se and Te) on the basis of ab initio calculations. The analysis of energy evaluation, lattice vibration as well as the chemical bonding demonstrate the good stability of these 2D materials. Furthermore, the pictures for the chemical bonding and electronic features of the 2D (AX)2 are drawn. Their narrow gapped semiconducting nature is unraveled. Especially, strong interactions between the electrons and phonons as well as the topological insulating nature in (SiTe)2 are observed. The present results indicate that such remarkable artificial 2D (AX)2 are building blocks for van der Waals heterostructure engineering, which shows potential applications in nanoscaled electronics and optoelectronics.

  7. Tuning the Schottky barrier in the arsenene/graphene van der Waals heterostructures by electric field

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Tian-Xing; Dai, Xian-Qi; Wang, Xiao-Long; Ma, Ya-Qiang; Chang, Shan-Shan; Tang, Ya-Nan

    2017-04-01

    Using density functional theory calculations, we investigate the electronic properties of arsenene/graphene van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures by applying external electric field perpendicular to the layers. It is demonstrated that weak vdW interactions dominate between arsenene and graphene with their intrinsic electronic properties preserved. We find that an n-type Schottky contact is formed at the arsenene/graphene interface with a Schottky barrier of 0.54 eV. Moreover, the vertical electric field can not only control the Schottky barrier height but also the Schottky contacts (n-type and p-type) and Ohmic contacts (n-type) at the interface. Tunable p-type doping in graphene is achieved under the negative electric field because electrons can transfer from the Dirac point of graphene to the conduction band of arsenene. The present study would open a new avenue for application of ultrathin arsenene/graphene heterostructures in future nano- and optoelectronics.

  8. Improving the accuracy of the nonlocal van der Waals density functional with minimal empiricism.

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    Vydrov, Oleg A; Van Voorhis, Troy

    2009-03-14

    The nonlocal van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) captures the essential physics of the dispersion interaction not only in the asymptotic regime but also for a general case of overlapping fragment densities. A balanced treatment of other energetic contributions, such as exchange, is crucial if we aim for accurate description of various properties of weakly bound systems. In this paper, the vdW-DF correlation functional is modified to make it better compatible with accurate exchange functionals. We suggest a slightly simplified construction of the nonlocal correlation, yielding more accurate asymptotic C(6) coefficients. We also derive a gradient correction, containing a parameter that can be adjusted to suit an exchange functional of choice. We devise a particularly apt combination of exchange and correlation terms, which satisfies many important constraints and performs well for our benchmark tests.

  9. Microwave Observation of the Van Der Waals Complex O_2-CO

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    Marshall, Frank E.; Persinger, Thomas D.; Gillcrist, David Joseph; Moon, Nicole; Ndengue, Steve Alexandre; Dawes, Richard; Grubbs, G. S., II

    2016-06-01

    FTMW spectroscopy has long been known to be a powerful tool in characterizing van der Waals complexes. Along with this, advances in microwave technology and computing have made complicated spin-interaction systems much easier to observe and characterize. One such system, O_2-CO has been observed for the first time on a CP-FTMW spectrometer operational in the 6-18 GHz region. Preliminary observations and calculations indicate a slipped-parallel structure. High level calculations are ongoing, including the construction of a 4D potential energy surface. Rotational assignments, along with any observed fine structure due to the ^3Σ ground state of O_2 will be discussed. Stewart Novick, Bibliography of Rotational Spectra of Weakly Bound Complexes

  10. Excitons in van der Waals materials: From monolayer to bulk hexagonal boron nitride

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    Koskelo, Jaakko; Fugallo, Giorgia; Hakala, Mikko; Gatti, Matteo; Sottile, Francesco; Cudazzo, Pierluigi

    2017-01-01

    We present a general picture of the exciton properties of layered materials in terms of the excitations of their single-layer building blocks. To this end, we derive a model excitonic Hamiltonian by drawing an analogy with molecular crystals, which are other prototypical van der Waals materials. We employ this simplified model to analyze in detail the excitation spectrum of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) that we have obtained from the ab initio solution of the many-body Bethe-Salpeter equation as a function of momentum. In this way, we identify the character of the lowest-energy excitons in hBN, discuss the effects of the interlayer hopping and the electron-hole exchange interaction on the exciton dispersion, and illustrate the relation between exciton and plasmon excitations in layered materials.

  11. Self-consistent van der Waals density functional study of benzene adsorption on Si(100)

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    Hamamoto, Yuji; Hamada, Ikutaro; Inagaki, Kouji; Morikawa, Yoshitada

    2016-06-01

    The adsorption of benzene on the Si(100) surface is studied theoretically using the self-consistent van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method. The adsorption energies of two competing adsorption structures, butterfly (BF) and tight-bridge (TB) structures, are calculated with several vdW-DFs at saturation coverage. Our results show that recently proposed vdW-DFs with high accuracy all prefer TB to BF, in accord with more accurate calculations based on exact exchange and correlation within the random-phase approximation. Detailed analyses reveal the important roles played by the molecule-surface interaction and molecular deformation upon adsorption, and we suggest that their precise description is a prerequisite for accurate prediction of the most stable adsorption structure of organic molecules on semiconductor surfaces.

  12. Tunable Schottky contacts in the antimonene/graphene van der Waals heterostructures

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Xinlian; Dai, Xianqi

    2017-03-01

    Electronic structures modulation in the antimonene/graphene van der Waals(vdW) heterostructure with an external electric field(Eext) are investigated by density functional theory calculations. It is demonstrated that weak vdW interactions dominate between antimonene and graphene with their intrinsic electronic properties preserved. Furthermore, the vertical Eext can control not only the Schottky barrier but also the Schottky contacts (n-type and p-type) and Ohmic contacts (n-type) at the antimonene/graphene interface. Meanwhile, the negative Eext can shifts the Dirac point of graphene above the Fermi level, resulting in p-type doping in graphene because electrons can easily transfer from the Dirac point of graphene to the conduction band of antimonene. The present study would open a new avenue for application of ultrathin antimonene/graphene heterostructures in future nano- and optoelectronics.

  13. Experiment and computation: a combined approach to study the van der Waals complexes

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    Surin, L. A.

    2016-12-01

    A review of recent results on the millimetre-wave spectroscopy of weakly bound van der Waals complexes, mostly those which contain H2 and He, is presented. In our work, we compared the experimental spectra to the theoretical bound state results, thus providing a critical test of the quality of the M-H2 and M-He potential energy surfaces (PESs) which are a key issue for reliable computations of the collisional excitation and de-excitation of molecules (M = CO, NH3, H2O) in the dense interstellar medium. The intermolecular interactions with He and H2 play also an important role for high resolution spectroscopy of helium or para-hydrogen clusters doped by a probe molecule (CO, HCN). Such experiments are directed on the detection of superfluid response of molecular rotation in the He and p-H2 clusters.

  14. Excitons in van der Waals heterostructures: The important role of dielectric screening

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    Latini, S.; Olsen, T.; Thygesen, K. S.

    2015-12-01

    The existence of strongly bound excitons is one of the hallmarks of the newly discovered atomically thin semiconductors. While it is understood that the large binding energy is mainly due to the weak dielectric screening in two dimensions, a systematic investigation of the role of screening on two-dimensional (2D) excitons is still lacking. Here we provide a critical assessment of a widely used 2D hydrogenic exciton model, which assumes a dielectric function of the form ɛ (q )=1 +2 π α q , and we develop a quasi-2D model with a much broader applicability. Within the quasi-2D picture, electrons and holes are described as in-plane point charges with a finite extension in the perpendicular direction, and their interaction is screened by a dielectric function with a nonlinear q dependence which is computed ab initio. The screened interaction is used in a generalized Mott-Wannier model to calculate exciton binding energies in both isolated and supported 2D materials. For isolated 2D materials, the quasi-2D treatment yields results almost identical to those of the strict 2D model, and both are in good agreement with ab initio many-body calculations. On the other hand, for more complex structures such as supported layers or layers embedded in a van der Waals heterostructure, the size of the exciton in reciprocal space extends well beyond the linear regime of the dielectric function, and a quasi-2D description has to replace the 2D one. Our methodology has the merit of providing a seamless connection between the strict 2D limit of isolated monolayer materials and the more bulk-like screening characteristics of supported 2D materials or van der Waals heterostructures.

  15. van der Waals forces and confinement in carbon nanopores: Interaction between CH4, COOH, NH3, OH, SH and single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Weck, Philippe F.; Kim, Eunja; Wang, Yifeng

    2016-05-01

    Interactions between CH4, COOH, NH3, OH, SH and armchair (n, n) (n = 4, 7, 14) and zigzag (n, 0) (n = 7, 12, 25) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been systematically investigated within the framework of dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D2). Endohedral and exohedral molecular adsorption on SWCNT walls is energetically unfavorable or weak, despite the use of C6 /r6 pairwise London-dispersion corrections. The effects of pore size and chirality on the molecule/SWCNTs interaction were also assessed. Chemisorption of COOH, NH3, OH and SH at SWCNT edge sites was examined using a H-capped (7, 0) SWCNT fragment and its impact on electrophilic, nucleophilic and radical attacks was predicted by means of Fukui functions.

  16. van der Waals forces and confinement in carbon nanopores: Interaction between CH4, COOH, NH3, OH, SH and single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Weck, Philippe F.; Kim, Eunja; Wang, Yifeng

    2016-04-13

    Interactions between CH4, COOH, NH3, OH, SH and armchair (n,n)(n=4,7,14) and zigzag (n,0)(n=7,12,25) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been systematically investigated within the framework of dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D2). Endohedral and exohedral molecular adsorption on SWCNT walls is energetically unfavorable or weak, despite the use of C6/r6 pairwise London-dispersion corrections. The effects of pore size and chirality on the molecule/SWCNTs interaction were also assessed. Furthermore, chemisorption of COOH, NH3, OH and SH at SWCNT edge sites was examined using a H-capped (7,0) SWCNT fragment and its impact on electrophilic, nucleophilic and radical attacks was predicted by means of Fukuimore » functions.« less

  17. van der Waals interactions and dipole polarizabilities of lanthanides: Tm(2F)-He and Yb(1S)-He potentials.

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    Buchachenko, Alexei A; Szcześniak, Małgorzata M; Chałasiński, Grzegorz

    2006-03-21

    Anisotropic dipole polarizabilities of Tm(2F), Tm+2(2F), and Yb(1S) are calculated using the finite-field multireference averaged quadratic coupled cluster (MR-AQCC) (Tm and Tm+2) and RCCSD(T) (Yb) methods with small-core relativistic pseudopotentials ECP28MWB combined with the augmented ANO basis sets. The lanthanide atoms are strongly polarizable with the scalar part originating from the 6s electrons and the tensorial part from the open 4f shells. The adiabatic interaction potentials 2Sigma+, 2Pi, 2Delta, and 2Phi of Tm(2F)-He and Tm+2(2F)-He were examined by the multireference approaches, multireference configuration interaction and MR-AQCC, using the basis sets designed in the polarizability calculations. A closed-shell lanthanide system Yb(1S)-He was included for comparison. The Tm-He 2Sigma+, 2Pi, 2Delta, and 2Phi interaction potentials are very shallow and nearly degenerate (within 0.01 cm(-1)), with the well depths in the range of 2.35-2.36 cm(-1) at R=6.17 A. The basis-set saturated well depths are expected to be larger by ca. 25%, as estimated using the bond-function augmented basis set. The interactions of lanthanide atoms with He are one order of magnitude less anisotropic than those involving first-row transition metal atoms. The suppression of anisotropy is chiefly attributed to the screening effected by the 6s shell. When these electrons are removed as in the di-cation complex Tm+2(2F)-He, the potentials deepen to a thousand wave number range and their anisotropy is enhanced 500-fold.

  18. Intermolecular dispersion interactions of normal alkanes with rare gas atoms: van der Waals complexes of n-pentane with helium, neon, and argon

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    Balabin, Roman M.

    2008-09-01

    Interaction energies of normal pentane with three rare gas atoms (helium, neon, and argon) were calculated using ab initio methods: the second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2), the fourth-order Møller-Plesset (MP4), and coupled cluster with single and double substitutions with noniterative triple excitation (CCSD(T)) levels of theory. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ were applied. Eight profiles (246 points for each rare gas atom) of potential energy surface (PES) of all-trans (anti-anti) conformation of n-pentane were scanned. Optimal distances for complex formation were found. MP2 interaction energies at the basis set limit were evaluated by three different methods (Feller's, Helgaker's, and Martin's). The MP2 interaction energy at the basis set limit for a global minimum of n-pentane complex with argon was more than 400 cm -1, so formation of a stable complex (at least at low temperature) can be expected. A comparison with previously published data on propane complexes with rare gas atoms (both computational and experimental) was done. The MP4 level of theory was found to be sufficient for a description of C 5H 12 complexes with helium, neon, and argon.

  19. Interaction between n-Alkane Chains:  Applicability of the Empirically Corrected Density Functional Theory for Van der Waals Complexes.

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    Goursot, Annick; Mineva, Tzonka; Kevorkyants, Ruslan; Talbi, Dahbia

    2007-05-01

    The geometries, interaction energies, and vibrational frequencies of a series of n-alkane dimers up to dodecane have been calculated using density functional theory (DFT) augmented with an empirical dispersion energy term (DFT-D). The results obtained from this method for ethane to hexane dimers are compared with those provided by the MP2 level of theory and the combined Gaussian-3 approach with CCSD(T) being the highest correlation method [G3(CCSD(T))]. Two types of dimer isomers have been studied. The most stable isomers have the two carbon chains in parallel planes, whereas the second ones have the two carbon chains in the same plane. Butane is found to be the shortest carbon chain to form dimers with similar properties, that is, a constant average distance between the monomer carbon skeletons, a similar increment per CH2 unit for the dimer interaction energy, and comparable dimer symmetric stretching frequencies. The values and trends obtained from the DFT-D approach agree very well with those obtained from MP2 for the geometries and vibrational frequencies and from the G3(CCSD(T)) method for the energies, validating the use of DFT-D for the study of large hydrocarbon complexes.

  20. Direct observation of interlayer hybridization and Dirac relativistic carriers in graphene/MoS₂ van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Diaz, Horacio Coy; Avila, José; Chen, Chaoyu; Addou, Rafik; Asensio, Maria C; Batzill, Matthias

    2015-02-11

    Artificial heterostructures assembled from van der Waals materials promise to combine materials without the traditional restrictions in heterostructure-growth such as lattice matching conditions and atom interdiffusion. Simple stacking of van der Waals materials with diverse properties would thus enable the fabrication of novel materials or device structures with atomically precise interfaces. Because covalent bonding in these layered materials is limited to molecular planes and the interaction between planes are very weak, only small changes in the electronic structure are expected by stacking these materials on top of each other. Here we prepare interfaces between CVD-grown graphene and MoS2 and report the direct measurement of the electronic structure of such a van der Waals heterostructure by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. While the Dirac cone of graphene remains intact and no significant charge transfer doping is detected, we observe formation of band gaps in the π-band of graphene, away from the Fermi-level, due to hybridization with states from the MoS2 substrate.

  1. Hybrid, Gate-Tunable, van der Waals p-n Heterojunctions from Pentacene and MoS2.

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    Jariwala, Deep; Howell, Sarah L; Chen, Kan-Sheng; Kang, Junmo; Sangwan, Vinod K; Filippone, Stephen A; Turrisi, Riccardo; Marks, Tobin J; Lauhon, Lincoln J; Hersam, Mark C

    2016-01-13

    The recent emergence of a wide variety of two-dimensional (2D) materials has created new opportunities for device concepts and applications. In particular, the availability of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides, in addition to semimetallic graphene and insulating boron nitride, has enabled the fabrication of "all 2D" van der Waals heterostructure devices. Furthermore, the concept of van der Waals heterostructures has the potential to be significantly broadened beyond layered solids. For example, molecular and polymeric organic solids, whose surface atoms possess saturated bonds, are also known to interact via van der Waals forces and thus offer an alternative for scalable integration with 2D materials. Here, we demonstrate the integration of an organic small molecule p-type semiconductor, pentacene, with a 2D n-type semiconductor, MoS2. The resulting p-n heterojunction is gate-tunable and shows asymmetric control over the antiambipolar transfer characteristic. In addition, the pentacene/MoS2 heterojunction exhibits a photovoltaic effect attributable to type II band alignment, which suggests that MoS2 can function as an acceptor in hybrid solar cells.

  2. An exchange-Coulomb model potential energy surface for the Ne-CO interaction. I. Calculation of Ne-CO van der Waals spectra.

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    Dham, Ashok K; McCourt, Frederick R W; Meath, William J

    2009-06-28

    Exchange-Coulomb model potential energy surfaces have been developed for the Ne-CO interaction. The initial model is a three-dimensional potential energy surface based upon computed Heitler-London interaction energies and literature results for the long-range induction and dispersion energies, all as functions of interspecies distance, the orientation of CO relative to the interspecies axis, and the bond length of the CO molecule. Both a rigid-rotor model potential energy surface, obtained by setting the CO bond length equal to its experimental spectroscopic equilibrium value, and a vibrationally averaged model potential energy surface, obtained by averaging the stretching dependence over the ground vibrational motion of the CO molecule, have been constructed from the full data set. Adjustable parameters in each model potential energy surface have been determined through fitting a selected subset of pure rotational transition frequencies calculated for the (20)Ne-(12)C(12)O isotopolog to precisely known experimental values. Both potential energy surfaces provide calculated results for a wide range of available experimental microwave, millimeter-wave, and midinfrared Ne-CO transition frequencies that are generally far superior to those obtained using the best current literature potential energy surfaces. The vibrationally averaged CO ground state potential energy surface, employed together with a potential energy surface obtained from it by replacing the ground vibrational state average of the CO stretching dependence of the potential energy surface by an average over the first excited CO vibrational state, has been found to be particularly useful for computing and/or interpreting mid-IR transition frequencies in the Ne-CO dimer.

  3. {ital Ab initio} study of the van der Waals interaction of NH(X{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup {minus}}) with Ar({sup 1}S)

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    Kendall, R.A. Bukowski, R.; Szczesniak, M.M. Cybulski, S.M.

    1998-02-01

    The potential energy surface for the Ar({sup 1}S)+NH(X{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup {minus}}) interaction is calculated using the supermolecular unrestricted Mo/ller{endash}Plesset (UMP) perturbation theory approach and analyzed via the perturbation theory of intermolecular forces. The global minimum occurs for the approximate T-shaped geometry with Ar skewed toward the H atom at about {Theta}=67{degree} and R=6.75a{sub 0}. Our UMP4 estimate of the well depth of the global minimum is D{sub e}=100.3cm{sup {minus}1} and the related ground state dissociation energy obtained by rigid-body diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations (RBDQMC) is D{sub 0}=71.5{plus_minus}0.1cm{sup {minus}1}. These values are expected to be accurate to within a few percent. The potential energy surface also features a wide plateau in the proximity of Ar-N-H collinear geometry, at ca. 7.0a{sub 0}. RBDQMC calculations reveal nearly a free rotation of the NH subunit in the complex. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Electrical Transport and Thermal Expansion in van der Waals Materials: Graphene and Topological Insulator

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    Jing, Lei

    Novel two-dimensional materials with weak interlayer Van der Waals interaction are fantastic platforms to study novel physical phenomena. This thesis describes our investigation on two different Van der Waals materials: graphene and bismuth selenide with calcium doping (CaxBi 2-xSe3, x as the doping level) in the topological insulator family. Firstly, we characterize the electrical transport behaviors of high-quality substrate-supported bilayer graphene devices with suspended metal gates. The device exhibits a transport gap induced by external electric field with an on/off ratio of 20,000, which could be explained by variable range hoping between localized states or disordered charge puddles. At large magnetic field, the device presents quantum Hall plateau at fractional values of conductance quantum, which arises from the equilibration of edge states between differentially doped regions. Secondly, we present our study on the electronic transport of CaxBi 2-xSe3 thin films, which are three-dimensional topological insulators and coupled with superconducting leads. In these novel Josephson transistors, we observe different characteristic features by energy dispersion spectrum (EDS) and Raman spectroscopy, and the weak suppression in the critical current Ic. Thirdly, we explore the thermal expansion of suspended graphene. By in-situ scanning electron microscope (SEM), we measure the thickness-dependence of graphene's negative thermal expansion coefficient (TEC). We propose that there is a competitive relation between the intrinsic TEC and the friction from the substrate and the graphene. Lastly, in collaboration with Dr. Nikolai Kalugin from New Mexico Tech., we explore the graphene's application as a quantum Hall effect infrared photodetector. This graphene-based detector can be operated at higher temperature (liquid nitrogen) and wider frequency than the previous implementations of quantum Hall detector.

  5. Resonant two-photon ionization of fluorene rare-gas van der Waals complexes

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    Leutwyler, Samuel; Even, Uzi; Jortner, Joshua

    1983-12-01

    Resonant two-photon ionization combined with time-of-flight mass spectrometry was applied for the interrogation of the S0 → S1 electronic-vibrational excitations of van der Waals complexes of fluorene (FL) with rare-gas atoms and N2 in supersonic jets. Energy-resolved and mass-resolved spectra of FL ṡ Ne, FL ṡ Arn (n=1-3), FL ṡ Kr, FL ṡ Xe, and FL ṡ N2 were recorded over the energy range 0-800 cm-1 above the electronic origin of S1. The red microscopic spectral shifts of the electronic origins of FL ṡ R (R=Ar, Kr, and Xe) complexes are dominated by dispersive interactions, being proportional to the polarizability of R. The vibrational level structure of FL ṡ Rn (R=Ar, Kr, and Xe) complexes exhibits intramolecular vibrational excitations of FL, as well as intermolecular vibrations, which involve the relative motion of FL and R in the complex. The spectra of FL ṡ Ne and FL ṡ N2 reveal a rich vibrational structure in the vicinity of the electronic origin, indicating a substantial change of the nuclear configuration upon electronic excitation. Upper and lower bounds on the dissociation energies of FL ṡ R (R=Ne, Kr, and Xe) and FL ṡ Ar2 were inferred from the vibrational level structure in the mass-resolved spectra, where the disappearance of the signal of the parent van der Waals ion and the appearance of the ion signal of the fragments mark the onset of the vibrational predissociation process.

  6. A van der Waals Equation of State for a Dilute Boson Gas

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    Deeney, F. A.; O'Leary, J. P.

    2012-01-01

    An equation of state of a system is a relationship that connects the thermodynamic variables of the system such as pressure and temperature. Such equations are well known for classical gases but less so for quantum systems. In this paper we develop a van der Waals equation of state for a dilute boson gas that may be used to explain the occurrence…

  7. Gas Temperature Determination in Argon-Helium Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure using van der Waals Broadening

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    Munoz, Jose; Yubero, Cristina; Calzada, Maria Dolores; Dimitrijevic, Milan S.

    2008-10-22

    The use of the van der Waals broadening of Ar atomic lines to determine the gas temperature in Ar-He plasmas, taking into account both argon and helium atoms as perturbers, has been analyzed. The values of the gas temperature inferred from this broadening have been compared with those obtained from the spectra of the OH molecular species in the discharge.

  8. Atomically thin p-n junctions with van der Waals heterointerfaces.

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

    2014-09-01

    Semiconductor p-n junctions are essential building blocks for electronic and optoelectronic devices. In conventional p-n junctions, regions depleted of free charge carriers form on either side of the junction, generating built-in potentials associated with uncompensated dopant atoms. Carrier transport across the junction occurs by diffusion and drift processes influenced by the spatial extent of this depletion region. With the advent of atomically thin van der Waals materials and their heterostructures, it is now possible to realize a p-n junction at the ultimate thickness limit. Van der Waals junctions composed of p- and n-type semiconductors--each just one unit cell thick--are predicted to exhibit completely different charge transport characteristics than bulk heterojunctions. Here, we report the characterization of the electronic and optoelectronic properties of atomically thin p-n heterojunctions fabricated using van der Waals assembly of transition-metal dichalcogenides. We observe gate-tunable diode-like current rectification and a photovoltaic response across the p-n interface. We find that the tunnelling-assisted interlayer recombination of the majority carriers is responsible for the tunability of the electronic and optoelectronic processes. Sandwiching an atomic p-n junction between graphene layers enhances the collection of the photoexcited carriers. The atomically scaled van der Waals p-n heterostructures presented here constitute the ultimate functional unit for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Solution phase van der Waals epitaxy of ZnO wire arrays.

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    Zhu, Yue; Zhou, Yong; Utama, Muhammad Iqbal Bakti; de la Mata, María; Zhao, Yanyuan; Zhang, Qing; Peng, Bo; Magen, Cesar; Arbiol, Jordi; Xiong, Qihua

    2013-08-21

    As an incommensurate epitaxy, van der Waals epitaxy allows defect-free crystals to grow on substrates even with a large lattice mismatch. Furthermore, van der Waals epitaxy is proposed as a universal platform where heteroepitaxy can be achieved irrespective of the nature of the overlayer material and the method of crystallization. Here we demonstrate van der Waals epitaxy in solution phase synthesis for seedless and catalyst-free growth of ZnO wire arrays on phlogopite mica at low temperature. A unique incommensurate interface is observed even with the incomplete initial wetting of ZnO onto the substrate. Interestingly, the imperfect contacting layer does not affect the crystalline and optical properties of other parts of the wires. In addition, we present patterned growth of a well-ordered array with hexagonal facets and in-plane alignment. We expect our seedless and catalyst-free solution phase van der Waals epitaxy synthesis to be widely applicable in other materials and structures.

  10. First principles calculations of solid-state thermionic transport in layered van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Wang, Xiaoming; Zebarjadi, Mona; Esfarjani, Keivan

    2016-08-21

    This work aims at understanding solid-state energy conversion and transport in layered (van der Waals) heterostructures in contact with metallic electrodes via a first-principles approach. As an illustration, a graphene/phosphorene/graphene heterostructure in contact with gold electrodes is studied by using density functional theory (DFT)-based first principles calculations combined with real space Green's function (GF) formalism. We show that for a monolayer phosphorene, quantum tunneling dominates the transport. By adding more phosphorene layers, one can switch from tunneling-dominated transport to thermionic-dominated transport, resulting in transporting more heat per charge carrier, thus, enhancing the cooling coefficient of performance. The use of layered van der Waals heterostructures has two advantages: (a) thermionic transport barriers can be tuned by changing the number of layers, and (b) thermal conductance across these non-covalent structures is very weak. The phonon thermal conductance of the present van der Waals heterostructure is found to be 4.1 MW m(-2) K(-1) which is one order of magnitude lower than the lowest value for that of covalently-bonded interfaces. The thermionic coefficient of performance for the proposed device is 18.5 at 600 K corresponding to an equivalent ZT of 0.13, which is significant for nanoscale devices. This study shows that layered van der Waals structures have great potential to be used as solid-state energy-conversion devices.

  11. van der Waals Metal-Organic Framework as an Excitonic Material for Advanced Photonics.

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    Milichko, Valentin A; Makarov, Sergey V; Yulin, Alexey V; Vinogradov, Alexandr V; Krasilin, Andrei A; Ushakova, Elena; Dzyuba, Vladimir P; Hey-Hawkins, Evamarie; Pidko, Evgeny A; Belov, Pavel A

    2017-01-23

    Synergistic combination of organic and inorganic nature in van der Waals metal-organic frameworks supports different types of robust excitons that can be effectively and independently manipulated by light at room temperature, and opens new concepts for all-optical data processing and storage.

  12. Generalized van der Waals Hamiltonian: periodic orbits and C1 nonintegrability.

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    Guirao, Juan L G; Llibre, Jaume; Vera, Juan A

    2012-03-01

    The aim of this paper is to study the periodic orbits of the generalized van der Waals Hamiltonian system. The tool for studying such periodic orbits is the averaging theory. Moreover, for this Hamiltonian system we provide information on its C(1) nonintegrability, i.e., on the existence of a second first integral of class C(1).

  13. Maxwell's Relations for a van der Waals Gas and a Nuclear Paramagnetic System.

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    Herlihy, James; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Since Maxwell's relations are derived in general form from the first to second laws, and students often wonder what they mean and how they are used, appropriate partition functions for van der Waals gas and the nuclear paramagnetic system are used to obtain entropy expressions and equations of state. (Author/SK)

  14. Van der Waals like behavior of topological AdS black holes in massive gravity

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    Hendi, S. H.; Mann, R. B.; Panahiyan, S.; Eslam Panah, B.

    2017-01-01

    Motivated by recent developments in black hole thermodynamics, we investigate van der Waals phase transitions of charged black holes in massive gravity. We find that massive gravity theories can exhibit strikingly different thermodynamic behavior compared to that of Einstein gravity, and that the mass of the graviton can generate a range of new phase transitions for topological black holes that are otherwise forbidden.

  15. Control of excitons in multi-layer van der Waals heterostructures

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    Calman, E. V.; Dorow, C. J.; Fogler, M. M.; Butov, L. V.; Hu, S.; Mishchenko, A.; Geim, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    We report an experimental study of excitons in a double quantum well van der Waals heterostructure made of atomically thin layers of MoS2 and hexagonal boron nitride. The emission of neutral and charged excitons is controlled by gate voltage, temperature, and both the helicity and the power of optical excitation.

  16. Nonlocal van der Waals functionals: The case of rare-gas dimers and solids

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    Tran, Fabien; Hutter, Jürg

    2013-05-01

    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), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.246401] 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), 10.1063/1.3382344]. An analysis of the results in terms of energy decomposition is also provided.

  17. Versatile van der Waals Density Functional Based on a Meta-Generalized Gradient Approximation

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    Peng, Haowei; Yang, Zeng-Hui; Perdew, John P.; Sun, Jianwei

    2016-10-01

    A "best-of-both-worlds" van der Waals (vdW) density functional is constructed, seamlessly supplementing the strongly constrained and appropriately normed (SCAN) meta-generalized gradient approximation for short- and intermediate-range interactions with the long-range vdW interaction from r VV 10 , the revised Vydrov-van Voorhis nonlocal correlation functional. The resultant SCAN +r VV 10 is the only vdW density functional to date that yields excellent interlayer binding energies and spacings, as well as intralayer lattice constants in 28 layered materials. Its versatility for various kinds of bonding is further demonstrated by its good performance for 22 interactions between molecules; the cohesive energies and lattice constants of 50 solids; the adsorption energy and distance of a benzene molecule on coinage-metal surfaces; the binding energy curves for graphene on Cu(111), Ni(111), and Co(0001) surfaces; and the rare-gas solids. We argue that a good semilocal approximation should (as SCAN does) capture the intermediate-range vdW through its exchange term. We have found an effective range of the vdW interaction between 8 and 16 Å for systems considered here, suggesting that this interaction is negligibly small at the larger distances where it reaches its asymptotic power-law decay.

  18. The toluene-Ar complex: S0 and S1 van der Waals modes, changes to methyl rotation, and torsion-van der Waals vibration coupling.

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    Gascooke, Jason R; Lawrance, Warren D

    2013-02-28

    The methyl rotor and van der Waals vibrational levels in the S1 and S0 states of toluene-Ar have been investigated by the technique of two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence (2D-LIF). The S0 van der Waals and methyl rotor levels are reported for the first time, while improved S1 values are presented. The correlations seen in the 2D-LIF images between the S0 and S1 states lead to a reassignment of key features in the S1 ← S0 excitation spectrum. This reassignment reveals that there are significant changes in the methyl rotor levels in the complex compared with those in bare toluene, particularly at low m. The observed rotor energies are explained by the introduction of a three-fold, V3, term in the torsion potential (this term is zero in toluene) and a reduction in the height of the six-fold, V6, barriers in S0 and S1 from their values in bare toluene. The V3 term is larger in magnitude than the V6 term in both S0 and S1. The constants determined are ∣V3(S1)∣ = 33.4 ± 1.0 cm(-1), ∣V3(S0)∣ = 20.0 ± 1.0 cm(-1), V6(S1) = -10.7 ± 1.0 cm(-1), and V6(S0) = -1.7 ± 1.0 cm(-1). The methyl rotor is also found to couple with van der Waals vibration; specifically, the m(") = 2 rotor state couples with the combination level involving one quantum of the long axis bend and m(") = 1. The coupling constant is determined to be 1.9 cm(-1), which is small compared with the values typically reported for torsion-vibration coupling involving ring modes.

  19. In-situ epitaxial growth of graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zuo, Zheng; Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-10-07

    Van der Waals materials have received a great deal of attention for their exceptional layered structures and exotic properties, which can open up various device applications in nanoelectronics. However, in situ epitaxial growth of dissimilar van der Waals materials remains challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution for fabricating van der Waals heterostructures. Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures were synthesized on cobalt substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. Various characterizations were carried out to evaluate the heterostructures. Wafer-scale heterostructures consisting of single-layer/bilayer graphene and multilayer h-BN were achieved. The mismatch angle between graphene and h-BN is below 1°.

  20. In-situ epitaxial growth of graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zuo, Zheng; Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals materials have received a great deal of attention for their exceptional layered structures and exotic properties, which can open up various device applications in nanoelectronics. However, in situ epitaxial growth of dissimilar van der Waals materials remains challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution for fabricating van der Waals heterostructures. Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures were synthesized on cobalt substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. Various characterizations were carried out to evaluate the heterostructures. Wafer-scale heterostructures consisting of single-layer/bilayer graphene and multilayer h-BN were achieved. The mismatch angle between graphene and h-BN is below 1°. PMID:26442629

  1. van der Waals Corrected Density Functional Theory Calculations on Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks

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    Ray, Keith George

    The van der Waals force is ubiquitous in nature, however, first principles calculations of this interaction for large systems, i.e., around 1000 atoms, have been performed only recently. In the following are presented results on the application of the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) to gas adsorption and transport in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs). Carbon dioxide and methane binding energies and positions are calculated with the vdW-DF in three distinct binding sites in a series of five rho topology ZIFs. The isostructural set of ZIFs was selected in order to isolate the effect of framework functionalization. Gas molecules are found to bind in locations with high coordination to framework atoms at distances of around 3 A. Contributions to the binding energy from induced polarization and dispersion are quantified in order to elucidate the origins of strong CO2 adsorption and selectivity over CH4. The dispersion energy is found to dominate the interactions, however, CO2 adsorption is also enhanced by electrostatic interactions with asymmetrically functionalized linkers. Steric constraints for methane molecules, that do not impede carbon dioxide binding, further contribute to selectivity. Binding energy landscapes for CO2 and CH4 are calculated using classical force fields for the same set of rho ZIFs and several other ZIFs that differ in functionalization and topology. Quantities extracted from these landscapes are used to explain the effect of framework topology on gas adsorption at low and high pressure as well as how the positions of adsorbed gas molecules evolve as a function of pressure. Materials with large surface areas have greater gas uptake at high pressure, while smaller pores, which are associated with stronger binding, adsorb more gas at low pressure. Finally, the effect of framework flexibility on CO2 transport through the double 8-ring channel of ZIF-97 is investigated with computationally intensive climbing-nudged elastic band

  2. Stabilization of thin liquid films by repulsive van der Waals force.

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    Li, Er Qiang; Vakarelski, Ivan U; Chan, Derek Y C; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T

    2014-05-13

    Using high-speed video recording of bubble rise experiments, we study the stability of thin liquid films trapped between a rising bubble and a surfactant-free liquid-liquid meniscus interface. Using different combinations of nonpolar oils and water that are all immiscible, we investigate the extent to which film stability can be predicted by attractive and repulsive van der Waals (vdW) interactions that are indicated by the relative magnitude of the refractive indices of the liquid combinations, for example, water (refractive index, n = 1.33), perfluorohexane (n = 1.23), and tetradecane (n = 1.43). We show that, when the film-forming phase was oil (perfluorohexane or tetradecane), the stability of the film could always be predicted from the sign of the vdW interaction, with a repulsive vdW force resulting in a stable film and an attractive vdW force resulting in film rupture. However, if aqueous electrolyte is the film-forming bulk phase between the rising air bubble and the upper oil phase, the film always ruptured, even when a repulsive vdW interaction was predicted. We interpret these results as supporting the hypothesis that a short-ranged hydrophobic attraction determines the stability of the thin water film formed between an air phase and a nonpolar oil phase.

  3. Stability of Complex Biomolecular Structures: van der Waals, Hydrogen Bond Cooperativity, and Nuclear Quantum Effects.

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    Rossi, Mariana; Fang, Wei; Michaelides, Angelos

    2015-11-05

    Biomolecules are complex systems stabilized by a delicate balance of weak interactions, making it important to assess all energetic contributions in an accurate manner. However, it is a priori unclear which contributions make more of an impact. Here, we examine stacked polyglutamine (polyQ) strands, a peptide repeat often found in amyloid aggregates. We investigate the role of hydrogen bond (HB) cooperativity, van der Waals (vdW) dispersion interactions, and quantum contributions to free energies, including anharmonicities through density functional theory and ab initio path integral simulations. Of these various factors, we find that the largest impact on structural stabilization comes from vdW interactions. HB cooperativity is the second largest contribution as the size of the stacked chain grows. Competing nuclear quantum effects make the net quantum contribution small but very sensitive to anharmonicities, vdW, and the number of HBs. Our results suggest that a reliable treatment of these systems can only be attained by considering all of these components.

  4. Ab initio study of the Br(2P)-HBr van der Waals complex.

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    Toboła, R; Chałasiński, G; Kłos, J; Szcześniak, M M

    2009-05-14

    This study reports an ab initio characterization of a prereactive van der Waals complex between an open-shell atom Br((2)P) and a closed shell molecule HBr. The three adiabatic potential surfaces 1 (2)A('), 2 (2)A('), and 1 (2)A("), which result from the splitting of degenerate P state of Br are obtained from coupled cluster calculations. The coupling between same-symmetry states is calculated by multireference configuration-interaction method. A transformation to a diabatic representation and inclusion of the spin-orbit coupling effects on the interactions are also discussed. Bound states are calculated using an adiabatic bender model. The global minimum on the lowest adiabatic potential surface corresponds to a T-shaped geometry and has a well depth of D(e)=762.5 cm(-1) at R(e)=3.22 A. A secondary minimum occurs for a hydrogen-bonded geometry with D(e)=445.3 cm(-1) at R(e)=4.24 A. Upon inclusion of spin-orbit coupling the hydrogen-bonded minimum remains at the same depth, but the T-shaped minimum washes out to less than half of its spin-free value. The lowest bound state is localized in the linear minimum. The spin-orbit coupling plays a very important role in shaping of the potential energy surfaces of Br-HBr.

  5. Surface instability of an imperfectly bonded thin elastic film under surface van der Waals forces

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    Wang, Xu; Jing, Rong

    2017-02-01

    This paper studies surface instability of a thin elastic film imperfectly bonded to a rigid substrate interacting with a rigid contactor through van der Waals forces under plane strain conditions. The film-substrate interface is modeled as a linear spring with vanishing thickness described in terms of the normal and tangential interface parameters. Depending on the ratio of the two imperfect interface parameters, the critical value of the Poisson's ratio for the occurrence of surface wrinkling in the absence of surface energy can be greater than, equal to, or smaller than 0.25, which is the critical Poisson's ratio for a perfect film-substrate interface. The critical surface energy for the inhibition of the surface wrinkling is also obtained. Finally, we propose a very simple and effective method to study the surface instability of a multilayered elastic film with imperfect interfaces interacting with a rigid contactor or with another multilayered elastic film (or a multilayered simply supported plate) with imperfect interfaces.

  6. Infrared Spectroscopy of the H2/HD/D2-O2 Van Der Waals Complexes

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    Raston, Paul; Bunn, Hayley

    2016-06-01

    Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and oxygen is the third, so understanding the interaction between the two in their different forms is important to understanding astrochemical processes. The interaction between H2 and O2 has been explored in low energy scattering experiments and by far infrared synchrotron spectroscopy of the van der Waals complex. The far infrared spectra suggest a parallel stacked average structure with seven bound rotationally excited states. Here, we present the far infrared spectrum of HD/D2-O2 and the mid infrared spectrum of H2-O2 at 80 K, recorded at the infrared beamline facility of the Australian Synchrotron. We observed 'sharp' peaks in the mid infrared region, corresponding to the end over end rotation of H2-O2, that are comparatively noisier than analogous peaks in the far infrared where the synchrotron light is brightest. The larger reduced mass of HD and D2 compared to H2 is expected to result in more rotational bound states and narrower bands. The latest results in our ongoing efforts to explore this system will be presented. Y. Kalugina, et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 16458 (2012) S. Chefdeville et al. Science 341, 1094 (2013) H. Bunn et al. ApJ 799, 65 (2015)

  7. Interface thermal conductance of van der Waals monolayers on amorphous substrates

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    Correa, Gabriela C.; Foss, Cameron J.; Aksamija, Zlatan

    2017-03-01

    Heterostructures based on atomic monolayers are emerging as leading materials for future energy efficient and multifunctional electronics. Due to the single atom thickness of monolayers, their properties are strongly affected by interactions with the external environment. We develop a model for interface thermal conductance (ITC) in an atomic monolayer van der Waals bonded to a disordered substrate. Graphene on SiO2 is initially used in our model and contrasted against available experimental data; the model is then applied to monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) on SiO2 substrate. Our findings show the dominant carrier of heat in both graphene and MoS2 in the cross-plane direction is the flexural (ZA) phonon mode, owing to the large overlap between graphene ZA and substrate vibrational density of states. The rate of phonon transfer across the interface depends quadratically on the substrate coupling constant K a , but this interaction also causes a lifting of the lowest flexural phonon modes. As a result, ITC depends roughly linearly on the strength of the coupling between a monolayer and its substrate. We conclude that, in both graphene and MoS2 on SiO2, substrate adhesion plays a strong role in determining ITC, requiring further study of substrate coupling in TMDCs.

  8. Limiting temperature of pion gas with the van der Waals equation of state

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    Poberezhnyuk, R. V.; Vovchenko, V.; Anchishkin, D. V.; Gorenstein, M. I.

    2016-09-01

    The grand canonical ensemble formulation of the van der Waals equation of state that includes the effects of Bose statistics is applied to the equilibrium system of interacting pions. If the attractive interaction between pions is large enough, a limiting temperature T 0 emerges, i.e., no thermodynamical equilibrium is possible at T\\gt {T}0. The system pressure p, particle number density n, and energy density ε remain finite at T={T}0, whereas for T near T 0 both the specific heat C={{d}}\\varepsilon /{{d}}T and the scaled variance of particle number fluctuations ω [N] are proportional to {({T}0-T)}-1/2 and, thus, go to infinity at T\\to {T}0. The limiting temperature also corresponds to the softest point of the equation of state, i.e., the speed of sound squared {c}s2={{d}}p/{{d}}\\varepsilon goes to zero as {({T}0-T)}1/2. Very similar thermodynamical behavior takes place in the Hagedorn model for the special choice of a power, namely {m}-4, in the pre-exponential factor of the mass spectrum ρ (m).

  9. Shaping van der Waals nanoribbons via torsional constraints: Scrolls, folds and supercoils

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    Shahabi, Alireza; Wang, Hailong; Upmanyu, Moneesh

    2014-01-01

    Interplay between structure and function in atomically thin crystalline nanoribbons is sensitive to their conformations yet the ability to prescribe them is a formidable challenge. Here, we report a novel paradigm for controlled nucleation and growth of scrolled and folded shapes in finite-length nanoribbons. All-atom computations on graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and experiments on macroscale magnetic thin films reveal that decreasing the end distance of torsionally constrained ribbons below their contour length leads to formation of these shapes. The energy partitioning between twisted and bent shapes is modified in favor of these densely packed soft conformations due to the non-local van der Waals interactions in these 2D crystals; they subvert the formation of supercoils that are seen in their natural counterparts such as DNA and filamentous proteins. The conformational phase diagram is in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. The facile route can be readily extended for tailoring the soft conformations of crystalline nanoscale ribbons, and more general self-interacting filaments. PMID:25417759

  10. Interface thermal conductance of van der Waals monolayers on amorphous substrates.

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    Correa, Gabriela C; Foss, Cameron J; Aksamija, Zlatan

    2017-03-01

    Heterostructures based on atomic monolayers are emerging as leading materials for future energy efficient and multifunctional electronics. Due to the single atom thickness of monolayers, their properties are strongly affected by interactions with the external environment. We develop a model for interface thermal conductance (ITC) in an atomic monolayer van der Waals bonded to a disordered substrate. Graphene on SiO2 is initially used in our model and contrasted against available experimental data; the model is then applied to monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) on SiO2 substrate. Our findings show the dominant carrier of heat in both graphene and MoS2 in the cross-plane direction is the flexural (ZA) phonon mode, owing to the large overlap between graphene ZA and substrate vibrational density of states. The rate of phonon transfer across the interface depends quadratically on the substrate coupling constant K a , but this interaction also causes a lifting of the lowest flexural phonon modes. As a result, ITC depends roughly linearly on the strength of the coupling between a monolayer and its substrate. We conclude that, in both graphene and MoS2 on SiO2, substrate adhesion plays a strong role in determining ITC, requiring further study of substrate coupling in TMDCs.

  11. Cooperative interplay of van der Waals forces and quantum nuclear effects on adsorption: H at graphene and at coronene.

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    Davidson, Erlend R M; Klimeš, Jiří; Alfè, Dario; Michaelides, Angelos

    2014-10-28

    The energetic barriers that atoms and molecules often experience when binding to surfaces are incredibly important to a myriad of chemical and physical processes. However, these barriers are difficult to describe accurately with current computer simulation approaches. Two prominent contemporary challenges faced by simulation are the role of van der Waals forces and nuclear quantum effects. Here we examine the widely studied model systems of hydrogen on graphene and coronene using a van der Waals inclusive density functional theory approach together with path integral molecular dynamics at 50 K. We find that both van der Waals and quantum nuclear effects work together in a cooperative manner to dramatically reduce the barriers for hydrogen atoms to adsorb. This suggests that the low temperature hydrogenation of graphene is easier than previously thought and in more general terms that the combined roles of van der Waals and quantum tunnelling can lead to qualitative changes in adsorption.

  12. Electrical and optical properties of SnS2/WSe2 van der Waals Heterojunction FETs

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    Zubair, Ahmad; Nourbakhsh, Amirhasan; Dresselhaus, Mildred; Palacios, Tomas

    Two dimensional crystals based on atomically thin films of transition metal dichalcogenides offer an exciting platform for various optoelectronic applications. Their unique crystal properties make them particularly attractive for van der Waals heterostructures which open up an additional degree of freedom to tailor the material properties into new physics and device applications. In this work, we explore, for the first time, the optoelectronic properties of van der Waals SnS2/WSe2 heterojunction. WSe2 is an ambipolar semiconductor while SnS2 is an n-type wide bandgap semiconductor. We use the pickup and dry transfer methods to fabricate SnS2/WSe2 heterojunction transistors (hetero-FETs). We observe negative differential transconductance in the SnS2/WSe2 hetero-FET. Also, the heterostructure couples strongly to incident light and shows high photovoltaic responsivity which can find applications in nano-devices such as photo-detectors and solar cells.

  13. Microwave spectra of van der Waals complexes of importance in planetary atmospheres

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    Suenram, R. D.; Lovas, F. J.

    1990-01-01

    The Fourier-transform Fabry-Perot pulsed-molecular-beam microwave spectrometer at NIST was used to study the microwave spectra of a number of molecular dimers and trimers that may be present in planetary atmospheres. The weak van der Waals bonds associated with these species usually give rise to rotational-tunneling splittings in the microwave spectra. The microwave spectrum of the water dimer species was used to illustrate the complications that can arise in the study of the rotational spectra of these loosely bound species. In addition to the water dimer species, the microwave spectra of the following hydrogen-bonded and van der Waals complexes were studied: (CO2)2-H2O, CO2-(H2O)2, CO2-H2S, N2-H2O, CO-H2O, SO2-H2O, and O3-H2O.

  14. Exact traveling wave solutions of the van der Waals normal form for fluidized granular matter

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    Abourabia, A. M.; Morad, A. M.

    2015-11-01

    Analytical solutions of the van der Waals normal form for fluidized granular media have been done to study the phase separation phenomenon by using two different exact methods. The Painlevé analysis is discussed to illustrate the integrability of the model equation. An auto-Bäcklund transformation is presented via the truncated expansion and symbolic computation. The results show that the exact solutions of the model introduce solitary waves of different types. The solutions of the hydrodynamic model and the van der Waals equation exhibit a behavior similar to the one observed in molecular dynamic simulations such that two pairs of shock and rarefaction waves appear and move away, giving rise to the bubbles. The dispersion properties and the relation between group and phase velocities of the model equation are studied using the plane wave assumption. The diagrams are drawn to illustrate the physical properties of the exact solutions, and indicate their stability and bifurcation.

  15. First principles calculations of solid-state thermionic transport in layered van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Xiaoming; Zebarjadi, Mona; Esfarjani, Keivan

    2016-08-01

    This work aims at understanding solid-state energy conversion and transport in layered (van der Waals) heterostructures in contact with metallic electrodes via a first-principles approach. As an illustration, a graphene/phosphorene/graphene heterostructure in contact with gold electrodes is studied by using density functional theory (DFT)-based first principles calculations combined with real space Green's function (GF) formalism. We show that for a monolayer phosphorene, quantum tunneling dominates the transport. By adding more phosphorene layers, one can switch from tunneling-dominated transport to thermionic-dominated transport, resulting in transporting more heat per charge carrier, thus, enhancing the cooling coefficient of performance. The use of layered van der Waals heterostructures has two advantages: (a) thermionic transport barriers can be tuned by changing the number of layers, and (b) thermal conductance across these non-covalent structures is very weak. The phonon thermal conductance of the present van der Waals heterostructure is found to be 4.1 MW m-2 K-1 which is one order of magnitude lower than the lowest value for that of covalently-bonded interfaces. The thermionic coefficient of performance for the proposed device is 18.5 at 600 K corresponding to an equivalent ZT of 0.13, which is significant for nanoscale devices. This study shows that layered van der Waals structures have great potential to be used as solid-state energy-conversion devices.This work aims at understanding solid-state energy conversion and transport in layered (van der Waals) heterostructures in contact with metallic electrodes via a first-principles approach. As an illustration, a graphene/phosphorene/graphene heterostructure in contact with gold electrodes is studied by using density functional theory (DFT)-based first principles calculations combined with real space Green's function (GF) formalism. We show that for a monolayer phosphorene, quantum tunneling dominates the

  16. Holographic Van der Waals-like phase transition in the Gauss-Bonnet gravity

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    He, Song; Li, Li-Fang; Zeng, Xiao-Xiong

    2017-02-01

    The Van der Waals-like phase transition is observed in temperature-thermal entropy plane in spherically symmetric charged Gauss-Bonnet-AdS black hole background. In terms of AdS/CFT, the non-local observables such as holographic entanglement entropy, Wilson loop, and two point correlation function of very heavy operators in the field theory dual to spherically symmetric charged Gauss-Bonnet-AdS black hole have been investigated. All of them exhibit the Van der Waals-like phase transition for a fixed charge parameter or Gauss-Bonnet parameter in such gravity background. Further, with choosing various values of charge or Gauss-Bonnet parameter, the equal area law and the critical exponent of the heat capacity are found to be consistent with phase structures in temperature-thermal entropy plane.

  17. EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL STUDIES OF THE CN-AR VAN DER WAALS COMPLEX

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    The CN-Ar van der Waals complex has been observed using B2E+-X2E+ and A2II-X2E+ electronic transitions. The spectra yielded a dissociation energy of D0"=109+2 cm1 and a zero point rational constant of B0"=0.067+0.005 cm-1 for CN(x)-Ar. The dissociation energy for Cn(A)-Ar was found to be D0"=132+2...

  18. Electronic spectroscopy of large van der waals molecules by resonant two-photon ionization

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    Leutwyler, Samuel; Even, Uzi; Jortner, Joshua

    1982-03-01

    Tunable laser two-photon ionization of large van der Waals molecules, combined with time-of-flight mass spectroscopy. was applied to the identification of the electronic origin and of some low vibrational excitations of the S 0 — S 1 electronic transition of fluorene·Ar 1, fluorene·Ar 2 and fluorene·Kr 1 produced in supersonic expansions.

  19. A Van der Waals-like theory of plasma double layers

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    Katz, Ira; Davis, V. A.

    1989-01-01

    A theory describing plasma double layers in terms of multiple roots of the charge density expression is presented. The theory presented uses the fact that equilibrium plasmas shield small potential perturbations linearly; for high potentials, the shielding decreases. The approach is analogous to Van der Waals' theory of simple fluids in which inclusion of approximate expressions for both excluded volume and long range attractive forces sufficiently describes the first-order liquid-gas phase transition.

  20. Passivation of Black Phosphorus via Self-Assembled Organic Monolayers by van der Waals Epitaxy.

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    Zhao, Yinghe; Zhou, Qionghua; Li, Qiang; Yao, Xiaojing; Wang, Jinlan

    2017-02-01

    An effective passivation approach to protect black phosphorus (BP) from degradation based on multi-scale simulations is proposed. The self-assembly of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride monolayers via van der Waals epitaxy on BP does not break the original electronic properties of BP. The passivation layer thickness is only 2 nm. This study opens up a new pathway toward fine passivation of BP.

  1. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; ...

    2016-05-10

    Here, the success of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures, made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides, and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that vdW heterostructues can exhibit ultra-fast charge transfer despite the weak binding of the heterostructure. Using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, we identify a strong dynamic coupling between the vdW layers associated with charge transfer. This dynamic coupling results in rapid nonlinear coherentmore » charge oscillations which constitute a purely electronic phenomenon and are shown to be a general feature of vdW heterostructures provided they have a critical minimum dipole coupling. Application to MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiment, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the

  2. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; West, Damien; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Shengbai; Liang, Linagbo

    2016-05-10

    Here, the success of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures, made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides, and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that vdW heterostructues can exhibit ultra-fast charge transfer despite the weak binding of the heterostructure. Using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, we identify a strong dynamic coupling between the vdW layers associated with charge transfer. This dynamic coupling results in rapid nonlinear coherent charge oscillations which constitute a purely electronic phenomenon and are shown to be a general feature of vdW heterostructures provided they have a critical minimum dipole coupling. Application to MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiment, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface

  3. Quasi-1D van der Waals materials as high current-density local interconnects (Conference Presentation)

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    Stolyarov, Maxim; Aytan, Ece; Bloodgood, Matthew; Salguero, Tina T.; Balandin, Alexander A.

    2016-09-01

    The continuous downscaling of interconnect dimensions in combination with the introduction of low-k dielectrics has increased the number of heat dissipation, integration and reliability challenges in modern electronics. As a result, there is a strong need for new materials that have high current-carrying capacity for applications as nanoscale interconnects. In this presentation, we show that quasi-one-dimensional (1D) van der Waals metals such as TaSe3 have excellent breakdown current density exceeding that of 5 MA/cm2. This value is above that currently achievable in conventional copper or aluminum wires. The quasi-1D van der Waals materials are characterized by strong bonds along one dimension and weak van der Waals bonds along two other dimensions. The material for this study was grown by the chemical vapor transport (CVT) method. Both mechanical and chemical exfoliation methods were used to fabricate nanowires with lateral dimensions below 100 nm. The dimensions of the quasi-1D nanowires were verified with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The metal (Ti/Au) contacts for the electrical characterization were deposited using electron beam evaporation (EBE). The measurements were conducted on a number of prototype interconnects with multiple electric contacts to ensure reproducibility. The obtained results suggest that quasi-1D van der Waals metals present a feasible alternative to conventional copper interconnects in terms of the current-carrying capacity and the breakdown current-density. This work was supported, in part, by the SRC and DARPA through STARnet Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME).

  4. van der Waals epitaxy and photoresponse of two-dimensional CdSe plates

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    Zhu, Dan-Dan; Xia, Jing; Wang, Lei; Li, Xuan-Ze; Tian, Li-Feng; Meng, Xiang-Min

    2016-06-01

    Here we demonstrate the first growth of two-dimensional (2D) single-crystalline CdSe plates on mica substrates via van der Waals epitaxy. The as-synthesized 2D plates exhibit hexagonal, truncated triangular and triangular shapes with the lateral size around several microns. Photodetectors based on 2D CdSe plates present a fast response time of 24 ms, revealing that 2D CdSe is a promising building block for ultrathin optoelectronic devices.

  5. Production of Protonated Methanol Ions Via Intermolecular Reactions within Van der Waals Clusters of Dime Dimethyl Ether. Revision

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    1990-02-02

    preparation (17) This result also suggests that the protonated methanol ion is not produced via a reaction between the DME cluster and a water impurity. In...include Security Classification) Production ol Protonated Methanol Ions via "Intermolecular" Reactions within van der Waals Clusters of Dimethyl Ether...2/90 Production of Protonated Methanol Ions via "Intermolecular" Reactions within van der Waals Clusters of Dimethyl Ether M. Todd Coolbaugh, William

  6. Direct observation of adsorption geometry for the van der Waals adsorption of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111)

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    Kim, Ju-Hyung; Jung, Jaehoon; Kim, Yousoo E-mail: ykim@riken.jp; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito E-mail: ykim@riken.jp; Kawai, Maki E-mail: ykim@riken.jp

    2014-02-21

    Weak van der Waals adsorption of π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules onto the gold surface, Au(111), is one of the essential processes in constructing organic-metal interfaces in organic electronics. Here we provide a first direct observation of adsorption geometry of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111) using an atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy study combined with van der Waals density functional methodology. For the purpose, we utilized a highly symmetric π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule, dehydrobenzo[12]annulene (DBA), which has a definite three-fold symmetry, the same as the Au(111) surface. Interestingly, our observations on an atomically resolved scale clearly indicate that the DBA molecule has only one adsorption configuration on Au(111) in spite of the weak van der Waals adsorption system. Based on the precisely determined adsorption geometry of DBA/Au(111), our calculation results imply that even a very small contribution of the interfacial orbital interaction at the organic-metal interface can play a decisive role in constraining the adsorption geometry even in the van der Waals adsorption system of a π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on the noblest Au(111) surface. Our observations provide not only deeper insight into the weak adsorption process, but also new perspectives to organic electronics using π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules on the Au surface.

  7. Direct observation of adsorption geometry for the van der Waals adsorption of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111).

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    Kim, Ju-Hyung; Jung, Jaehoon; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito; Kim, Yousoo; Kawai, Maki

    2014-02-21

    Weak van der Waals adsorption of π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules onto the gold surface, Au(111), is one of the essential processes in constructing organic-metal interfaces in organic electronics. Here we provide a first direct observation of adsorption geometry of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111) using an atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy study combined with van der Waals density functional methodology. For the purpose, we utilized a highly symmetric π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule, dehydrobenzo[12]annulene (DBA), which has a definite three-fold symmetry, the same as the Au(111) surface. Interestingly, our observations on an atomically resolved scale clearly indicate that the DBA molecule has only one adsorption configuration on Au(111) in spite of the weak van der Waals adsorption system. Based on the precisely determined adsorption geometry of DBA/Au(111), our calculation results imply that even a very small contribution of the interfacial orbital interaction at the organic-metal interface can play a decisive role in constraining the adsorption geometry even in the van der Waals adsorption system of a π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on the noblest Au(111) surface. Our observations provide not only deeper insight into the weak adsorption process, but also new perspectives to organic electronics using π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules on the Au surface.

  8. Multiple critical points and liquid liquid equilibria from the van der Waals like equations of state

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    Artemenko, Sergey; Lozovsky, Taras; Mazur, Victor

    2008-06-01

    The principal aim of this work is a comprehensive analysis of the phase diagram of water via the van der Waals like equations of state (EoSs) which are considered as superpositions of repulsive and attractive forces. We test more extensively the modified van der Waals EoS (MVDW) proposed by Skibinski et al (2004 Phys. Rev. E 69 061206) and refine this model by introducing instead of the classical van der Waals repulsive term a very accurate hard sphere EoS over the entire stable and metastable regions (Liu 2006 Preprint cond-mat/0605392). It was detected that the simplest form of MVDW EoS displays a complex phase behavior, including three critical points, and identifies four fluid phases (gas, low density liquid (LDL), high density liquid (HDL), and very high density liquid (VHDL)). Moreover the experimentally observed (Mallamace et al 2007 Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 104 18387) anomalous behavior of the density of water in the deeply supercooled region (a density minimum) is reproduced by the MWDW EoS. An improvement of the repulsive part does not change the topological picture of the phase behavior of water in the wide range of thermodynamic variables. The new parameters set for second and third critical points are recognized by thorough analysis of experimental data for the loci of thermodynamic response function extrema.

  9. The hot pick-up technique for batch assembly of van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Pizzocchero, Filippo; Gammelgaard, Lene; Jessen, Bjarke S; Caridad, José M; Wang, Lei; Hone, James; Bøggild, Peter; Booth, Timothy J

    2016-06-16

    The assembly of individual two-dimensional materials into van der Waals heterostructures enables the construction of layered three-dimensional materials with desirable electronic and optical properties. A core problem in the fabrication of these structures is the formation of clean interfaces between the individual two-dimensional materials which would affect device performance. We present here a technique for the rapid batch fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures, demonstrated by the controlled production of 22 mono-, bi- and trilayer graphene stacks encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride with close to 100% yield. For the monolayer devices, we found semiclassical mean-free paths up to 0.9 μm, with the narrowest samples showing clear indications of the transport being affected by boundary scattering. The presented method readily lends itself to fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures in both ambient and controlled atmospheres, while the ability to assemble pre-patterned layers paves the way for complex three-dimensional architectures.

  10. The hot pick-up technique for batch assembly of van der Waals heterostructures

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    Pizzocchero, Filippo; Gammelgaard, Lene; Jessen, Bjarke S.; Caridad, José M.; Wang, Lei; Hone, James; Bøggild, Peter; Booth, Timothy J.

    2016-06-01

    The assembly of individual two-dimensional materials into van der Waals heterostructures enables the construction of layered three-dimensional materials with desirable electronic and optical properties. A core problem in the fabrication of these structures is the formation of clean interfaces between the individual two-dimensional materials which would affect device performance. We present here a technique for the rapid batch fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures, demonstrated by the controlled production of 22 mono-, bi- and trilayer graphene stacks encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride with close to 100% yield. For the monolayer devices, we found semiclassical mean-free paths up to 0.9 μm, with the narrowest samples showing clear indications of the transport being affected by boundary scattering. The presented method readily lends itself to fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures in both ambient and controlled atmospheres, while the ability to assemble pre-patterned layers paves the way for complex three-dimensional architectures.

  11. The hot pick-up technique for batch assembly of van der Waals heterostructures

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    Pizzocchero, Filippo; Gammelgaard, Lene; Jessen, Bjarke S.; Caridad, José M.; Wang, Lei; Hone, James; Bøggild, Peter; Booth, Timothy J.

    2016-01-01

    The assembly of individual two-dimensional materials into van der Waals heterostructures enables the construction of layered three-dimensional materials with desirable electronic and optical properties. A core problem in the fabrication of these structures is the formation of clean interfaces between the individual two-dimensional materials which would affect device performance. We present here a technique for the rapid batch fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures, demonstrated by the controlled production of 22 mono-, bi- and trilayer graphene stacks encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride with close to 100% yield. For the monolayer devices, we found semiclassical mean-free paths up to 0.9 μm, with the narrowest samples showing clear indications of the transport being affected by boundary scattering. The presented method readily lends itself to fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures in both ambient and controlled atmospheres, while the ability to assemble pre-patterned layers paves the way for complex three-dimensional architectures. PMID:27305833

  12. Black phosphorene/monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides as two dimensional van der Waals heterostructures: a first-principles study.

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    You, Baiqing; Wang, Xiaocha; Zheng, Zhida; Mi, Wenbo

    2016-03-14

    The electronic structure of black phosphorene (BP)/monolayer 1H-XT2 (X = Mo, W; T = S, Se, Te) two dimensional (2D) van der Waals heterostructures have been calculated by the first-principles method. It is found that the electronic band structures of both BP and XT2 are preserved in the combined van der Waals heterostructures. The WSe2/BP van der Waals heterostructure demonstrates a type-I band alignment, but the MoS2/BP, MoSe2/BP, MoTe2/BP, WS2/BP and WTe2/BP van der Waals heterostructures demonstrate a type-II band alignment. In particular, the n-type XT2/p-type BP van der Waals heterostructures can be applied in p-n diode and logical devices. Strong spin splitting appears in all of the heterostructures when considering the spin orbital coupling. Our results play a significant role in the prediction of novel 2D van der Waals heterostructures that have potential applications in spin-filter devices, spin field effect transistors, optoelectronic devices, etc.

  13. Optoelectronic Properties of Van Der Waals Hybrid Structures: Fullerenes on Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Correa, Julián David; Orellana, Pedro Alejandro; Pacheco, Mónica

    2017-01-01

    The search for new optical materials capable of absorbing light in the frequency range from visible to near infrared is of great importance for applications in optoelectronic devices. In this paper, we report a theoretical study of the electronic and optical properties of hybrid structures composed of fullerenes adsorbed on graphene and on graphene nanoribbons. The calculations are performed in the framework of the density functional theory including the van der Waals dispersive interactions. We found that the adsorption of the C60 fullerenes on a graphene layer does not modify its low energy states, but it has strong consequences for its optical spectrum, introducing new absorption peaks in the visible energy region. The optical absorption of fullerenes and graphene nanoribbon composites shows a strong dependence on photon polarization and geometrical characteristics of the hybrid systems, covering a broad range of energies. We show that an external electric field across the nanoribbon edges can be used to tune different optical transitions coming from nanoribbon–fullerene hybridized states, which yields a very rich electro-absorption spectrum for longitudinally polarized photons. We have carried out a qualitative analysis on the potential of these hybrids as possible donor-acceptor systems in photovoltaic cells. PMID:28336904

  14. Evaluating dispersion forces for optimization of van der Waals complexes using a non-empirical functional

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    Arabi, Alya A.

    2016-11-01

    Modelling dispersion interactions with traditional density functional theory (DFT) is a challenge that has been extensively addressed in the past decade. The exchange-dipole moment (XDM), among others, is a non-empirical add-on dispersion correction model in DFT. The functional PW86+PBE+XDM for exchange, correlation and dispersion, respectively, compromises an accurate functional for thermochemistry and for van der Waals (vdW) complexes at equilibrium and non-equilibrium geometries. To use this functional in optimizing vdW complexes, rather than computing single point energies, it is necessary to evaluate accurate forces. The purpose of this paper is to validate that, along the potential energy surface, the distance at which the energy is minimum is commensurate with the distance at which the forces vanish to zero. This test was validated for 10 rare gas diatomic molecules using various integration grids and different convergence criteria. It was found that the use of either convergence criterion, 10-6 or 10-8, in Gaussian09, does not affect the accuracy of computed optimal distances and binding energies. An ultra-fine grid needs to be used when computing accurate energies using generalized gradient approximation functionals. This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling at the physics-chemistry-biology interface'.

  15. Reconfigurable van der Waals Heterostructured Devices with Metal-Insulator Transition.

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    Heo, Jinseong; Jeong, Heejeong; Cho, Yeonchoo; Lee, Jaeho; Lee, Kiyoung; Nam, Seunggeol; Lee, Eun-Kyu; Lee, Sangyeob; Lee, Hyangsook; Hwang, Sungwoo; Park, Seongjun

    2016-11-09

    Atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials range from semimetallic graphene to insulating hexagonal boron nitride to semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides. Recently, metal-insulator-semiconductor field effect transistors built from these 2D elements were studied for flexible and transparent electronics. However, to induce ambipolar characteristics for alternative power-efficient circuitry, ion-gel gating is often employed for high capacitive coupling, limiting stable operation at ambient conditions. Here, we report reconfigurable MoTe2 optoelectronic transistors with all 2D components, where the device can be reconfigured by both drain and gate voltages. Eight different configurations for each fixed voltage are spatially resolved by scanning photocurrent microscopy. In addition, metal-insulator transitions are observed in both electron and hole carriers under 2 V due to strong Coulomb interaction in the system. Furthermore, the vertical tunneling photocurrent through multiple van der Waals layers between the gate and source contacts is measured. Our reconfigurable devices offer potential building blocks for system-on-a-chip optoelectronics.

  16. Evaluating dispersion forces for optimization of van der Waals complexes using a non-empirical functional.

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    Arabi, Alya A

    2016-11-13

    Modelling dispersion interactions with traditional density functional theory (DFT) is a challenge that has been extensively addressed in the past decade. The exchange-dipole moment (XDM), among others, is a non-empirical add-on dispersion correction model in DFT. The functional PW86+PBE+XDM for exchange, correlation and dispersion, respectively, compromises an accurate functional for thermochemistry and for van der Waals (vdW) complexes at equilibrium and non-equilibrium geometries. To use this functional in optimizing vdW complexes, rather than computing single point energies, it is necessary to evaluate accurate forces. The purpose of this paper is to validate that, along the potential energy surface, the distance at which the energy is minimum is commensurate with the distance at which the forces vanish to zero. This test was validated for 10 rare gas diatomic molecules using various integration grids and different convergence criteria. It was found that the use of either convergence criterion, 10(-6) or 10(-8), in Gaussian09, does not affect the accuracy of computed optimal distances and binding energies. An ultra-fine grid needs to be used when computing accurate energies using generalized gradient approximation functionals.This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling at the physics-chemistry-biology interface'.

  17. Second osmotic virial coefficient from the two-component van der Waals equation of state.

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    Widom, B; Underwood, Robin C

    2012-08-09

    The second osmotic virial coefficient is in principle obtained from the second-order term in the expansion of the osmotic pressure Π or solute activity z(2) in powers of the solute density ρ(2) at fixed solvent activity z(1) and temperature T. It is remarked that the second-order terms in the analogous expansions at fixed pressure p or at liquid-vapor coexistence instead of at fixed z(1) also provide measures of the effective, solvent-mediated solute-solute interactions, but these are different measures. It is shown here how the function z(2)(ρ(2), z(1), T) required to obtain the second osmotic virial coefficient B from an expansion in ρ(2) may be obtained from an equation of state of the form p = p(ρ(1), ρ(2), T) with ρ(1) the solvent density, and also how the analogous coefficient B' in the fixed-p expansion may be so obtained. The magnitude of the difference B - B' is often much smaller than that of B and B' separately, so B' is sometimes an acceptable approximation to B. That is not true of the analogous coefficient in the expansion at liquid-vapor coexistence. These calculations are illustrated with the van der Waals two-component equation of state and applied to solutions of propane in water as an example.

  18. Mg (OH) 2-WS2 van der Waals heterobilayer: Electric field tunable band-gap crossover

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    Yagmurcukardes, M.; Torun, E.; Senger, R. T.; Peeters, F. M.; Sahin, H.

    2016-11-01

    Magnesium hydroxide [Mg (OH) 2] has a layered brucitelike structure in its bulk form and was recently isolated as a new member of two-dimensional monolayer materials. We investigated the electronic and optical properties of monolayer crystals of Mg (OH) 2 and WS2 and their possible heterobilayer structure by means of first-principles calculations. It was found that both monolayers of Mg (OH) 2 and WS2 are direct-gap semiconductors and these two monolayers form a typical van der Waals heterostructure with a weak interlayer interaction and a type-II band alignment with a staggered gap that spatially separates electrons and holes. We also showed that an out-of-plane electric field induces a transition from a staggered to a straddling-type heterojunction. Moreover, by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation on top of single-shot G0W0 calculations, we show that the low-energy spectrum of the heterobilayer is dominated by the intralyer excitons of the WS2 monolayer. Because of the staggered interfacial gap and the field-tunable energy-band structure, the Mg (OH) 2-WS2 heterobilayer can become an important candidate for various optoelectronic device applications in nanoscale.

  19. Low-energy universality and scaling of van der Waals forces

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    Calle Cordon, A.; Ruiz Arriola, E.

    2010-04-15

    At long distances, interactions between neutral ground-state atoms can be described by the van der Waals potential. In the ultracold regime, atom-atom scattering is dominated by s-waves phase shifts given by an effective range expansion in terms of the scattering length {alpha}{sub 0} and the effective range r{sub 0}. We show that while the scattering length cannot be predicted for these potentials, the effective range is given by the universal low-energy theorem r{sub 0}=A+B/{alpha}{sub 0}+C/{alpha}{sub 0}{sup 2}, where A, B, and C depend on the dispersion coefficients C{sub n} and the reduced diatom mass. We confront this formula to about 100 determinations of r{sub 0} and {alpha}{sub 0} and show why the result is dominated by the leading dispersion coefficient C{sub 6}. Universality and scaling extend much beyond naive dimensional analysis estimates.

  20. Layer-Controlled Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth of MoS2 Vertical Heterostructures via van der Waals Epitaxy.

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    Samad, Leith; Bladow, Sage M; Ding, Qi; Zhuo, Junqiao; Jacobberger, Robert M; Arnold, Michael S; Jin, Song

    2016-07-26

    The fascinating semiconducting and optical properties of monolayer and few-layer transition metal dichalcogenides, as exemplified by MoS2, have made them promising candidates for optoelectronic applications. Controllable growth of heterostructures based on these layered materials is critical for their successful device applications. Here, we report a direct low temperature chemical vapor deposition (CVD) synthesis of MoS2 monolayer/multilayer vertical heterostructures with layer-controlled growth on a variety of layered materials (SnS2, TaS2, and graphene) via van der Waals epitaxy. Through precise control of the partial pressures of the MoCl5 and elemental sulfur precursors, reaction temperatures, and careful tracking of the ambient humidity, we have successfully and reproducibly grown MoS2 vertical heterostructures from 1 to 6 layers over a large area. The monolayer MoS2 heterostructure was verified using cross-sectional high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) while Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy confirmed the layer-controlled MoS2 growth and heterostructure electronic interactions. Raman, photoluminescence, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mappings verified the uniform coverage of the MoS2 layers. This reaction provides an ideal method for the scalable layer-controlled growth of transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures via van der Waals epitaxy for a variety of optoelectronic applications.

  1. Microwave spectrum and structure of the 3,5-difluoropyridine⋯CO2 van der Waals complex

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    Dewberry, Christopher T.; Cornelius, Ryan D.; Mackenzie, Rebecca B.; Smith, C. J.; Dvorak, Michael A.; Leopold, Kenneth R.

    2016-10-01

    The rotational spectrum of the weakly bound complex 3,5-difluoropyridine⋯CO2 has been observed using pulsed-nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. Spectroscopic constants are reported for the parent and 13CO2 isotopologues. The data indicate a planar structure in which the nitrogen approaches the carbon of the CO2 with either a C2v or effectively C2v geometry in the ground vibrational state. The N⋯C van der Waals bond distance is 2.8245(16) Å and the oxygen⋯ortho-hydrogen distance is 3.091(2) Å. The N⋯C van der Waals bond length is 0.027(8) Å longer than that previously determined for pyridine-CO2, but is still considerably shorter than the 2.998 Å distance in HCN⋯CO2. M06-2X/6-311++G(3df,3pd) calculations place the binding energy of the complex at 4.3 kcal/mol (4.1 kcal/mol with counterpoise correction). The calculations further indicate that a secondary interaction between the ortho-hydrogens of the ring and the CO2 oxygens account for ∼50% of the total binding energy.

  2. Toward a better understanding of dielectric responses of van der Waals liquids: The role of chemical structures

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    Jedrzejowska, Agnieszka; Wojnarowska, Zaneta; Adrjanowicz, Karolina; Ngai, K. L.; Paluch, Marian

    2017-03-01

    Exhaustive analysis of dielectric relaxation data of van der Waals glass-forming liquids revealed a strong correlation between the width of the frequency dispersion of the α-relaxation and the dielectric strength Δ ɛ , originating from the dipole-dipole interaction contribution to the intermolecular potential [M. Paluch et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 025702 (2016)]. The two van der Waals liquids, 4-vinyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-one (VPC) and 4-ethyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-one (EPC), have chemical structures modified from that of propylene carbonate. All three glass-formers have very similar values of dipole moments, exactly the same dielectric strength, and hence identical frequency dispersion of the α-relaxation in all three glass-formers is expected if the correlation holds. Based on this expectation, we performed dielectric relaxation measurements of the VPC and EPC at ambient and elevated pressures. The results obtained show not only identical α-relaxation frequency dispersion for the three glass-formers but also the excess wing which is the unresolved Johari-Goldstein β-relaxation. On the other hand, the other thermodynamics related parameters of the α-relaxation dynamics, including the glass transition temperature Tg, the fragility index mP, and activation volume Δ Va c t, are not uniformly the same for all three glass-formers.

  3. X and Rb Atoms on Helium Nanodroplets: is the Van Der Waals Attraction Strong Enough to Form a Molecule?

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    Poms, Johannes; Hauser, Andreas W.; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2013-06-01

    Chemical reactions in the cold environment of a helium nanodroplet currently attract high interest and can be spectroscopically observed with typical molecular beam techniques. In order to estimate the influence of surrounding helium on the van der Waals interaction between heliophilic and heliophobic dopants that could be investigated in our lab with ESR spectroscopy, we apply density-functional theory to simulate a double-dotation of He-clusters with Rb and Xe atoms. Simulations of a double-doped He_{N} droplet with N = 500 show that the alkali metal atom stays on the surface, whereas the Xe atom sits in the middle of the droplet. The van der Waals attraction between Rb and Xe is not strong enough to compensate the separation of the heliophilic Xe and the heliophobic Rb caused by the helium droplet: a potential barrier of 23.4 K has to be overcome, which is to be compared with the 0.4 K internal temperature of the droplet. C. Callegari and W. E. Ernst, Helium Droplets as Nanocryostats for Molecular Spectroscopy - from the Vacuum Ultraviolet to the Microwave Regime, in: Handbook of High-Resolution Spectroscopy, eds. M. Quack and F. Merkt, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2011) M. Koch, C. Callegari, and W. E. Ernst, Mol. Phys. 108 (7), 1005-1011 (2010) J. Poms, A. W. Hauser, and W. E. Ernst, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 15158-15165 (2012)

  4. Finite-Size Effects on the Behavior of the Susceptibility in van der Waals Films Bounded by Strongly Absorbing Substrates

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    Dantchev, Daniel; Rudnick, Joseph; Barmatz, M.

    2007-01-01

    We study critical point finite-size effects in the case of the susceptibility of a film in which interactions are characterized by a van der Waals-type power law tail. The geometry is appropriate to a slab-like system with two bounding surfaces. Boundary conditions are consistent with surfaces that both prefer the same phase in the low temperature, or broken symmetry, state. We take into account both interactions within the system and interactions between the constituents of the system and the material surrounding it. Specific predictions are made with respect to the behavior of 3He and 4He films in the vicinity of their respective liquid-vapor critical points.

  5. Nonlocal van der Waals density functional made simple and efficient

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    Sabatini, Riccardo; Gorni, Tommaso; de Gironcoli, Stefano

    2013-01-01

    We present a simple revision of the VV10 nonlocal density functional by Vydrov and Van Voorhis [J. Chem. Phys.JCPSA60021-960610.1063/1.3521275 133, 244103 (2010)] for dispersion interactions. Unlike the original functional our modification allows nonlocal correlation energy and its derivatives to be efficiently evaluated in a plane wave framework along the lines pioneered by Román-Pérez and Soler [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.103.096102 103, 096102 (2009)]. Our revised functional maintains the outstanding precision of the original VV10 in noncovalently bound complexes and performs well in representative covalent, ionic, and metallic solids.

  6. van der Waals Heteroepitaxy of Germanene Islands on Graphite.

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    Persichetti, Luca; Jardali, Fatme; Vach, Holger; Sgarlata, Anna; Berbezier, Isabelle; Crescenzi, Maurizio De; Balzarotti, Adalberto

    2016-08-18

    We fabricated flat, two-dimensional germanium sheets showing a honeycomb lattice that matches that of germanene by depositing submonolayers of Ge on graphite at room temperature and subsequent annealing to 350 °C. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows that the germanene islands have a small buckling with no atomic reconstruction and does not give any hints for alloy formation and hybridization with the substrate. Our density functional theory calculations of the structural properties agree well with our experimental findings and indicate that the germanene sheet interacts only weakly with the substrate underneath. Our band structure calculations confirm that the Dirac cone of free-standing germanene is preserved for layers supported on graphite. The germanene islands show a small but characteristic charge transfer with the graphite substrate which is predicted by our ab initio simulations in excellent agreement with scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements.

  7. Field Effect in Graphene-Based van der Waals Heterostructures: Stacking Sequence Matters.

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    Stradi, Daniele; Papior, Nick R; Hansen, Ole; Brandbyge, Mads

    2017-03-13

    Stacked van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures where semiconducting two-dimensional (2D) materials are contacted by overlaid graphene electrodes enable atomically thin, flexible electronics. We use first-principles quantum transport simulations of graphene-contacted MoS2 devices to show how the transistor effect critically depends on the stacking configuration relative to the gate electrode. We can trace this behavior to the stacking-dependent response of the contact region to the capacitive electric field induced by the gate. The contact resistance is a central parameter and our observation establishes an important design rule for ultrathin devices based on 2D atomic crystals.

  8. Observing the interplay between surface and bulk optical nonlinearities in thin van der Waals crystals

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    Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Zhang, Jingjing; Petoukhoff, Christopher E.; Man, Michael K.L.; Lei, Sidong; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Talbayev, Diyar; Madéo, Julien; Dani, Keshav M.

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals materials, existing in a range of thicknesses from monolayer to bulk, allow for interplay between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which otherwise dominate only at atomically-thin or bulk extremes, respectively. Here, we observe an unexpected peak in intensity of the generated second harmonic signal versus the thickness of Indium Selenide crystals, in contrast to the quadratic increase expected from thin crystals. We explain this by interference effects between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which offer a new handle on engineering the nonlinear optical response of 2D materials and their heterostructures. PMID:26936437

  9. Collision-induced Raman spectra of Hg-rare gas Van der Waals complexes

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    Borysow, A.; Grycuk, T.

    1982-10-01

    An absolute differential scattering cross section is calculated for the Hg-rare gas and pure Hg Van der Waals quasimolecules, taking into account both the free state and bound state contributions to the depolarized Raman spectra of these systems. The calculations are performed using the Maitland-Smith (MS) potential function fitted to available experimental data and assuming the simple dipole-induced dipole (DID) model of anisotropy of the polarizability tensor of a collisional atomic pair. The obtained cross sections are about 100 times greater than those for the pure rare gas calculated and measured by Frommhold et al.

  10. Observing the interplay between surface and bulk optical nonlinearities in thin van der Waals crystals

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    Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Zhang, Jingjing; Petoukhoff, Christopher E.; Man, Michael K. L.; Lei, Sidong; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Talbayev, Diyar; Madéo, Julien; Dani, Keshav M.

    2016-03-01

    Van der Waals materials, existing in a range of thicknesses from monolayer to bulk, allow for interplay between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which otherwise dominate only at atomically-thin or bulk extremes, respectively. Here, we observe an unexpected peak in intensity of the generated second harmonic signal versus the thickness of Indium Selenide crystals, in contrast to the quadratic increase expected from thin crystals. We explain this by interference effects between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which offer a new handle on engineering the nonlinear optical response of 2D materials and their heterostructures.

  11. Interlayer coupling effects on Schottky barrier in the arsenene-graphene van der Waals heterostructures

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    Xia, Congxin Xue, Bin; Wang, Tianxing; Peng, Yuting; Jia, Yu

    2015-11-09

    The electronic characteristics of arsenene-graphene van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are studied by using first-principles methods. The results show that a linear Dirac-like dispersion relation around the Fermi level can be quite well preserved in the vdW heterostructures. Moreover, the p-type Schottky barrier (0.18 eV) to n-type Schottky barrier (0.31 eV) transition occurs when the interlayer distance increases from 2.8 to 4.5 Å, which indicates that the Schottky barrier can be tuned effectively by the interlayer distance in the vdW heterostructures.

  12. Construction of van der Waals magnetic tunnel junction using ferromagnetic layered dichalcogenide

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    Arai, Miho; Moriya, Rai; Yabuki, Naoto; Masubuchi, Satoru; Ueno, Keiji; Machida, Tomoki

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the micromechanical exfoliation and van der Waals (vdW) assembly of ferromagnetic layered dichalcogenide Fe0.25TaS2. The vdW interlayer coupling at the Fe-intercalated plane of Fe0.25TaS2 allows exfoliation of flakes. A vdW junction between the cleaved crystal surfaces is constructed by dry transfer method. We observe tunnel magnetoresistance in the resulting junction under an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the plane, demonstrating spin-polarized tunneling between the ferromagnetic layered material and the vdW junction.

  13. Nanoscopy of Surface-Induced van der Waals-Zeeman Transitions

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    Hamamda, M.; Grucker, J.; Dutier, G.; Perales, F.; Baudon, J.; Ducloy, M.; Bocvarski, V.

    2008-10-22

    van der Waals transitions among magnetic sub-levels of a metastable rare gas atom passing near a surface immersed in a magnetic field, are described. Related transition amplitudes are calculated using both the sudden and the Landau-Zener approximations. Experimental data for Ne*({sup 3}P{sub 2}) atoms traversing a copper grating are presented. For a pair of surfaces (e.g. the opposite edges of a slit) and a sufficiently large coherence width, Fresnel's biprism interference fringes are obtained. From this interference pattern, detailed information about the transition amplitude at a sub-nanometric scale can be derived. The effect of gravity on this pattern is examined.

  14. The effect of the London-van der Waals dispersion force on interline heat transfer

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    Wayner, P. C., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    A theoretical procedure to determine the heat transfer characteristics of the interline region (junction of liquid-solid-vapor) from the macroscopic optical and thermophysical properties of the system is outlined. The analysis is based on the premise that the interline transport processes are controlled by the London-van der Waals dispersion force between condensed phases (solid and liquid). Numerical values of the dispersion constant are presented. The procedure is used to compare the relative size of the interline heat sink of various systems using a constant heat flux mode. This solution demonstrates the importance of the interline heat flow number, which is evaluated for various systems.

  15. A Van Der Waals Homojunction: Ideal p-n Diode Behavior in MoSe2.

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    Jin, Youngjo; Keum, Dong Hoon; An, Sung-Jin; Kim, Joonggyu; Lee, Hyun Seok; Lee, Young Hee

    2015-10-07

    A MoSe2 p-n diode with a van der Waals homojunction is demonstrated by stacking undoped (n-type) and Nb-doped (p-type) semiconducting MoSe2 synthesized by chemical vapor transport for Nb substitutional doping. The p-n diode reveals an ideality factor of ≈1.0 and a high external quantum efficiency (≈52%), which increases in response to light intensity due to the negligible recombination rate at the clean homojunction interface.

  16. Electro-photo modulation of the fermi level in WSe2/graphene van der Waals heterojunction

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    Sun, Honghui; Yang, Hang; Fang, Liang; Zhang, Jiangwei; Wang, Zhiyuan; Jiang, Tian

    2017-04-01

    We report an electro-photo double modulation of the fermi level in a WSe2/graphene heterojunction. The heterojunction exhibits high ION/IOFF ratio ( 103) in transfer characteristic in dark and distinct rectification behavior in output characteristic under light illumination, respectively. Time-dependent photoresponse reveals that the heterojunction has a considerable potential in the application of photodetection. Interestingly, an exotic current peak is observed in transfer characteristic under light illumination. This novel behavior is attributed to the tunable fermi level at the WSe2/graphene heterojunction by electro-photo double modulation. The results may be helpful to develop tunable photovoltaic optoelectronics based on van der Waals heterojunctions.

  17. Super-Planckian Electron Cooling in a van der Waals Stack

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    Principi, Alessandro; Lundeberg, Mark B.; Hesp, Niels C. H.; Tielrooij, Klaas-Jan; Koppens, Frank H. L.; Polini, Marco

    2017-03-01

    Radiative heat transfer (RHT) between macroscopic bodies at separations that are much smaller than the thermal wavelength is ruled by evanescent electromagnetic modes and can be orders of magnitude more efficient than its far-field counterpart, which is described by the Stefan-Boltzmann law. In this Letter, we present a microscopic theory of RHT in van der Waals stacks comprising graphene and a natural hyperbolic material, i.e., hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). We demonstrate that RHT between hot carriers in graphene and hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hBN is extremely efficient at room temperature, leading to picosecond time scales for the carrier cooling dynamics.

  18. Recent progress of photodetectors based on MX2/graphene van der Waals heterostructures

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    Yang, Hang; Qin, Shiqiao; Fang, Jinyue; Peng, Gang; Zhang, Xueao

    2016-10-01

    Recently, heterostructures, combining the unique advantages of both graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs, also known as MX2), have exhibited extraordinary photo-electrical properties, thus attracted tremendous interests worldwide. In this paper, we overviewed recent progress of MX2/Graphene van der Waals heterostructures, including the preparation methods, relevant parameters in opto-electronic measurements, physical mechanisms, existing experimental results and encountered problems. Here, we focus to cover the development of entire field, and provide a comprehensive and accurate understanding concerning this field, which may be helpful for interested researchers in this area.

  19. Atomically thin resonant tunnel diodes built from synthetic van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; Ghosh, Ram Krishna; Addou, Rafik; Lu, Ning; Eichfeld, Sarah M; Zhu, Hui; Li, Ming-Yang; Peng, Xin; Kim, Moon J; Li, Lain-Jong; Wallace, Robert M; Datta, Suman; Robinson, Joshua A

    2015-06-19

    Vertical integration of two-dimensional van der Waals materials is predicted to lead to novel electronic and optical properties not found in the constituent layers. Here, we present the direct synthesis of two unique, atomically thin, multi-junction heterostructures by combining graphene with the monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides: molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) and tungsten diselenide (WSe2). The realization of MoS2-WSe2-graphene and WSe2-MoS2-graphene heterostructures leads to resonant tunnelling in an atomically thin stack with spectrally narrow, room temperature negative differential resistance characteristics.

  20. 3D van der Waals σ-model and its topological excitations

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    Bulgadaev, S. A.

    2001-09-01

    It is shown that the 3D vector van der Waals nonlinear σ-model (NSM) on a sphere S2 has two types of topological excitations: reminiscent vortices and instantons of 2D NSM. The first ones, the hedgehogs, are described by the homotopic group π2(S2) = Z and have logarithmic energies. They are an analog of 2D vortices. The second ones, corresponding to 2D instantons, are the hopfions. They are described by the homotopic group π3(S2) = Z, or the Hopf invariant HinZ, and have finite energy. The possibility of a topological phase transition in this model and its applications are briefly discussed.

  1. On the choice of inertial axes for interpreting spectroscopic properties of van der Waals complexes

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    Ernesti, Andreas; Hutson, Jeremy M.

    1994-10-01

    Properties such as the dipole moments and nuclear quadrupole coupling constants of van der Waals complexes are important in the determination of intermolecular potential energy surfaces from high-resolution spectra. The properties are often interpreted in terms of angular expectation values. It is shown that, when calculating such properties, it is important to use an inertial axis system that satisfies the Eckart conditions. Projections onto other axes, such as the intermolecular vector or the instantaneous principal axes, can lead to substantial errors when the individual monomers have large moments of inertia.

  2. Effects of zero van der Waals and zero electrostatic forces on droplet sedimentation

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    Omenyi, S. N.; Snyder, R. S.; Van Oss, C. J.; Absolom, D. R.; Neumann, A. W.

    1981-01-01

    The present investigation provides a confirmation of the dependence of droplet sedimentation on particle concentration. It is shown that it is possible to determine the maximum particle concentration which can remain stable on a given liquid from droplet sedimentation experiments. Droplet sedimentation can be reduced but not totally eliminated by the addition of appropriate amounts of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to reduce the van der Waals forces to zero. It was found that, at 12% DMSO, a maximum particle concentration of 6.3 x 10 to the 8th cells/ml of glutaraldehyde-fixed human erythrocytes suspended in physiological saline can remain stable on a D2O cushion.

  3. Construction of van der Waals magnetic tunnel junction using ferromagnetic layered dichalcogenide

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    Arai, Miho; Moriya, Rai Yabuki, Naoto; Masubuchi, Satoru; Ueno, Keiji; Machida, Tomoki

    2015-09-07

    We investigate the micromechanical exfoliation and van der Waals (vdW) assembly of ferromagnetic layered dichalcogenide Fe{sub 0.25}TaS{sub 2}. The vdW interlayer coupling at the Fe-intercalated plane of Fe{sub 0.25}TaS{sub 2} allows exfoliation of flakes. A vdW junction between the cleaved crystal surfaces is constructed by dry transfer method. We observe tunnel magnetoresistance in the resulting junction under an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the plane, demonstrating spin-polarized tunneling between the ferromagnetic layered material and the vdW junction.

  4. Phonon scattering due to van der Waals forces in the lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3 thin films

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    Park, Kyeong Hyun; Mohamed, Mohamed; Aksamija, Zlatan; Ravaioli, Umberto

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we calculate the thermal conductivity of layered bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) thin films by solving the Boltzmann transport equation in the relaxation-time approximation using full phonon dispersion and compare our results with recently published experimental data and molecular dynamics simulation. The group velocity of each phonon mode is readily extracted from the full phonon dispersion obtained from first-principle density-functional theory calculation and is used along with the phonon frequency to compute the various scattering terms. Our model incorporates the typical interactions impeding thermal transport (e.g., umklapp, isotope, and boundary scatterings) and introduces a new interaction capturing the reduction of phonon transmission through van der Waals interfaces of adjacent Bi2Te3 quintuple layers forming the virtual superlattice thin film. We find that this novel approach extends the empirical Klemens-Callaway relaxation model in such anisotropic materials and recovers the experimental anisotropy while using a minimal set of parameters.

  5. Unraveling the 3D Atomic Structure of a Suspended Graphene/hBN van der Waals Heterostructure.

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    Argentero, Giacomo; Mittelberger, Andreas; Reza Ahmadpour Monazam, Mohammad; Cao, Yang; Pennycook, Timothy J; Mangler, Clemens; Kramberger, Christian; Kotakoski, Jani; Geim, A K; Meyer, Jannik C

    2017-03-08

    In this work we demonstrate that a free-standing van der Waals heterostructure, usually regarded as a flat object, can exhibit an intrinsic buckled atomic structure resulting from the interaction between two layers with a small lattice mismatch. We studied a freely suspended membrane of well-aligned graphene on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) monolayer by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM (STEM). We developed a detection method in the STEM that is capable of recording the direction of the scattered electron beam and that is extremely sensitive to the local stacking of atoms. A comparison between experimental data and simulated models shows that the heterostructure effectively bends in the out-of-plane direction, producing an undulated structure having a periodicity that matches the moiré wavelength. We attribute this rippling to the interlayer interaction and also show how this affects the intralayer strain in each layer.

  6. Unraveling the 3D Atomic Structure of a Suspended Graphene/hBN van der Waals Heterostructure

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    Argentero, Giacomo; Mittelberger, Andreas; Reza Ahmadpour Monazam, Mohammad; Cao, Yang; Pennycook, Timothy J.; Mangler, Clemens; Kramberger, Christian; Kotakoski, Jani; Geim, A. K.; Meyer, Jannik C.

    2017-03-01

    In this work we demonstrate that a free-standing van der Waals heterostructure, usually regarded as a flat object, can exhibit an intrinsic buckled atomic structure resulting from the interaction between two layers with a small lattice mismatch. We studied a freely suspended membrane of well aligned graphene on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) monolayer by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM (STEM). We developed a detection method in the STEM that is capable of recording the direction of the scattered electron beam and that is extremely sensitive to the local stacking of atoms. Comparison between experimental data and simulated models shows that the heterostructure effectively bends in the out-of-plane direction, producing an undulated structure having a periodicity that matches the moir\\'e wavelength. We attribute this rippling to the interlayer interaction and also show how this affects the intralayer strain in each layer.

  7. Unraveling the 3D Atomic Structure of a Suspended Graphene/hBN van der Waals Heterostructure

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    2017-01-01

    In this work we demonstrate that a free-standing van der Waals heterostructure, usually regarded as a flat object, can exhibit an intrinsic buckled atomic structure resulting from the interaction between two layers with a small lattice mismatch. We studied a freely suspended membrane of well-aligned graphene on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) monolayer by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM (STEM). We developed a detection method in the STEM that is capable of recording the direction of the scattered electron beam and that is extremely sensitive to the local stacking of atoms. A comparison between experimental data and simulated models shows that the heterostructure effectively bends in the out-of-plane direction, producing an undulated structure having a periodicity that matches the moiré wavelength. We attribute this rippling to the interlayer interaction and also show how this affects the intralayer strain in each layer. PMID:28140602

  8. Turbulent mixing of a slightly supercritical van der Waals fluid at low-Mach number

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    Battista, F.; Picano, F.; Casciola, C. M.

    2014-05-01

    Supercritical fluids near the critical point are characterized by liquid-like densities and gas-like transport properties. These features are purposely exploited in different contexts ranging from natural products extraction/fractionation to aerospace propulsion. Large part of studies concerns this last context, focusing on the dynamics of supercritical fluids at high Mach number where compressibility and thermodynamics strictly interact. Despite the widespread use also at low Mach number, the turbulent mixing properties of slightly supercritical fluids have still not investigated in detail in this regime. This topic is addressed here by dealing with Direct Numerical Simulations of a coaxial jet of a slightly supercritical van der Waals fluid. Since acoustic effects are irrelevant in the low Mach number conditions found in many industrial applications, the numerical model is based on a suitable low-Mach number expansion of the governing equation. According to experimental observations, the weakly supercritical regime is characterized by the formation of finger-like structures - the so-called ligaments - in the shear layers separating the two streams. The mechanism of ligament formation at vanishing Mach number is extracted from the simulations and a detailed statistical characterization is provided. Ligaments always form whenever a high density contrast occurs, independently of real or perfect gas behaviors. The difference between real and perfect gas conditions is found in the ligament small-scale structure. More intense density gradients and thinner interfaces characterize the near critical fluid in comparison with the smoother behavior of the perfect gas. A phenomenological interpretation is here provided on the basis of the real gas thermodynamics properties.

  9. Vibrations of double-nanotube systems with mislocation via a newly developed van der Waals model

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    Kiani, Keivan

    2015-06-01

    This study deals with transverse vibrations of two adjacent-parallel-mislocated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) under various end conditions. These tubes interact with each other and their surrounding medium through the intertube van der Waals (vdW) forces, and existing bonds between their atoms and those of the elastic medium. The elastic energy of such forces due to the deflections of nanotubes is appropriately modeled by defining a vdW force density function. In the previous works, vdW forces between two identical tubes were idealized by a uniform form of this function. The newly introduced function enables us to investigate the influences of both intertube free distance and longitudinal mislocation on the natural transverse frequencies of the nanosystem which consists of two dissimilar tubes. Such crucial issues have not been addressed yet, even for simply supported tubes. Using nonlocal Timoshenko and higher-order beam theories as well as Hamilton's principle, the strong form of the equations of motion is established. Seeking for an explicit solution to these integro-partial differential equations is a very problematic task. Thereby, an energy-based method in conjunction with an efficient meshfree method is proposed and the nonlocal frequencies of the elastically embedded nanosystem are determined. For simply supported nanosystems, the predicted first five frequencies of the proposed model are checked with those of assumed mode method, and a reasonably good agreement is achieved. Through various studies, the roles of the tube's length ratio, intertube free space, mislocation, small-scale effect, slenderness ratio, radius of SWCNTs, and elastic constants of the elastic matrix on the natural frequencies of the nanosystem with various end conditions are explained. The limitations of the nonlocal Timoshenko beam theory are also addressed. This work can be considered as a vital step towards better realizing of a more complex system that consists of

  10. Polymorphism and thermodynamic ground state of silver fulminate studied from van der Waals density functional calculations

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2014-06-14

    Silver fulminate (AgCNO) is a primary explosive, which exists in two polymorphic phases, namely, orthorhombic (Cmcm) and trigonal (R3{sup ¯}) forms at ambient conditions. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of pressure and temperature on relative phase stability of the polymorphs using planewave pseudopotential approaches based on Density Functional Theory (DFT). van der Waals interactions play a significant role in predicting the phase stability and they can be effectively captured by semi-empirical dispersion correction methods in contrast to standard DFT functionals. Based on our total energy calculations using DFT-D2 method, the Cmcm structure is found to be the preferred thermodynamic equilibrium phase under studied pressure and temperature range. Hitherto Cmcm and R3{sup ¯} phases denoted as α- and β-forms of AgCNO, respectively. Also a pressure induced polymorphic phase transition is seen using DFT functionals and the same was not observed with DFT-D2 method. The equation of state and compressibility of both polymorphic phases were investigated. Electronic structure and optical properties were calculated using full potential linearized augmented plane wave method within the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential. The calculated electronic structure shows that α, β phases are indirect bandgap insulators with a bandgap values of 3.51 and 4.43 eV, respectively. The nature of chemical bonding is analyzed through the charge density plots and partial density of states. Optical anisotropy, electric-dipole transitions, and photo sensitivity to light of the polymorphs are analyzed from the calculated optical spectra. Overall, the present study provides an early indication to experimentalists to avoid the formation of unstable β-form of AgCNO.

  11. Heterogeneous dielectric generalized Born model with a van der Waals term provides improved association energetics of membrane-embedded transmembrane helices.

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    Dutagaci, Bercem; Sayadi, Maryam; Feig, Michael

    2017-02-04

    The heterogeneous dielectric generalized Born (HDGB) implicit membrane formalism is extended by the addition of a van der Waals dispersion term to better describe the nonpolar components of the free energy of solvation. The new model, termed HDGBvdW, improves the energy estimates in the hydrophobic interior of the membrane, where polar and charged species are rarely found and nonpolar interactions become significant. The implicit van der Waals term for the membrane environment extends the model from Gallicchio et al. (J. Comput. Chem. 2004, 25, 479) by combining separate contributions from each of the membrane components. The HDGBvdW model is validated with a series of test cases ranging from membrane insertion and pair association profiles of amino acid side chain analogs and transmembrane helices. Overall, the HDGBvdW model leads to increased agreement with explicit membrane simulation results and experimental data. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure

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    Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Henck, Hugo; Patriarche, Gilles; Dappe, Yannick J.; Yuan, Sheng; Toury, Bérangère; Belkhou, Rachid; Silly, Mathieu G.; Sirotti, Fausto; Boutchich, Mohamed; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2015-01-01

    Stacking various two-dimensional atomic crystals is a feasible approach to creating unique multilayered van der Waals heterostructures with tailored properties. Herein for the first time, we present a controlled preparation of large-area h-BN/graphene heterostructures via a simple chemical deposition of h-BN layers on epitaxial graphene/SiC(0001). Van der Waals forces, which are responsible for the cohesion of the multilayer system, give rise to an abrupt interface without interdiffusion between graphene and h-BN, as shown by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and direct observation using scanning and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). The electronic properties of graphene, such as the Dirac cone, remain intact and no significant charge transfer i.e. doping, is observed. These results are supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate that the h-BN capped graphene allows the fabrication of vdW heterostructures without altering the electronic properties of graphene. PMID:26585245

  13. Exciton-polaritons in van der Waals heterostructures embedded in tunable microcavities

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    Dufferwiel, S.; Schwarz, S.; Withers, F.; Trichet, A. A. P.; Li, F.; Sich, M.; Del Pozo-Zamudio, O.; Clark, C.; Nalitov, A.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Malpuech, G.; Novoselov, K. S.; Smith, J. M.; Skolnick, M. S.; Krizhanovskii, D. N.; Tartakovskii, A. I.

    2015-10-01

    Layered materials can be assembled vertically to fabricate a new class of van der Waals heterostructures a few atomic layers thick, compatible with a wide range of substrates and optoelectronic device geometries, enabling new strategies for control of light-matter coupling. Here, we incorporate molybdenum diselenide/hexagonal boron nitride (MoSe2/hBN) quantum wells in a tunable optical microcavity. Part-light-part-matter polariton eigenstates are observed as a result of the strong coupling between MoSe2 excitons and cavity photons, evidenced from a clear anticrossing between the neutral exciton and the cavity modes with a splitting of 20 meV for a single MoSe2 monolayer, enhanced to 29 meV in MoSe2/hBN/MoSe2 double-quantum wells. The splitting at resonance provides an estimate of the exciton radiative lifetime of 0.4 ps. Our results pave the way for room-temperature polaritonic devices based on multiple-quantum-well van der Waals heterostructures, where polariton condensation and electrical polariton injection through the incorporation of graphene contacts may be realized.

  14. Van der Waals pressure and its effect on trapped interlayer molecules

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    Vasu, K. S.; Prestat, E.; Abraham, J.; Dix, J.; Kashtiban, R. J.; Beheshtian, J.; Sloan, J.; Carbone, P.; Neek-Amal, M.; Haigh, S. J.; Geim, A. K.; Nair, R. R.

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals assembly of two-dimensional crystals continue attract intense interest due to the prospect of designing novel materials with on-demand properties. One of the unique features of this technology is the possibility of trapping molecules between two-dimensional crystals. The trapped molecules are predicted to experience pressures as high as 1 GPa. Here we report measurements of this interfacial pressure by capturing pressure-sensitive molecules and studying their structural and conformational changes. Pressures of 1.2±0.3 GPa are found using Raman spectrometry for molecular layers of 1-nm in thickness. We further show that this pressure can induce chemical reactions, and several trapped salts are found to react with water at room temperature, leading to two-dimensional crystals of the corresponding oxides. This pressure and its effect should be taken into account in studies of van der Waals heterostructures and can also be exploited to modify materials confined at the atomic interfaces. PMID:27385262

  15. Band Alignment and Minigaps in Monolayer MoS2-Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Avila, Jose; Balan, Adrian; Naylor, Carl H; Patriarche, Gilles; Dappe, Yannick J; Silly, Mathieu G; Sirotti, Fausto; Johnson, A T Charlie; Asensio, Maria C; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-07-13

    Two-dimensional layered MoS2 shows great potential for nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices due to its high photosensitivity, which is the result of its indirect to direct band gap transition when the bulk dimension is reduced to a single monolayer. Here, we present an exhaustive study of the band alignment and relativistic properties of a van der Waals heterostructure formed between single layers of MoS2 and graphene. A sharp, high-quality MoS2-graphene interface was obtained and characterized by micro-Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (HRXPS), and scanning high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). Moreover, direct band structure determination of the MoS2/graphene van der Waals heterostructure monolayer was carried out using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), shedding light on essential features such as doping, Fermi velocity, hybridization, and band-offset of the low energy electronic dynamics found at the interface. We show that, close to the Fermi level, graphene exhibits a robust, almost perfect, gapless, and n-doped Dirac cone and no significant charge transfer doping is detected from MoS2 to graphene. However, modification of the graphene band structure occurs at rather larger binding energies, as the opening of several miniband-gaps is observed. These miniband-gaps resulting from the overlay of MoS2 and the graphene layer lattice impose a superperiodic potential.

  16. van der Waals epitaxial ultrathin two-dimensional nonlayered semiconductor for highly efficient flexible optoelectronic devices.

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    Wang, Qisheng; Xu, Kai; Wang, Zhenxing; Wang, Feng; Huang, Yun; Safdar, Muhammad; Zhan, Xueying; Wang, Fengmei; Cheng, Zhongzhou; He, Jun

    2015-02-11

    Despite great progress in synthesis and application of graphene-like materials, it remains a considerable challenge to prepare two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures of nonlayered materials that may bring us surprising physical and chemical properties. Here, we propose a general strategy for the growth of 2D nonlayered materials by van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE) growth with two conditions: (1) the nonlayered materials satisfy 2D anisotropic growth and (2) the growth is implemented on the van der Waals substrates. Large-scale ultrathin 2D Pb(1-x)Sn(x)Se nanoplates (∼15-45 nm) have been produced on mica sheets by applying this strategy. Benefiting from the 2D geometry of Pb(1-x)Sn(x)Se nanoplates and the flexibility of mica sheet, flexible photodetectors that exhibit fast, reversible, and stable photoresponse and broad spectra detection ranging from UV to infrared light (375, 473, 632, 800, and 980 nm) are in situ fabricated based on Pb(1-x)Sn(x)Se nanoplates. We anticipate that more nonlayered materials will be developed into 2D nanostructures through vdWE, enabling the exploitation of novel electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  17. Two-dimensional antimonene single crystals grown by van der Waals epitaxy

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    Ji, Jianping; Song, Xiufeng; Liu, Jizi; Yan, Zhong; Huo, Chengxue; Zhang, Shengli; Su, Meng; Liao, Lei; Wang, Wenhui; Ni, Zhenhua; Hao, Yufeng; Zeng, Haibo

    2016-11-01

    Unlike the unstable black phosphorous, another two-dimensional group-VA material, antimonene, was recently predicted to exhibit good stability and remarkable physical properties. However, the synthesis of high-quality monolayer or few-layer antimonenes, sparsely reported, has greatly hindered the development of this new field. Here, we report the van der Waals epitaxy growth of few-layer antimonene monocrystalline polygons, their atomical microstructure and stability in ambient condition. The high-quality, few-layer antimonene monocrystalline polygons can be synthesized on various substrates, including flexible ones, via van der Waals epitaxy growth. Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy reveal that the obtained antimonene polygons have buckled rhombohedral atomic structure, consistent with the theoretically predicted most stable β-phase allotrope. The very high stability of antimonenes was observed after aging in air for 30 days. First-principle and molecular dynamics simulation results confirmed that compared with phosphorene, antimonene is less likely to be oxidized and possesses higher thermodynamic stability in oxygen atmosphere at room temperature. Moreover, antimonene polygons show high electrical conductivity up to 104 S m-1 and good optical transparency in the visible light range, promising in transparent conductive electrode applications.

  18. An introduction to the Dieterici Equation and the van der Waal Equation

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    Sheldon, John

    2003-11-01

    The derivation of the ideal gas law by using the kinetic theory of gases is usually presented in an undergraduate physics thermodynamics texts and physical chemistry texts. Following these derivations is the introduction of nonideal effects and the empirical equations of state: the van der Waals equation and the Dieterici equation. These are sometimes are simply given without comment as to the origin of the terms in them. An introduction to a "derivation" of these equations, appropriate for the undergraduate thermodynamics course, is given herein. Empirical equations are not rigorously derived, but rather they are invented, the so-called derivation simply serves to make the empirical terms appear reasonable.The barometric equation is exploited to get an expression for the effective attractive molecular forces. The differential form of the barometric is derived using kinetic theory, then from the barometric equation we get the Dieterici Equation an expansion of the Dieterici Equation, yields the van der Waals Equation of state. The relationship between the empirical constants is also discussed

  19. Thermal transport in van der Waals solids from first-principles calculations

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    Lindroth, Daniel O.; Erhart, Paul

    2016-09-01

    The lattice thermal expansion and conductivity in bulk Mo and W-based transition metal dichalcogenides are investigated by means of density functional and Boltzmann transport theory calculations. To this end, a recent van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF-CX) is employed, which is shown to yield excellent agreement with reference data for the structural parameters. The calculated in-plane thermal conductivity compares well with experimental room-temperature values, when phonon-phonon and isotopic scattering are included. To explain the behavior over the entire available temperature range one must, however, include additional (temperature independent) scattering mechanisms that limit the mean free path. Generally, the primary heat carrying modes have mean free paths of 1 μ m or more, which makes these materials very susceptible to structural defects. The conductivity of Mo- and W-based transition metal dichalcogenides is primarily determined by the chalcogenide species and increases in the order Te-Se-S. While for the tellurides and selenides the transition metal element has a negligible effect, the conductivity of WS2 is notably higher than for MoS2, which may be traced to the much larger phonon band gap of the former. Overall, the present study provides a consistent set of thermal conductivities that reveal chemical trends and constitute the basis for future investigations of van der Waals solids.

  20. Two-dimensional antimonene single crystals grown by van der Waals epitaxy

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    Ji, Jianping; Song, Xiufeng; Liu, Jizi; Yan, Zhong; Huo, Chengxue; Zhang, Shengli; Su, Meng; Liao, Lei; Wang, Wenhui; Ni, Zhenhua; Hao, Yufeng; Zeng, Haibo

    2016-01-01

    Unlike the unstable black phosphorous, another two-dimensional group-VA material, antimonene, was recently predicted to exhibit good stability and remarkable physical properties. However, the synthesis of high-quality monolayer or few-layer antimonenes, sparsely reported, has greatly hindered the development of this new field. Here, we report the van der Waals epitaxy growth of few-layer antimonene monocrystalline polygons, their atomical microstructure and stability in ambient condition. The high-quality, few-layer antimonene monocrystalline polygons can be synthesized on various substrates, including flexible ones, via van der Waals epitaxy growth. Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy reveal that the obtained antimonene polygons have buckled rhombohedral atomic structure, consistent with the theoretically predicted most stable β-phase allotrope. The very high stability of antimonenes was observed after aging in air for 30 days. First-principle and molecular dynamics simulation results confirmed that compared with phosphorene, antimonene is less likely to be oxidized and possesses higher thermodynamic stability in oxygen atmosphere at room temperature. Moreover, antimonene polygons show high electrical conductivity up to 104 S m−1 and good optical transparency in the visible light range, promising in transparent conductive electrode applications. PMID:27845327

  1. Establishing consistent van der Waals volumes of polyatomic ions from crystal structures.

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    Beichel, Witali; Eiden, Philipp; Krossing, Ingo

    2013-10-07

    Based on temperature (T) dependent crystal structure data of seven organic salts, a radii-based scheme for the calculation of the van der Waals volume (V(vdw)) is analyzed. The obtained volumes (V(vdw,r), r=radius-based) are nearly T independent. An ion volume partitioning scheme is proposed by fixing the anion volumes of [Cl](-), [Br](-), [I](-), [BF(4)](-), [PF(6)](-), [OTf](-) and [NTf(2)](-). The van der Waals volumes (V(vdw,r) (+/-)) of 48 ions are established, with low standard deviations (0.2-3.6 Å(3), 0.1-4.5 % of V(vdw,r) (+/-)). The ion volumes are independent of the counterion and one crystal structure already suffices for their derivation. Correlations of the viscosity with V(vdw,r) via a Litovitz ansatz and our recently derived Arrhenius-type approach prove that these volumes are suitable for the volume-based description and prediction of IL properties. The corresponding correlation coefficient for the latter is R(2)=0.86 for 40 ILs (354 data points) in the T range of 253-373 K.

  2. van der Waals Solids from Self-Assembled Nanoscale Building Blocks.

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    Choi, Bonnie; Yu, Jaeeun; Paley, Daniel W; Trinh, M Tuan; Paley, Maria V; Karch, Jessica M; Crowther, Andrew C; Lee, Chul-Ho; Lalancette, Roger A; Zhu, Xiaoyang; Kim, Philip; Steigerwald, Michael L; Nuckolls, Colin; Roy, Xavier

    2016-02-10

    Traditional atomic van der Waals materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron-nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides have received widespread attention due to the wealth of unusual physical and chemical behaviors that arise when charges, spins, and vibrations are confined to a plane. Though not as widespread as their atomic counterparts, molecule-based two-dimensional (2D) layered solids offer significant benefits; their structural flexibility will enable the development of materials with tunable properties. Here we describe a layered van der Waals solid self-assembled from a structure-directing building block and C60 fullerene. The resulting crystalline solid contains a corrugated monolayer of neutral fullerenes and can be mechanically exfoliated. The absorption spectrum of the bulk solid shows an optical gap of 390 ± 40 meV that is consistent with thermal activation energy obtained from electrical transport measurement. We find that the dimensional confinement of fullerenes significantly modulates the optical and electronic properties compared to the bulk solid.

  3. Hydrogenic Rydberg States of Molecular van der Waals Complexes: Resolved Rydberg Spectroscopy of DABCO-N2

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    Cockett, Martin C.; Watkins, Mark J.

    2004-01-01

    The complementary threshold ionization techniques of MATI and ZEKE spectroscopy have been used to reveal well-resolved, long-lived (>10 μs) hydrogenic Rydberg series (50≤n≤98) in a van der Waals complex formed between a polyatomic molecule and a diatomic molecule for the first time. The series are observed within 50 cm-1 of the adiabatic ionization threshold as well as two core-excited thresholds corresponding to excitation of up to two quanta in the van der Waals vibra­tional mode.

  4. van der Waals-Tonks-type equations of state for hard-hypersphere fluids in four and five dimensions.

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    Wang, Xian-Zhi

    2004-04-15

    Recently, we developed accurate van der Waals-Tonks-type equations of state for hard-disk and hard-sphere fluids by using the known virial coefficients. In this paper, we derive the van der Waals-Tonks-type equations of state. We further apply these equations of state to hard-hypersphere fluids in four and five dimensions. In the low-density fluid regime, these equations of state are in good agreement with the simulation results and existing equations of state.

  5. Purification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes by annealing and extraction based on the difference in van der Waals potential.

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    Zhang, Hui; Sun, Cheng H; Li, Feng; Li, Hong X; Cheng, Hui M

    2006-05-18

    The potential energies of van der Waals interactions between two multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) as well as two carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) were calculated and compared on the basis of the continuum Lennard-Jones model. The well depth of the potential is 1 order of magnitude higher for MWNTs than for CNPs, indicating that MWNTs and CNPs can be separated from each other through polymer-induced steric stabilization. On the basis of this prediction, a novel method for the purification of MWNTs was proposed. The method involves a high-temperature annealing (2600 degrees C, 1 h) followed by an extraction treatment with a selected dispersing agent. While the annealing process evaporates the metal particles, the extraction treatment removes CNPs. The quality of the nanotubes obtained after purification was examined by laser Raman, thermogravimetric analysis, and electron microscopy observations.

  6. Sub-bandgap Voltage Electroluminescence and Magneto-oscillations in a WSe2 Light-Emitting van der Waals Heterostructure.

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    Binder, Johannes; Withers, Freddie; Molas, Maciej R; Faugeras, Clement; Nogajewski, Karol; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kozikov, Aleksey; Geim, Andre K; Novoselov, Kostya S; Potemski, Marek

    2017-03-08

    We report on experimental investigations of an electrically driven WSe2 based light-emitting van der Waals heterostructure. We observe a threshold voltage for electroluminescence significantly lower than the corresponding single particle band gap of monolayer WSe2. This observation can be interpreted by considering the Coulomb interaction and a tunneling process involving excitons, well beyond the picture of independent charge carriers. An applied magnetic field reveals pronounced magneto-oscillations in the electroluminescence of the free exciton emission intensity with a 1/B periodicity. This effect is ascribed to a modulation of the tunneling probability resulting from the Landau quantization in the graphene electrodes. A sharp feature in the differential conductance indicates that the Fermi level is pinned and allows for an estimation of the acceptor binding energy.

  7. Imaginary-frequency polarizability and van der Waals force constants of two-electron atoms, with rigorous bounds

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    Glover, R. M.; Weinhold, F.

    1977-01-01

    Variational functionals of Braunn and Rebane (1972) for the imagery-frequency polarizability (IFP) have been generalized by the method of Gramian inequalities to give rigorous upper and lower bounds, valid even when the true (but unknown) unperturbed wavefunction must be represented by a variational approximation. Using these formulas in conjunction with flexible variational trial functions, tight error bounds are computed for the IFP and the associated two- and three-body van der Waals interaction constants of the ground 1(1S) and metastable 2(1,3S) states of He and Li(+). These bounds generally establish the ground-state properties to within a fraction of a per cent and metastable properties to within a few per cent, permitting a comparative assessment of competing theoretical methods at this level of accuracy. Unlike previous 'error bounds' for these properties, the present results have a completely a priori theoretical character, with no empirical input data.

  8. Van der Waals metal-semiconductor junction: Weak Fermi level pinning enables effective tuning of Schottky barrier.

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Stradins, Paul; Wei, Su-Huai

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors have shown great potential for electronic and optoelectronic applications. However, their development is limited by a large Schottky barrier (SB) at the metal-semiconductor junction (MSJ), which is difficult to tune by using conventional metals because of the effect of strong Fermi level pinning (FLP). We show that this problem can be overcome by using 2D metals, which are bounded with 2D semiconductors through van der Waals (vdW) interactions. This success relies on a weak FLP at the vdW MSJ, which is attributed to the suppression of metal-induced gap states. Consequently, the SB becomes tunable and can vanish with proper 2D metals (for example, H-NbS2). This work not only offers new insights into the fundamental properties of heterojunctions but also uncovers the great potential of 2D metals for device applications.

  9. Van der Waals metal-semiconductor junction: Weak Fermi level pinning enables effective tuning of Schottky barrier

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Stradins, Paul; Wei, Su-Huai

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors have shown great potential for electronic and optoelectronic applications. However, their development is limited by a large Schottky barrier (SB) at the metal-semiconductor junction (MSJ), which is difficult to tune by using conventional metals because of the effect of strong Fermi level pinning (FLP). We show that this problem can be overcome by using 2D metals, which are bounded with 2D semiconductors through van der Waals (vdW) interactions. This success relies on a weak FLP at the vdW MSJ, which is attributed to the suppression of metal-induced gap states. Consequently, the SB becomes tunable and can vanish with proper 2D metals (for example, H-NbS2). This work not only offers new insights into the fundamental properties of heterojunctions but also uncovers the great potential of 2D metals for device applications. PMID:27152360

  10. Electronic structure of transferred graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures with nonzero stacking angles by nano-ARPES

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    Wang, Eryin; Chen, Guorui; Wan, Guoliang; Lu, Xiaobo; Chen, Chaoyu; Avila, Jose; Fedorov, Alexei V.; Zhang, Guangyu; Asensio, Maria C.; Zhang, Yuanbo; Zhou, Shuyun

    2016-11-01

    In van der Waals heterostructures, the periodic potential from the Moiré superlattice can be used as a control knob to modulate the electronic structure of the constituent materials. Here we present a nanoscale angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (nano-ARPES) study of transferred graphene/h-BN heterostructures with two different stacking angles of 2.4° and 4.3° respectively. Our measurements reveal six replicas of graphene Dirac cones at the superlattice Brillouin zone (SBZ) centers. The size of the SBZ and its relative rotation angle to the graphene BZ are in good agreement with Moiré superlattice period extracted from atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. Comparison to the epitaxial graphene/h-BN with 0° stacking angles suggests that the interaction between graphene and h-BN decreases with increasing stacking angle.

  11. Structural and vibrational properties of α-MoO3 from van der Waals corrected density functional theory calculations

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    Ding, Hong; Ray, Keith G.; Ozolins, Vidvuds; Asta, Mark

    2012-01-01

    Structural and vibrational properties of α-MoO3 are studied employing two recently proposed methodologies for incorporating van der Waals (vdW) contributions in density functional theory (DFT) based calculations. The DFT-D2 [S. Grimme, J. Comput. Chem.JCCHDD0192-865110.1002/jcc.20495 27, 1787 (2006)] and optB88 vdW-DFT [J. Klimeš , J. Phys.: Condens. MatterPRBMDO0953-898410.1088/0953-8984/22/2/022201 22, 022201 (2010)] methods are shown to give rise to increased accuracy in predicted lattice parameters, relative to conventional DFT methods. Calculated vibrational frequencies agree with measurements to within 5% and 10% for modes involving bonded and nonbonded interactions in this compound, respectively.

  12. Van der Waals metal-semiconductor junction: Weak Fermi level pinning enables effective tuning of Schottky barrier

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Stradins, Paul; Wei, Su -Huai

    2016-04-22

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors have shown great potential for electronic and optoelectronic applications. However, their development is limited by a large Schottky barrier (SB) at the metal-semiconductor junction (MSJ), which is difficult to tune by using conventional metals because of the effect of strong Fermi level pinning (FLP). We show that this problem can be overcome by using 2D metals, which are bounded with 2D semiconductors through van der Waals (vdW) interactions. This success relies on a weak FLP at the vdW MSJ, which is attributed to the suppression of metal-induced gap states. Consequently, the SB becomes tunable and can vanishmore » with proper 2D metals (for example, H-NbS2). This work not only offers new insights into the fundamental properties of heterojunctions but also uncovers the great potential of 2D metals for device applications.« less

  13. Van der Waals metal-semiconductor junction: Weak Fermi level pinning enables effective tuning of Schottky barrier

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Stradins, Paul; Wei, Su -Huai

    2016-04-22

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors have shown great potential for electronic and optoelectronic applications. However, their development is limited by a large Schottky barrier (SB) at the metal-semiconductor junction (MSJ), which is difficult to tune by using conventional metals because of the effect of strong Fermi level pinning (FLP). We show that this problem can be overcome by using 2D metals, which are bounded with 2D semiconductors through van der Waals (vdW) interactions. This success relies on a weak FLP at the vdW MSJ, which is attributed to the suppression of metal-induced gap states. Consequently, the SB becomes tunable and can vanish with proper 2D metals (for example, H-NbS2). This work not only offers new insights into the fundamental properties of heterojunctions but also uncovers the great potential of 2D metals for device applications.

  14. Lennard-Jones parameters for small diameter carbon nanotubes and water for molecular mechanics simulations from van der Waals density functional calculations.

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    Kaukonen, M; Gulans, A; Havu, P; Kauppinen, E

    2012-03-05

    Lennard-Jones (LJ) parameters are derived for classical nonpolarizable force fields for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and for CNT-water interaction from van der Waals (vdW) enhanced density functional calculations. The new LJ parameters for carbon-carbon interactions are of the same order as those previously used in the literature but differ significantly for CNT-water interactions. This may partially originate from the fact that in addition to pure vdW interactions the polarization and other quantum mechanics effects are embedded into the LJ-potential.

  15. Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of Multiconformational Molecules and Van Der Waals Complexes.

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    Hight Walker, Angela Renee

    1995-01-01

    With the use of a Fourier transform microwave (FTM) spectrometer, structural determinations of two types of species; multiconformational molecules and van der Waals complexes, have been performed. Presented in this thesis are three sections summarizing this research effort. The first section contains a detailed explanation of the FTM instrument. In Section II, the study of three multiconformational molecules is presented as two chapters. Finally, three chapters in Section III outline the work still in progress on many van der Waals complexes. Section I was written to be a "manual" for the FTM spectrometer and to aid new additions to the group in their understanding of the instrument. An instruction guide is necessary for home-built instruments such as this one due to their unique design and application. Vital techniques and theories are discussed and machine operation is outlined. A brief explanation of general microwave spectroscopy as performed on an FTM spectrometer is also given. Section II is composed of two chapters pertaining to multiconformational molecules. In Chapter 2, a complete structural analysis of dipropyl ether is reported. The only conformer assigned had C_{rm s} symmetry. Many transitions are yet unassigned. Chapter 3 summarizes an investigation of two nitrosamines; methyl ethyl and methyl propyl nitrosamine. Only one conformer was observed for methyl ethyl nitrosamine, but two were assigned to methyl propyl nitrosamine. Nuclear hyperfine structure and internal methyl rotation complicated the spectra. The final section, Section III, contains the ongoing progress on weakly bound van der Waals complexes. The analysis of the OCS--HBr complex identified the structure as quasi-linear with large amplitude bending motions. Five separate isotopomers were assigned. Transitions originating from the HBr--DBr complex were measured and presented in Chapter 5. Although early in the analysis, the structure was determined to be bent and deuterium bonded. The

  16. Vibronic structure of the cyclopentadienyl radical and its nonrigid van der Waals cluster with nitrogen

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    Sun, S.; Bernstein, E. R.

    1995-09-01

    Fluorescence excitation and two color mass resolved excitation spectroscopy are employed to study the D1(2A2″)←D0(2E1″) vibronic transitions of the cyclopentadienyl radical (cpd) and its van der Waals cluster with nitrogen. The radical is created by photolysis of the cyclopentadiene dimer and cooled by expansion from a supersonic nozzle. The cpd(N2)1 cluster is generated in this cooling process. Mass resolved excitation spectra of cpd are obtained for the first 1200 cm-1 of the D1←D0 transition. The excitation spectrum of cpd(N2)1 shows a complicated structure for the origin transition. With the application of hole burning spectroscopy, we are able to assign all the cluster transitions to a single isomer. The features are assigned to a 55 cm-1 out-of-plane van der Waals mode stretch and contortional (rotational) motions of the N2 molecule with respect to the cpd radical. Empirical potential energy calculations are used to predict the properties of this cluster and yield the following results: (1) the N2 molecular axis is perpendicular to the cpd fivefold axis and parallel to the plane of the cpd ring with the two molecular centers of mass lying on the fivefold ring axis; (2) the binding energy of cpd(N2)1 is 434 cm-1; and (3) the rotational motion of the N2 molecule is essentially unhindered about the cpd fivefold axis. The molecular symmetry group D5h(MS) is applied to the nonrigid cluster, and optical selection rules exclude even↔odd transitions (Δn=0, ±2, ±4,... allowed) between the different contortional levels. Tentative assignments are given to the observed contortional features based on these considerations. The barrier to internal rotation is also small in the excited state. The results for the cpd(N2)1 van der Waals cluster are compared to those for the benzene (N2)1 and benzyl radical (N2)1 clusters.

  17. Van der Waals Epitaxy of Two-Dimensional MoS2-Graphene Heterostructures in Ultrahigh Vacuum.

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    Miwa, Jill A; Dendzik, Maciej; Grønborg, Signe S; Bianchi, Marco; Lauritsen, Jeppe V; Hofmann, Philip; Ulstrup, Søren

    2015-06-23

    In this work, we demonstrate direct van der Waals epitaxy of MoS2-graphene heterostructures on a semiconducting silicon carbide (SiC) substrate under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements show that the electronic structure of free-standing single-layer (SL) MoS2 is retained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction between adjacent materials. The MoS2 synthesis is based on a reactive physical vapor deposition technique involving Mo evaporation and sulfurization in a H2S atmosphere on a template consisting of epitaxially grown graphene on SiC. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we study the seeding of Mo on this substrate and the evolution from nanoscale MoS2 islands to SL and bilayer (BL) MoS2 sheets during H2S exposure. Our ARPES measurements of SL and BL MoS2 on graphene reveal the coexistence of the Dirac states of graphene and the expected valence band of MoS2 with the band maximum shifted to the corner of the Brillouin zone at K̅ in the SL limit. We confirm the 2D character of these electronic states via a lack of dispersion with photon energy. The growth of epitaxial MoS2-graphene heterostructures on SiC opens new opportunities for further in situ studies of the fundamental properties of these complex materials, as well as perspectives for implementing them in various device schemes to exploit their many promising electronic and optical properties.

  18. Spherical-shell model for the van der Waals coefficients between fullerenes and/or nearly spherical nanoclusters.

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    Perdew, John P; Tao, Jianmin; Hao, Pan; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Csonka, Gábor I; Pitarke, J M

    2012-10-24

    Fullerene molecules such as C(60) are large nearly spherical shells of carbon atoms. Pairs of such molecules have a strong long-range van der Waals attraction that can produce scattering or binding into molecular crystals. A simplified classical-electrodynamics model for a fullerene is a spherical metal shell, with uniform electron density confined between outer and inner radii (just as a simplified model for a nearly spherical metallic nanocluster is a solid metal sphere or filled shell). For the spherical-shell model, the exact dynamic multipole polarizabilities are all known analytically. From them, we can derive exact analytic expressions for the van der Waals coefficients of all orders between two spherical metal shells. The shells can be identical or different, and hollow or filled. To connect the model to a real fullerene, we input the static dipole polarizability, valence electron number and estimated shell thickness t of the real molecule. Our prediction for the leading van der Waals coefficient C(6) between two C(60) molecules ((1.30 ± 0.22) × 10(5) hartree bohr(6)) agrees well with a prediction for the real molecule from time-dependent density functional theory. Our prediction is remarkably insensitive to t. Future work might include the prediction of higher-order (e.g. C(8) and C(10)) coefficients for C(60), applications to other fullerenes or nearly spherical metal clusters, etc. We also make general observations about the van der Waals coefficients.

  19. van der Waals-Tonks-type equations of state for hard-disk and hard-sphere fluids.

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    Wang, Xian Zhi

    2002-09-01

    Using the known virial coefficients of hard-disk and hard-sphere fluids, we develop van der Waals-Tonks-type equations of state for hard-disk and hard-sphere fluids. In the low-density fluid regime, these equations of state are in good agreement with the simulation results and the existing equations of state.

  20. Wolff algorithm and anisotropic continuous-spin models: An application to the spin-van der Waals model

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    D'onorio de Meo, Marco; Oh, Suhk Kun

    1992-07-01

    The problem of applying Wolff's cluster algorithm to anisotropic classical spin models is resolved by modifying a part of the Wolff algorithm. To test the effectiveness of our modified algorithm, the spin-van der Waals model is investigated in detail. Our estimate of the dynamical exponent of the model is z=0.19+/-0.04.

  1. Rotational Spectra and Analysis of the Argon-Monofluoropyridine Van Der Waals Complexes

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    Kamaee, Mahdi; Sun, Ming; Wijngaarden, Jennifer Van

    2013-06-01

    Chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) spectra of the van der Waals complexes of 2-fluoropyridine and 3-fluoropyridine with argon were serendipitously observed from 8-18 GHz while studying the pyridine monomers in 2011. These initial observations were used as a guide to measure the spectra of the complexes between 4 and 26 GHz using our Balle-Flygare FTMW instrument. With the higher resolution instrument, the ^{14}N quadrupole hyperfine structure was observed and analyzed. Based on our ab initio calculations (MP2/6-311++G(2d 2p)), the observed rotational spectra are consistent with a geometry such that the argon atom lies over the plane of pyridine within several degrees of the c-axis of the ring. The center of mass separation between the two moieties is between 3.5 and 3.6 Å.

  2. Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Optoelectronics Based on van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Lee, Jae Yoon; Shin, Jun-Hwan; Lee, Gwan-Hyoung; Lee, Chul-Ho

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and black phosphorous have drawn tremendous attention as an emerging optical material due to their unique and remarkable optical properties. In addition, the ability to create the atomically-controlled van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures enables realizing novel optoelectronic devices that are distinct from conventional bulk counterparts. In this short review, we first present the atomic and electronic structures of 2D semiconducting TMDCs and their exceptional optical properties, and further discuss the fabrication and distinctive features of vdW heterostructures assembled from different kinds of 2D materials with various physical properties. We then focus on reviewing the recent progress on the fabrication of 2D semiconductor optoelectronic devices based on vdW heterostructures including photodetectors, solar cells, and light-emitting devices. Finally, we highlight the perspectives and challenges of optoelectronics based on 2D semiconductor heterostructures. PMID:28335321

  3. Particles with nonlinear electric response: Suppressing van der Waals forces by an external field

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    Soo, Heino; Dean, David S.; Krüger, Matthias

    2017-01-01

    We study the classical thermal component of Casimir, or van der Waals, forces between point particles with highly anharmonic dipole Hamiltonians when they are subjected to an external electric field. Using a model for which the individual dipole moments saturate in a strong field (a model that mimics the charges in a neutral, perfectly conducting sphere), we find that the resulting Casimir force depends strongly on the strength of the field, as demonstrated by analytical results. For a certain angle between the external field and center-to-center axis, the fluctuation force can be tuned and suppressed to arbitrarily small values. We compare the forces between these particles with those between particles with harmonic Hamiltonians and also provide a simple formula for asymptotically large external fields, which we expect to be generally valid for the case of saturating dipole moments.

  4. Efficient implementation of a van der Waals density functional: application to double-wall carbon nanotubes.

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    Román-Pérez, Guillermo; Soler, José M

    2009-08-28

    We present an efficient implementation of the van der Waals density functional of Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)], which expresses the nonlocal correlation energy as a double spatial integral. We factorize the integration kernel and use fast Fourier transforms to evaluate the self-consistent potential, total energy, and atomic forces, in O(NlogN) operations. The resulting overhead, for medium and large systems, is a small fraction of the total computational cost, representing a dramatic speedup over the O(N(2)) evaluation of the double integral. This opens the realm of first-principles simulations to the large systems of interest in soft matter and biomolecular problems. We apply the method to calculate the binding energies and the barriers for relative translation and rotation in double-wall carbon nanotubes.

  5. Designed Synthesis of van der Waals Heterostructures: The Power of Kinetic Control.

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    Alemayehu, Matti B; Falmbigl, Matthias; Ta, Kim; Ditto, Jeffrey; Medlin, Douglas L; Johnson, David C

    2015-12-14

    Selecting specific 2D building blocks and specific layering sequences of van der Waals heterostructures should allow the formation of new materials with designed properties for specific applications. Unfortunately, the synthetic ability to prepare such structures at will, especially in a manner that can be manufactured, does not exist. Herein, we report the targeted synthesis of new metal-semiconductor heterostructures using the modulated elemental-reactant technique to nucleate specific 2D building blocks, control their thickness, and avoid epitaxial structures with long-range order. The building blocks, VSe2 and GeSe2 , have different crystal structures, which inhibits cation intermixing. The precise control of this approach enabled us to synthesize heterostructures containing GeSe2 monolayers alternating with VSe2 structural units with specific sequences. The transport properties systematically change with nanoarchitecture and a charge-density wave-like transition is observed.

  6. Nanocavity Integrated van der Waals Heterostructure Light-Emitting Tunneling Diode.

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    Liu, Chang-Hua; Clark, Genevieve; Fryett, Taylor; Wu, Sanfeng; Zheng, Jiajiu; Hatami, Fariba; Xu, Xiaodong; Majumdar, Arka

    2017-01-11

    Developing a nanoscale, integrable, and electrically pumped single mode light source is an essential step toward on-chip optical information technologies and sensors. Here, we demonstrate nanocavity enhanced electroluminescence in van der Waals heterostructures (vdWhs) at room temperature. The vertically assembled light-emitting device uses graphene/boron nitride as top and bottom tunneling contacts and monolayer WSe2 as an active light emitter. By integrating a photonic crystal cavity on top of the vdWh, we observe the electroluminescence is locally enhanced (>4 times) by the nanocavity. The emission at the cavity resonance is single mode and highly linearly polarized (84%) along the cavity mode. By applying voltage pulses, we demonstrate direct modulation of this single mode electroluminescence at a speed of ∼1 MHz, which is faster than most of the planar optoelectronics based on transition metal chalcogenides (TMDCs). Our work shows that cavity integrated vdWhs present a promising nanoscale optoelectronic platform.

  7. Adsorption of large hydrocarbons on coinage metals: a van der Waals density functional study.

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    Björk, Jonas; Stafström, Sven

    2014-09-15

    The adsorption of organic molecules onto the close-packed facets of coinage metals is studied, and how accurately adsorption heights can be described by using recent advances of the van der Waals density functional (vdWDF), with optPBE/vdWDF, optB86b/vdWDF, vdWDF2, and rev/vdWDF2 functionals is illustrated. The adsorption of two prototypical aromatic hydrocarbons is investigated, and the calculated adsorption heights are compared to experimental literature values from normal incident X-ray standing wave absorption and a state-of-the-art semi-empirical method. It is shown that both the optB86b/vdWDF and rev/vdWDF2 functionals describe adsorption heights with an accuracy of 0.1 Å, compared to experimental values, and are concluded as reliable methods of choice for related systems.

  8. Epitaxial 2D SnSe2/ 2D WSe2 van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    Aretouli, Kleopatra Emmanouil; Tsoutsou, Dimitra; Tsipas, Polychronis; Marquez-Velasco, Jose; Aminalragia Giamini, Sigiava; Kelaidis, Nicolaos; Psycharis, Vassilis; Dimoulas, Athanasios

    2016-09-07

    van der Waals heterostructures of 2D semiconductor materials can be used to realize a number of (opto)electronic devices including tunneling field effect devices (TFETs). It is shown in this work that high quality SnSe2/WSe2 vdW heterostructure can be grown by molecular beam epitaxy on AlN(0001)/Si(111) substrates using a Bi2Se3 buffer layer. A valence band offset of 0.8 eV matches the energy gap of SnSe2 in such a way that the VB edge of WSe2 and the CB edge of SnSe2 are lined up, making this materials combination suitable for (nearly) broken gap TFETs.

  9. Van der Waals epitaxy and characterization of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets on graphene

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    Song, Yangxi; Zhang, Changrui; Li, Bin; Ding, Guqiao; Jiang, Da; Wang, Haomin; Xie, Xiaoming

    2014-07-01

    Graphene is highly sensitive to environmental influences, and thus, it is worthwhile to deposit protective layers on graphene without impairing its excellent properties. Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), a well-known dielectric material, may afford the necessary protection. In this research, we demonstrated the van der Waals epitaxy of h-BN nanosheets on mechanically exfoliated graphene by chemical vapor deposition, using borazine as the precursor to h-BN. The h-BN nanosheets had a triangular morphology on a narrow graphene belt but a polygonal morphology on a larger graphene film. The h-BN nanosheets on graphene were highly crystalline, except for various in-plane lattice orientations. Interestingly, the h-BN nanosheets preferred to grow on graphene than on SiO2/Si under the chosen experimental conditions, and this selective growth spoke of potential promise for application to the preparation of graphene/h-BN superlattice structures fabricated on SiO2/Si.

  10. Van der Waals epitaxy and characterization of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets on graphene.

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    Song, Yangxi; Zhang, Changrui; Li, Bin; Ding, Guqiao; Jiang, Da; Wang, Haomin; Xie, Xiaoming

    2014-01-01

    Graphene is highly sensitive to environmental influences, and thus, it is worthwhile to deposit protective layers on graphene without impairing its excellent properties. Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), a well-known dielectric material, may afford the necessary protection. In this research, we demonstrated the van der Waals epitaxy of h-BN nanosheets on mechanically exfoliated graphene by chemical vapor deposition, using borazine as the precursor to h-BN. The h-BN nanosheets had a triangular morphology on a narrow graphene belt but a polygonal morphology on a larger graphene film. The h-BN nanosheets on graphene were highly crystalline, except for various in-plane lattice orientations. Interestingly, the h-BN nanosheets preferred to grow on graphene than on SiO2/Si under the chosen experimental conditions, and this selective growth spoke of potential promise for application to the preparation of graphene/h-BN superlattice structures fabricated on SiO2/Si.

  11. A bi-stable nanoelectromechanical non-volatile memory based on van der Waals force

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    Soon, Bo Woon; Jiaqiang Ng, Eldwin; Qian, You; Singh, Navab; Julius Tsai, Minglin; Lee, Chengkuo

    2013-07-01

    By using complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor processes, a silicon based bi-stable nanoelectromechanical non-volatile memory is fabricated and characterized. The main feature of this device is an 80 nm wide and 3 μm high silicon nanofin (SiNF) of a high aspect ratio (1:35). The switching mechanism is realized by electrostatic actuation between two lateral electrodes, i.e., terminals. Bi-stable hysteresis behavior is demonstrated when the SiNF maintains its contact to one of the two terminals by leveraging on van der Waals force even after voltage bias is turned off. The compelling results indicate that this design is promising for realization of high density non-volatile memory application due to its nano-scale footprint and zero on-hold power consumption.

  12. Microstructure-dependent dynamic stability analysis of torsional NEMS scanner in van der Waals regime

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    Abdi, Javad; Keivani, Maryam; Abadyan, Mohamadreza

    2016-06-01

    The physico-mechanical behavior of nanoscale devices might be microstructure dependent. However, the classical continuum theory cannot correctly predict the microstructure dependency. In this paper, the strain gradient theory is employed to examine the instability characteristics of a nanoscanner with circular geometry. The governing equation of the scanner is derived incorporating the Coulomb and van der Waals (vdW) forces. The influences of applied voltage, squeeze damping and microstructure parameters on the dynamic instability of equilibrium points are studied by plotting the phase portrait and bifurcation diagrams. In the presence of the applied voltage, the phase portrait shows the saddle-node bifurcation while for freestanding scanner a subcritical pitchfork bifurcation is observed. It is concluded that the microstructure parameter enhances the torsional stability.

  13. Communication: Multiple-property-based diabatization for open-shell van der Waals molecules

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    Karman, Tijs; van der Avoird, Ad; Groenenboom, Gerrit C.

    2016-03-01

    We derive a new multiple-property-based diabatization algorithm. The transformation between adiabatic and diabatic representations is determined by requiring a set of properties in both representations to be related by a similarity transformation. This set of properties is determined in the adiabatic representation by rigorous electronic structure calculations. In the diabatic representation, the same properties are determined using model diabatic states defined as products of undistorted monomer wave functions. This diabatic model is generally applicable to van der Waals molecules in arbitrary electronic states. Application to locating seams of conical intersections and collisional transfer of electronic excitation energy is demonstrated for O2 - O2 in low-lying excited states. Property-based diabatization for this test system included all components of the electric quadrupole tensor, orbital angular momentum, and spin-orbit coupling.

  14. Revisiting the adsorption of copper-phthalocyanine on Au(111) including van der Waals corrections.

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    Lüder, Johann; Eriksson, Olle; Sanyal, Biplab; Brena, Barbara

    2014-03-28

    We have studied the adsorption of copper-phthalocyanine on Au(111) by means of van der Waals corrected density functional theory using the Tkatchenko-Scheffler method. We have compared the element and site resolved adsorption distances to recent experimental normal-incident X-ray standing wave measurements. The measured adsorption distances could be reproduced within a deviation of 1% for the Cu atom, 1% for the C atoms, and 2% for the N atoms. The molecule was found to have a magnetic moment of 1 μB distributed over the Cu and the N atoms of the pyrrole ring. Simulated scanning tunnel microscopy images based on the total and on the spin-resolved differential charge densities are provided for bias voltages of -1.45 and 1.45 eV.

  15. Thermal electron attachment to oxygen and van der Waals molecules containing oxygen

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    Shimamori, Hiroshi; Fessenden, Richard W.

    1981-01-01

    Thermal electron attachment to O2 has been studied for pure O2 (16O2 and 18O2), O2-N2, O2-CO, and O2-n-C4H10 (16O2 and 18O2) systems at temperatures from ˜330 down to 78° K using pulse radiolysis and microwave conductivity. For pure O2, O2-N2, and O2-CO mixtures, the electron attachment rates showed three-body pressure dependences at all temperatures over the pressure range studied (PO2<10Torr, PN2<60 Torr, PCO<40 Torr). The three-body rate constant of 16O2 decreases from ˜2.4×10-30 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at 330 °K to about 0.9×10-30 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at ˜ 140 °K but unexpectedly increases again to about 1.7×10-30 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at 79 °K. Similarly, the three-body rate constant of 18O2 decreases from 5.1×10-30 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at 300 °K to 1.8×10-30 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at ˜110 °K but increases to 2.3×10-30 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at 80 °K. The three-body rate constant of N2 shows a more dramatic monotonic increase from 0.9×10-31 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at 300 °K to 9.4×10-31 cm6 molecule-2 sec-1 at 78 °K. In the case of CO, the three-body rate constant appears to have a very shallow minimum around 170 °K and again increases with further decrease of temperature. Since theory predicts a simple decrease in rate constant with reduced temperature, an extra contribution to the rate constant which increases with lowered temperature is evident. Electron attachment to the van der Waals molecules (O2)2, (O2ṡN2), and (O2ṡCO) is proposed to account for this behavior. It has been found that the dependence of the excess rate on temperature follows rather closely the predicted concentration of van der Waals molecules. Qualitatively, this observation suggests that the rate constant for electron attachment to the van der Waals molecules is only weakly dependent on temperature. The estimated rate constants for this attachment are nearly two orders of magnitude larger than for O2 itself. A discussion of possible reasons for this large increase is given

  16. 1-D Van der Waals Foams Heated by Ion Beam Energy Deposition

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    Zylstra, A; Barnard, J J; More, R M

    2010-03-19

    One dimensional simulations of various initial average density aluminum foams (modeled as slabs of solid metal separated by low density regions) heated by volumetric energy deposition are conducted with a Lagrangian hydrodynamics code using a van der Waals equation of state (EOS). The resulting behavior is studied to facilitate the design of future warm dense matter (WDM) experiments at LBNL. In the simulations the energy deposition ranges from 10 to 30 kJ/g and from 0.075 to 4.0 ns total pulse length, resulting in temperatures from approximately 1 to 4 eV. We study peak pressures and temperatures in the foams, expansion velocity, and the phase evolution. Five relevant time scales in the problem are identified. Additionally, we present a method for characterizing the level of inhomogeneity in a foam target as it is heated and the time it takes for a foam to homogenize.

  17. 1-D Van der Waals Foams Heated by Ion Beam Energy Deposition

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    Zylstra, A. B.; Barnard, J. J.; More, R. M.

    2009-12-23

    One dimensional simulations of various initial average density aluminum foams (modeled as slabs of solid metal separated by low density regions) heated by volumetric energy deposition are conducted with a Lagrangian hydrodynamics code using a van der Waals equation of tate (EOS). The resulting behavior is studied to facilitate the design of future warm dense matter (WDM) experiments at LBNL. In the simulations the energy deposition ranges from 10 to 30 kJ/g and from 0.075 to 4.0 ns total pulse length, resulting in temperatures from approximately 1 o 4 eV. We study peak pressures and temperatures in the foams, expansion velocity, and the phase evolution. Five relevant time scales in the problem are identified. Additionally, we present a method for characterizing the level of inhomogeneity in a foam target as it is heated and the time it takes for a foam to homogenize.

  18. A van der Waals-type equation of state for fluids with associating molecules

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    Heidemann, Robert A.; Prausnitz, J. M.

    1976-01-01

    The basic assumptions of van der Waals theory are contained in two well-known concepts: excluded volume (repulsive forces) and a homogeneous, isotropic field potential (attractive forces). We have superimposed on these, one more well-known concept: the existence of dimers, trimers, etc., at chemical equilibrium. With reasonable simplifying assumptions, we obtain a closed-form equation of state, applicable to all fluid densities, and potentially useful for fluids containing strongly polar or hydrogen-bonded molecules. At all temperatures and at high densities, the equation of state suggests a phase transition where, because of extensive association, a new (solid-like) phase is in equilibrium with a “normal” fluid phase. The boundary between these phases has no critical point. PMID:16592320

  19. Comparative van der Waals density-functional study of graphene on metal surfaces

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    Hamada, Ikutaro; Otani, Minoru

    2010-10-01

    We present a comparative van der Waals density-functional (vdW-DF) study of graphene adsorbed on (111) surfaces of Ni, Cu, Pd, Ag, Au, and Pt, using the second version of vdW-DF (vdW-DF2) of Lee [Phys. Rev. B 82, 081101(R) (2010)]10.1103/PhysRevB.82.081101 and the exchange functional (C09) developed by Cooper [Phys. Rev. B 81, 161104(R) (2010)]10.1103/PhysRevB.81.161104. We show that the use of the vdW-DF2 correlation together with the C09 exchange yields the most satisfactory results: Adsorption geometries of graphene are in good agreement with available experiment data, and the electronic structure of graphene varies depending on the nature of the substrate. Band-gap opening at the K point observed on the Ni(111) surface is reproduced reasonably well.

  20. Topological phase transition from trigonal warping in van der Waals multilayers

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    Zeng, Junjie; Ren, Yafei; Zhang, Kunhua; Qiao, Zhenhua

    2017-01-01

    In van der Waals multilayers of triangular lattice, trigonal warping occurs universally due to the interlayer hopping. We theoretically investigate the effect of trigonal warping upon distinctive topological phases, such as the quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) and the quantum valley Hall effect (QVHE). Taking Bernal-stacked bilayer graphene as an example, we find that the trigonal warping plays a crucial role in the formation of QAHE in a large exchange field and/or interlayer potential difference by inducing extra band inversion points at a momentum further away from the high-symmetry point. The presence of trigonal warping shrinks the phase space of QAHE and QVHE, leading to the emergence of a valley-polarized QAHE with high Chern numbers ranging from C =-7 to 7 . These results suggest that the universal trigonal warping may play an important role when the Bloch states at momenta deviated from high-symmetry points are involved.

  1. Van der waals-like isotherms in a confined electrolyte by spherical and cylindrical nanopores.

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    Aguilar-Pineda, Gabriel E; Jiménez-Angeles, Felipe; Yu, Jiang; Lozada-Cassou, Marcelo

    2007-03-01

    Electrolytes confined by spherical, cylindrical, and slit-like charged nanopores are studied. Results for ionic distribution profiles, pressures of the confined fluid, and absorption isotherms are obtained through the hypernetted chain/mean spherical approximation (HNC/MSA) integral equations theory. In spherical and cylindrical geometries, an inward, non-monotonic behavior of the pressure is found as confinement increases, implying a negative compressibility. The pressure vs volume isotherms resemble liquid-vapor van der Waals-like phase transition diagrams. This effect is correlated with a charge separation inside a spherical pore previously reported (Phys. Rev. Lett., 79, 3656, 1997). Here, the mechanism of charge separation and negative compressibility are explored in detail. When compared with the slit-like pore pressure, important qualitative differences are found.

  2. Comparative dielectric studies on two hydrogen-bonded and van der Waals liquids

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    Kaminski, K.; Wlodarczyk, P.; Hawelek, L.; Adrjanowicz, K.; Wojnarowska, Z.; Paluch, M.; Kaminska, E.

    2011-06-01

    Broadband dielectric measurements were performed in a wide range of temperatures on glucose, maltose, and their acetyl derivatives. We have indicated that molecular dynamics above and below the glass transition temperature differ considerably for the hydrogen-bonded and van der Waals systems. We have shown that structural relaxation dispersions of D-glucose and maltose are broader than those obtained for peracetyl carbohydrates. Moreover, glass transition temperatures of the former systems are much higher than for the latter ones. In the glassy state of both glucose and its acetyl derivatives only one well-separated secondary relaxation process was identified. In the case of maltose and peracetyl maltose a completely different situation was observed. In the former carbohydrate two secondary modes were detected, whereas in the latter one only a faster relaxation process was visible in the glassy state. This finding is discussed in greater detail on the basis of density functional theory calculations.

  3. Atomically thin resonant tunnel diodes built from synthetic van der Waals heterostructures

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; Ghosh, Ram Krishna; Addou, Rafik; Lu, Ning; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Zhu, Hui; Li, Ming-Yang; Peng, Xin; Kim, Moon J.; Li, Lain-Jong; Wallace, Robert M.; Datta, Suman; Robinson, Joshua A.

    2015-01-01

    Vertical integration of two-dimensional van der Waals materials is predicted to lead to novel electronic and optical properties not found in the constituent layers. Here, we present the direct synthesis of two unique, atomically thin, multi-junction heterostructures by combining graphene with the monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides: molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) and tungsten diselenide (WSe2). The realization of MoS2–WSe2–graphene and WSe2–MoS2–graphene heterostructures leads to resonant tunnelling in an atomically thin stack with spectrally narrow, room temperature negative differential resistance characteristics. PMID:26088295

  4. Strain induced piezoelectric effect in black phosphorus and MoS2 van der Waals heterostructure

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    Huang, Le; Li, Yan; Wei, Zhongming; Li, Jingbo

    2015-01-01

    The structural, electronic, transport and optical properties of black phosphorus/MoS2 (BP/MoS2) van der Waals (vdw) heterostructure are investigated by using first principles calculations. The band gap of BP/MoS2 bilayer decreases with the applied normal compressive strain and a semiconductor-to-metal transition is observed when the applied strain is more than 0.85 Å. BP/MoS2 bilayer also exhibits modulation of its carrier effective mass and carrier concentration by the applied compressive strain, suggesting that mobility engineering and good piezoelectric effect can be realized in BP/MoS2 heterostructure. Because the type-II band alignment can facilitate the separation of photo-excited electrons and holes, and it can benefit from the great absorption coefficient in ultra-violet region, the BP/MoS2 shows great potential to be a very efficient ultra-violet photodetector. PMID:26553370

  5. An oscillation free shock-capturing method for compressible van der Waals supercritical fluid flows

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    Pantano, C.; Saurel, R.; Schmitt, T.

    2017-04-01

    Numerical solutions of the Euler equations using real gas equations of state (EOS) often exhibit serious inaccuracies. The focus here is the van der Waals EOS and its variants (often used in supercritical fluid computations). The problems are not related to a lack of convexity of the EOS since the EOS are considered in their domain of convexity at any mesh point and at any time. The difficulties appear as soon as a density discontinuity is present with the rest of the fluid in mechanical equilibrium and typically result in spurious pressure and velocity oscillations. This is reminiscent of well-known pressure oscillations occurring with ideal gas mixtures when a mass fraction discontinuity is present, which can be interpreted as a discontinuity in the EOS parameters. We are concerned with pressure oscillations that appear just for a single fluid each time a density discontinuity is present. The combination of density in a nonlinear fashion in the EOS with diffusion by the numerical method results in violation of mechanical equilibrium conditions which are not easy to eliminate, even under grid refinement. A cure to this problem is developed in the present paper for the van der Waals EOS based on previous ideas. A special extra field and its corresponding evolution equation is added to the flow model. This new field separates the evolution of the nonlinear part of the density in the EOS and produce oscillation free solutions. The extra equation being nonconservative the behavior of two established numerical schemes on shocks computation is studied and compared to exact reference solutions that are available in the present context. The analysis shows that shock conditions of the nonconservative equation have important consequence on the results. Last, multidimensional computations of a supercritical gas jet is performed to illustrate the benefits of the present method, compared to conventional flow solvers.

  6. Jet-Cooled High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Small Van Der Waals SF_6 Clusters

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    Asselin, Pierre; Boudon, Vincent; Potapov, Alexey; Bruel, Laurent; Gaveau, Marc-André; Mons, Michel

    2016-06-01

    Using a pulsed slit nozzle multipass absorption spectrometer with a tunable quantum cascade laser we investigated van der Waals clusters involving sulfur hexafluoride in the spectral range near the νb{3} stretching vibration. Different sized homo-complexes were generated in a planar supersonic expansion with typically 0,5 % SF_6 diluted in 6 bar He. Firstly, several rotationally resolved parallel and perpendicular bands of (SF_6)_2, at 934,0 and 956,1 wn (#1 structure) in agreement with Takami et al. but also one band at 933,6 wn (#2 structure) never observed previously, were analyzed in light of a recent theoretical study predicting three nearly isoenergetic isomers of D2d, C2h and C_2 symmetry for the dimer. Furthermore, some broader bands were detected around 938 and 964 wn and assigned to (SF_6)_3 and (SF_6)_4 clusters on the grounds of concentration effects and/or ab initio calculations. Lastly, with 0,5 % rare gas Rg (Rg = Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe) added to the SF_6:He gas mixture, a series of van der Waals (SF_6)_2-Rg hetero-trimers were observed, which display a remarkable linear dependence of the vibrational shift with the polarizability of the rare gas atom provided that the initial SF_6 dimer structure is #2 . In the same time no transitions belonging to the binary complexes SF_6-Rg were found near the νb{3} monomer band. This result suggests a complex thermodynamics within the pulsed supersonic expansion leading to the preponderance of (SF_6)_2-Rg clusters over SF_6-Rg binary systems. R. D. Urban and M. Takami, J. Chem. Phys. 103, 9132 (1995). T. Vazhappily, A. Marjolin and K. D. Jordan, J. Phys. Chem. B, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b09419 (2015).

  7. Dynamical importance of van der Waals saddle and excited potential surface in C((1)D)+D2 complex-forming reaction.

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    Shen, Zhitao; Ma, Haitao; Zhang, Chunfang; Fu, Mingkai; Wu, Yanan; Bian, Wensheng; Cao, Jianwei

    2017-01-17

    Encouraged by recent advances in revealing significant effects of van der Waals wells on reaction dynamics, many people assume that van der Waals wells are inevitable in chemical reactions. Here we find that the weak long-range forces cause van der Waals saddles in the prototypical C((1)D)+D2 complex-forming reaction that have very different dynamical effects from van der Waals wells at low collision energies. Accurate quantum dynamics calculations on our highly accurate ab initio potential energy surfaces with van der Waals saddles yield cross-sections in close agreement with crossed-beam experiments, whereas the same calculations on an earlier surface with van der Waals wells produce much smaller cross-sections at low energies. Further trajectory calculations reveal that the van der Waals saddle leads to a torsion then sideways insertion reaction mechanism, whereas the well suppresses reactivity. Quantum diffraction oscillations and sharp resonances are also predicted based on our ground- and excited-state potential energy surfaces.

  8. Dynamical importance of van der Waals saddle and excited potential surface in C(1D)+D2 complex-forming reaction

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    Shen, Zhitao; Ma, Haitao; Zhang, Chunfang; Fu, Mingkai; Wu, Yanan; Bian, Wensheng; Cao, Jianwei

    2017-01-01

    Encouraged by recent advances in revealing significant effects of van der Waals wells on reaction dynamics, many people assume that van der Waals wells are inevitable in chemical reactions. Here we find that the weak long-range forces cause van der Waals saddles in the prototypical C(1D)+D2 complex-forming reaction that have very different dynamical effects from van der Waals wells at low collision energies. Accurate quantum dynamics calculations on our highly accurate ab initio potential energy surfaces with van der Waals saddles yield cross-sections in close agreement with crossed-beam experiments, whereas the same calculations on an earlier surface with van der Waals wells produce much smaller cross-sections at low energies. Further trajectory calculations reveal that the van der Waals saddle leads to a torsion then sideways insertion reaction mechanism, whereas the well suppresses reactivity. Quantum diffraction oscillations and sharp resonances are also predicted based on our ground- and excited-state potential energy surfaces.

  9. Dynamical importance of van der Waals saddle and excited potential surface in C(1D)+D2 complex-forming reaction

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    Shen, Zhitao; Ma, Haitao; Zhang, Chunfang; Fu, Mingkai; Wu, Yanan; Bian, Wensheng; Cao, Jianwei

    2017-01-01

    Encouraged by recent advances in revealing significant effects of van der Waals wells on reaction dynamics, many people assume that van der Waals wells are inevitable in chemical reactions. Here we find that the weak long-range forces cause van der Waals saddles in the prototypical C(1D)+D2 complex-forming reaction that have very different dynamical effects from van der Waals wells at low collision energies. Accurate quantum dynamics calculations on our highly accurate ab initio potential energy surfaces with van der Waals saddles yield cross-sections in close agreement with crossed-beam experiments, whereas the same calculations on an earlier surface with van der Waals wells produce much smaller cross-sections at low energies. Further trajectory calculations reveal that the van der Waals saddle leads to a torsion then sideways insertion reaction mechanism, whereas the well suppresses reactivity. Quantum diffraction oscillations and sharp resonances are also predicted based on our ground- and excited-state potential energy surfaces. PMID:28094253

  10. One-electron pseudopotential investigation of the RbAr and FrAr van der Waals systems

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    Dhiflaoui, J.; Berriche, H.

    2012-12-01

    The potential energy curves of the ground state and many excited states of RbAr and FrAr van der Waals systems have been determined using a one-electron pseudopotential approach. The pseudopotential technique is used to replace the effect of the Rb+ and Fr+ cores and the electron-Ar interaction. In addition a core-core interaction is included. This has permitted to reduce the number of active electrons of the RbAr and FrAr systems to only one electron, the valence electron. This has led to use very large basis sets for Rb, Fr and Ar atoms. In this context, the potential energy curves of the ground and many excited states are performed at the SCF level. The core-core interactions for Rb+Ar and Fr+Ar are included using the CCSD(T) accurate potentials of Hickling et al. [H. Hickling, L. Viehland, D. Shepherd, P. Soldan, E. Lee and T. Wright, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 6 (2004) 4233]. In addition, the spectroscopic constants of these states are derived and compared with the available theoretical works. Such comparison for RbAr has shown a very good agreement for the ground and the first excited states. However, the FrAr system was not studied previously and its spectroscopic constants are presented here for the first time.

  11. Rovibronic spectroscopy of the van der Waals complex He-HCl+

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    Dhont, G.; Chambaud, G.; Groenenboom, G. C.; van der Avoird, A.

    2004-01-01

    The potential energy surfaces and the calculated rovibronic spectrum of the electronic ground state of the van der Waals He-HCl+ cation are presented. The system is in a X2Π electronic state at linearity, which splits into an A' and an A'' state upon bending, leading to a Renner-Teller effect. Three-dimensional potential energy surfaces have been determined using the partially spin-restricted open-shell single and double excitation coupled cluster method with perturbative triples [RCCSD(T)]. The absolute minimum of a two-dimensional surface with the diatom bond length r fixed at re = 2.489 a0 is located at the linear He-HCl+ geometry with a van der Waals bond length R of 5.98 a0 and De ≃ 300 cm-1. The minimum in the full three-dimensional potential occurs for a slightly larger value of r: 2.492 a0. The rovibronic levels of the He-HCl+ complex have been computed by a variational method for total angular momenta J =1/2, 3/2, 5/2, 7/2 and 9/2. The binding energy D0 is calculated as 161.5 cm-1 using the two-dimensional potential energy surfaces with r frozen at re and as 163.5 cm-1 in full three-dimensional calculations. Owing to the large and negative value of the spin-orbit parameter in HCl+ (ASO = -648.13 cm-1), all the considered rovibronic states correspond to the |Ω| = 3/2 spin-orbit component of HCl+. The nuclear wave functions of the complex could be interpreted using the model of a slightly hindered diatomic rotor. The energy level pattern and wave functions have been compared with the more floppy Ar-OH complex on the one hand and the more rigid He-HF+ system on the other. The anisotropy of the potential energy surface of the He-HCl+ complex is intermediate between these two cases and the rovibronic states reflect this property.

  12. Tuning electronic transport in epitaxial graphene-based van der Waals heterostructures

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; Li, Jun; de La Barrera, Sergio C.; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Nie, Yifan; Addou, Rafik; Mende, Patrick C.; Wallace, Robert M.; Cho, Kyeongjae; Feenstra, Randall M.; Robinson, Joshua A.

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional tungsten diselenide (WSe2) has been used as a component in atomically thin photovoltaic devices, field effect transistors, and tunneling diodes in tandem with graphene. In some applications it is necessary to achieve efficient charge transport across the interface of layered WSe2-graphene, a semiconductor to semimetal junction with a van der Waals (vdW) gap. In such cases, band alignment engineering is required to ensure a low-resistance, ohmic contact. In this work, we investigate the impact of graphene electronic properties on the transport at the WSe2-graphene interface. Electrical transport measurements reveal a lower resistance between WSe2 and fully hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGFH) compared to WSe2 grown on partially hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGPH). Using low-energy electron microscopy and reflectivity on these samples, we extract the work function difference between the WSe2 and graphene and employ a charge transfer model to determine the WSe2 carrier density in both cases. The results indicate that WSe2-EGFH displays ohmic behavior at small biases due to a large hole density in the WSe2, whereas WSe2-EGPH forms a Schottky barrier junction.Two-dimensional tungsten diselenide (WSe2) has been used as a component in atomically thin photovoltaic devices, field effect transistors, and tunneling diodes in tandem with graphene. In some applications it is necessary to achieve efficient charge transport across the interface of layered WSe2-graphene, a semiconductor to semimetal junction with a van der Waals (vdW) gap. In such cases, band alignment engineering is required to ensure a low-resistance, ohmic contact. In this work, we investigate the impact of graphene electronic properties on the transport at the WSe2-graphene interface. Electrical transport measurements reveal a lower resistance between WSe2 and fully hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGFH) compared to WSe2 grown on partially hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGPH). Using low

  13. Interlayer Excitons and Band Alignment in MoS2/hBN/WSe2 van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    Latini, Simone; Winther, Kirsten T; Olsen, Thomas; Thygesen, Kristian S

    2017-02-08

    van der Waals heterostructures (vdWH) are ideal systems for exploring light-matter interactions at the atomic scale. In particular, structures with a type-II band alignment can yield detailed insight into carrier-photon conversion processes, which are central to, for example, solar cells and light-emitting diodes. An important first step in describing such processes is to obtain the energies of the interlayer exciton states existing at the interface. Here we present a general first-principles method to compute the electronic quasi-particle (QP) band structure and excitonic binding energies of incommensurate vdWHs. The method combines our quantum electrostatic heterostructure (QEH) model for obtaining the dielectric function with the many-body GW approximation and a generalized 2D Mott-Wannier exciton model. We calculate the level alignment together with intra- and interlayer exciton binding energies of bilayer MoS2/WSe2 with and without intercalated hBN layers, finding excellent agreement with experimental photoluminescence spectra. A comparison to density functional theory calculations demonstrates the crucial role of self-energy and electron-hole interaction effects.

  14. A van der Waals DFT study of PtH2 systems absorbed on pristine and defective graphene

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    López-Corral, Ignacio; Piriz, Sebastián; Faccio, Ricardo; Juan, Alfredo; Avena, Marcelo

    2016-09-01

    We used a density functional that incorporates van der Waals interactions to study hydrogen adsorption onto Pt atoms attached to carbon-vacancies on graphene layers, considering molecular and dissociated hydrogen-platinum coordination structures. PtH2 complexes adsorbed on several sites of pristine graphene were also studied for comparison. Our results indicate that both a Kubas-type dihydrogen complex and a classic hydride without Hsbnd H bond are the preferential PtH2 systems on the vacancy site of graphene. In contrast, the Kubas complex is unstable onto pristine graphene and the hydride is obtained at all adsorption sites. Our simulations suggest that the C-vacancy decreases the reactivity of the metal decoration, allowing a non-dissociative hydrogen adsorption. The H2 molecule is oriented almost perpendicular to the outermost Csbnd Pt bond, interacting also with the graphene surface through σ-H and π-C states. This stabilization of the Kubas-type complex could play a very important role for hydrogen storage in Pt-decorated carbon adsorbents with vacancies.

  15. Optical trapping of ultracold dysprosium atoms: transition probabilities, dynamic dipole polarizabilities and van der Waals C 6 coefficients

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    Li, H.; Wyart, J.-F.; Dulieu, O.; Nascimbène, S.; Lepers, M.

    2017-01-01

    The efficiency of the optical trapping of ultracold atoms depends on the atomic dynamic dipole polarizability governing the atom-field interaction. In this article, we have calculated the real and imaginary parts of the dynamic dipole polarizability of dysprosium in the ground and first excited levels. Due to the high electronic angular momentum of those two states, the polarizabilities possess scalar, vector and tensor contributions that we have computed, on a wide range of trapping wavelengths, using the sum-over-state formula. Using the same formalism, we have also calculated the C 6 coefficients characterizing the van der Waals interaction between two dysprosium atoms in the two lowest levels. We have computed the energies of excited states and the transition probabilities appearing in the sums, using a combination of ab initio and least-square-fitting techniques provided by the Cowan codes and extended in our group. Regarding the real part of the polarizability, for field frequencies far from atomic resonances, the vector and tensor contributions are two-orders-of-magnitude smaller than the scalar contribution, whereas for the imaginary part, the vector and tensor contributions represent a noticeable fraction of the scalar contribution. Finally, our anisotropic C 6 coefficients are much smaller than those published in the literature.

  16. Communication: Determining the structure of the N₂Ar van der Waals complex with laser-based channel-selected Coulomb explosion.

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    Wu, Chengyin; Wu, Cong; Song, Di; Su, Hongmei; Xie, Xiguo; Li, Min; Deng, Yongkai; Liu, Yunquan; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-04-14

    We experimentally reconstructed the structure of the N2Ar van der Waals complex with the technique of laser-based channel-selected Coulomb explosion imaging. The internuclear distance between the N2 center of mass and the Ar atom, i.e., the length of the van der Waals bond, was determined to be 3.88 Å from the two-body explosion channels. The angle between the van der Waals bond and the N2 principal axis was determined to be 90° from the three-body explosion channels. The reconstructed structure was contrasted with our high level ab initio calculations. The agreement demonstrated the potential application of laser-based Coulomb explosion in imaging transient molecular structure, particularly for floppy van der Waals complexes, whose structures remain difficult to be determined by conventional spectroscopic methods.

  17. Systematic study of electronic structure and band alignment of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides in Van der Waals heterostructures

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    Zhang, Chenxi; Gong, Cheng; Nie, Yifan; Min, Kyung-Ah; Liang, Chaoping; Oh, Young Jun; Zhang, Hengji; Wang, Weihua; Hong, Suklyun; Colombo, Luigi; Wallace, Robert M.; Cho, Kyeongjae

    2017-03-01

    Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are promising low-dimensional materials which can produce diverse electronic properties and band alignment in van der Waals heterostructures. Systematic density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed for 24 different TMD monolayers and their bilayer heterostacks. DFT calculations show that monolayer TMDs can behave as semiconducting, metallic or semimetallic depending on their structures; we also calculated the band alignment of the TMDs to predict their alignment in van der Waals heterostacks. We have applied the charge equilibration model (CEM) to obtain a quantitative formula predicting the highest occupied state of any type of bilayer TMD heterostacks (552 pairs for 24 TMDs). The CEM predicted values agree quite well with the selected DFT simulation results. The quantitative prediction of the band alignment in the TMD heterostructures can provide an insightful guidance to the development of TMD-based devices.

  18. van der Waals epitaxial growth of atomically thin Bi₂Se₃ and thickness-dependent topological phase transition.

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    Xu, Shuigang; Han, Yu; Chen, Xiaolong; Wu, Zefei; Wang, Lin; Han, Tianyi; Ye, Weiguang; Lu, Huanhuan; Long, Gen; Wu, Yingying; Lin, Jiangxiazi; Cai, Yuan; Ho, K M; He, Yuheng; Wang, Ning

    2015-04-08

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic-layered heterostructures stacked by van der Waals interactions recently introduced new research fields, which revealed novel phenomena and provided promising applications for electronic, optical, and optoelectronic devices. In this study, we report the van der Waals epitaxial growth of high-quality atomically thin Bi2Se3 on single crystalline hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) by chemical vapor deposition. Although the in-plane lattice mismatch between Bi2Se3 and h-BN is approximately 65%, our transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that Bi2Se3 single crystals epitaxially grew on h-BN with two commensurate states; that is, the (1̅21̅0) plane of Bi2Se3 was preferably parallel to the (1̅100) or (1̅21̅0) plane of h-BN. In the case of the Bi2Se3 (2̅110) ∥ h-BN (11̅00) state, the Moiré pattern wavelength in the Bi2Se3/h-BN superlattice can reach 5.47 nm. These naturally formed thin crystals facilitated the direct assembly of h-BN/Bi2Se3/h-BN sandwiched heterostructures without introducing any impurity at the interfaces for electronic property characterization. Our quantum capacitance (QC) measurements showed a compelling phenomenon of thickness-dependent topological phase transition, which was attributed to the coupling effects of two surface states from Dirac Fermions at/or above six quintuple layers (QLs) to gapped Dirac Fermions below six QLs. Moreover, in ultrathin Bi2Se3 (e.g., 3 QLs), we observed the midgap states induced by intrinsic defects at cryogenic temperatures. Our results demonstrated that QC measurements based on h-BN/Bi2Se3/h-BN sandwiched structures provided rich information regarding the density of states of Bi2Se3, such as quantum well states and Landau quantization. Our approach in fabricating h-BN/Bi2Se3/h-BN sandwiched device structures through the combination of bottom-up growth and top-down dry transferring techniques can be extended to other two-dimensional layered heterostructures.

  19. Strong electrically tunable MoTe2/graphene van der Waals heterostructures for high-performance electronic and optoelectronic devices

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    Wang, Feng; Yin, Lei; Wang, Zhenxing; Xu, Kai; Wang, Fengmei; Shifa, Tofik Ahmed; Huang, Yun; Wen, Yao; Jiang, Chao; He, Jun

    2016-11-01

    MoTe2 is an emerging two-dimensional layered material showing ambipolar/p-type conductivity, which makes it an important supplement to n-type two-dimensional layered material like MoS2. However, the properties based on its van der Waals heterostructures have been rarely studied. Here, taking advantage of the strong Fermi level tunability of monolayer graphene (G) and the feature of van der Waals interfaces that is free from Fermi level pinning effect, we fabricate G/MoTe2/G van der Waals heterostructures and systematically study the electronic and optoelectronic properties. We demonstrate the G/MoTe2/G FETs with low Schottky barriers for both holes (55.09 meV) and electrons (122.37 meV). Moreover, the G/MoTe2/G phototransistors show high photoresponse performances with on/off ratio, responsivity, and detectivity of ˜105, 87 A/W, and 1012 Jones, respectively. Finally, we find the response time of the phototransistors is effectively tunable and a mechanism therein is proposed to explain our observation. This work provides an alternative choice of contact for high-performance devices based on p-type and ambipolar two-dimensional layered materials.

  20. Interatomic potentials of the Hg-Kr Van der Waals molecule

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    Grycuk, T.; Czerwosz, E.

    1981-07-01

    The absorption spectrum of the Hg-Kr Van der Waals quasimolecule has been investigated in the spectral range from 250 to 1000 cm -1 about the center of the Hg 2537 Å line. The results of a careful analysis of this spectrum are presented, including the quasistatic line wings and satellites. Interatomic potentials for Hg-Kr in the ground electronic state 1o + as well as in the excited states 30 + and 31 have been deduced from the data. The ground state potential has been obtained by fitting the Maitland-Smith function to our experimental results and to some other data available in the literature. Its well depth is estimated to be 200 ± 20 cm -1. The potential curve of the 30 + excimer state for a wide range of separations has been obtained by means of the data inversion technique based on the quasistatic theory of line broadening. The well depth of this potential is found to be 430 ± 40 cm -1. A hypothesis concerning the origin of the blue satellites is proposed. The potential curve of the 31 state, determining the structure of the blue wing spectrum is also inferred.

  1. Optical Nanoimaging of Hyperbolic Surface Polaritons at the Edges of van der Waals Materials.

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    Li, P; Dolado, I; Alfaro-Mozaz, F J; Nikitin, A Yu; Casanova, F; Hueso, L E; Vélez, S; Hillenbrand, R

    2017-01-11

    Hyperbolic polaritons in van der Waals (vdW) materials recently attract a lot of attention, owing to their strong electromagnetic field confinement, ultraslow group velocities, and long lifetimes. Typically, volume-confined hyperbolic polaritons (HPs) are studied. Here we show the first near-field optical images of hyperbolic surface polaritons (HSPs), which are confined and guided at the edges of thin flakes of a vdW material. To that end, we applied scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) for launching and real-space nanoimaging of hyperbolic surface phonon polariton modes on a hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) flake. Our imaging data reveal that the fundamental HSP mode exhibits a stronger field confinement (shorter wavelength), smaller group velocities, and nearly identical lifetimes, as compared to the fundamental HP mode of the same h-BN flake. Our experimental data, corroborated by theory, establish a solid basis for future studies and applications of HPs and HSPs in vdW materials.

  2. The HeI2(ion-pair states) van der Waals complexes

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    Baturo, V. V.; Lukashov, S. S.; Poretsky, S. A.; Pravilov, A. M.; Zhironkin, A. I.

    2016-10-01

    The T-shaped HeI2 (E0g+) van der Waals complexes populated in the HeI2(E,vE = 0-2,nE = 0 ← B,19,nB = 0 ← X,0,nX) excitation pathway have been studied. Analysis of the luminescence excitation spectra as well as the I2(E0g+ → B0u+, D0u + → X0g+, and D‧2g → A‧2u) luminescence spectra themselves has been carried out. It has been shown that the I2(D → X, and D‧ → A‧) luminescence is due to HeI2(E ← B) transitions with subsequent electronic predissociation. We have determined dissociation energies of the HeI2(E,vE = 0-2) complexes, vibrational populations of the E, D states and branching ratios of vibrational and electronic predissociations. One can suppose that luminescence of the HeI2(E,vE = 0,nE = 0) complexes occurs.

  3. Unusually efficient photocurrent extraction in monolayer van der Waals heterostructure by tunnelling through discretized barriers

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    Yu, Woo Jong; Vu, Quoc An; Oh, Hyemin; Nam, Hong Gi; Zhou, Hailong; Cha, Soonyoung; Kim, Joo-Youn; Carvalho, Alexandra; Jeong, Munseok; Choi, Hyunyong; Castro Neto, A. H.; Lee, Young Hee; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional layered transition-metal dichalcogenides have attracted considerable interest for their unique layer-number-dependent properties. In particular, vertical integration of these two-dimensional crystals to form van der Waals heterostructures can open up a new dimension for the design of functional electronic and optoelectronic devices. Here we report the layer-number-dependent photocurrent generation in graphene/MoS2/graphene heterostructures by creating a device with two distinct regions containing one-layer and seven-layer MoS2 to exclude other extrinsic factors. Photoresponse studies reveal that photoresponsivity in one-layer MoS2 is surprisingly higher than that in seven-layer MoS2 by seven times. Spectral-dependent studies further show that the internal quantum efficiency in one-layer MoS2 can reach a maximum of 65%, far higher than the 7% in seven-layer MoS2. Our theoretical modelling shows that asymmetric potential barriers in the top and bottom interfaces of the graphene/one-layer MoS2/graphene heterojunction enable asymmetric carrier tunnelling, to generate usually high photoresponsivity in one-layer MoS2 device. PMID:27827360

  4. Quantum-Confined Stark Effect of Individual Defects in a van der Waals Heterostructure.

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    Chakraborty, Chitraleema; Goodfellow, Kenneth M; Dhara, Sajal; Yoshimura, Anthony; Meunier, Vincent; Vamivakas, A Nick

    2017-03-16

    The optical properties of atomically thin semiconductor materials have been widely studied because of the isolation of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). They have rich optoelectronic properties owing to their large direct bandgap, the interplay between the spin and the valley degree of freedom of charge carriers, and the recently discovered localized excitonic states giving rise to single photon emission. In this Letter, we study the quantum-confined Stark effect of these localized emitters present near the edges of monolayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2). By carefully designing sequences of metallic (graphene), insulating (hexagonal boron nitride), and semiconducting (WSe2) two-dimensional materials, we fabricate a van der Waals heterostructure field effect device with WSe2 hosting quantum emitters that is responsive to external static electric field applied to the device. A very efficient spectral tunability up to 21 meV is demonstrated. Further, evaluation of the spectral shift in the photoluminescence signal as a function of the applied voltage enables us to extract the polarizability volume (up to 2000 Å(3)) as well as information on the dipole moment of an individual emitter. The Stark shift can be further modulated on application of an external magnetic field, where we observe a flip in the sign of dipole moment possibly due to rearrangement of the position of electron and hole wave functions within the emitter.

  5. Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets

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    Liao, Yunlong; Cao, Wei; Connell, John W.; Chen, Zhongfang; Lin, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) superstructures, or vdW solids, are formed by the precise restacking of 2D nanosheet lattices, which can lead to unique physical and electronic properties that are not available in the parent nanosheets. Moiré patterns formed by the crystalline mismatch between adjacent nanosheets are the most direct features for vdW superstructures under microscopic imaging. In this article, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of hexagonal Moiré patterns with unusually large micrometer-sized lateral areas (up to ~1 μm2) and periodicities (up to ~50 nm) from restacking of liquid exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) is reported. This observation was attributed to the long range crystallinity and the contaminant-free surfaces of these chemically inert nanosheets. Parallel-line-like Moiré fringes with similarly large periodicities were also observed. The simulations and experiments unambiguously revealed that the hexagonal patterns and the parallel fringes originated from the same rotationally mismatched vdW stacking of BNNSs and can be inter-converted by simply tilting the TEM specimen following designated directions. This finding may pave the way for further structural decoding of other 2D vdW superstructure systems with more complex Moiré images. PMID:27188697

  6. Zener Tunneling and Photoresponse of a WS2/Si van der Waals Heterojunction.

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    Lan, Changyong; Li, Chun; Wang, Shuai; He, Tianying; Jiao, Tianpeng; Wei, Dapeng; Jing, Wenkui; Li, Luying; Liu, Yong

    2016-07-20

    Van der Waals heterostructures built from two-dimensional materials on a conventional semiconductor offer novel electronic and optoelectronic properties for next-generation information devices. Here we report that by simply stacking a vapor-phase-synthesized multilayer n-type WS2 film onto a p-type Si substrate, a high-responsivity Zener photodiode can be achieved. We find that above a small reverse threshold voltage of 0.5 V, the fabricated heterojunction exhibits Zener tunneling behavior which was confirmed by its negative temperature coefficient of the breakdown voltage. The WS2/Si heterojunction working in the Zener breakdown regime shows a stable and linear photoresponse, a broadband photoresponse ranging from 340 to 1100 nm with a maximum photoresponsivity of 5.7 A/W at 660 nm and a fast response speed of 670 μs. Such high performance can be attributed to the ultrathin depletion layer involved in the WS2/Si p-n junction, on which a strong electric field can be created even with a small reverse voltage and thereby enabling an efficient separation of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  7. Single Defect Light-Emitting Diode in a van der Waals Heterostructure.

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    Clark, Genevieve; Schaibley, John R; Ross, Jason; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Hendrickson, Joshua R; Mou, Shin; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2016-06-08

    Single defects in monolayer WSe2 have been shown to be a new class of single photon emitters and have potential applications in quantum technologies. Whereas previous work relied on optical excitation of single defects in isolated WSe2 monolayers, in this work we demonstrate electrically driven single defect light emission by using both vertical and lateral van der Waals heterostructure devices. In both device geometries, we use few layer graphene as the source and drain and hexagonal boron nitride as the dielectric spacer layers for engineered tunneling contacts. In addition, the lateral devices utilize a split back gate design to realize an electrostatically defined p-i-n junction. At low current densities and low temperatures (∼5 K), we observe narrow spectral lines in the electroluminescence (EL) whose properties are consistent with optically excited defect bound excitons. We show that the emission originates from spatially localized regions of the sample, and the EL spectrum from single defects has a doublet with the characteristic exchange splitting and linearly polarized selection rules. All are consistent with previously reported single photon-emitters in optical measurements. Our results pave the way for on-chip and electrically driven single photon sources in two-dimensional semiconductors for quantum technology applications.

  8. Highly Efficient and Anomalous Charge Transfer in van der Waals Trilayer Semiconductors.

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    Ceballos, Frank; Ju, Ming-Gang; Lane, Samuel D; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Zhao, Hui

    2017-03-08

    Two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides, allow the fabrication of multilayer structures without lattice matching restriction. A central issue in developing such artificial materials is to understand and control the interlayer electron transfer process, which plays a key role in harnessing their emergent properties. Recent photoluminescence and transient absorption measurements revealed that the electron transfer in heterobilayers occurs on ultrafast time scales. However, there is still a lack of fundamental understanding on how this process can be so efficient at van der Waals interfaces. Here we show evidence suggesting the coherent nature of such interlayer electron transfer. In a trilayer of MoS2-WS2-MoSe2, electrons excited in MoSe2 transfer to MoS2 in about one picosecond. Surprisingly, these electrons do not populate the middle WS2 layer during this process. Calculations showed the coherent nature of the charge transfer and reproduced the measured electron transfer time. The hole transfer from MoS2 to MoSe2 is also found to be efficient and ultrafast. The separation of electrons and holes extends their lifetimes to more than one nanosecond, suggesting potential applications of such multilayer structures in optoelectronics.

  9. Recent developments and future directions in the growth of nanostructures by van der Waals epitaxy

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    Bakti Utama, Muhammad Iqbal; Zhang, Qing; Zhang, Jun; Yuan, Yanwen; Belarre, Francisco J.; Arbiol, Jordi; Xiong, Qihua

    2013-04-01

    Here we review the characteristics of ``van der Waals epitaxy'' (vdWE) as an alternative epitaxy mechanism that has been demonstrated as a viable method for circumventing the lattice matching requirements for epitaxial growth. Particular focus is given on the application of vdWE for nonplanar nanostructures. We highlight our works on the vdWE growth of nanowire arrays, tripods, and tetrapods from various semiconductors (ZnO, ZnTe, CdS, CdSe, CdSxSe1-x, CdTe, and PbS) on muscovite mica substrates, irrespective of the ensuing lattice mismatch. We then address the controllability of the synthesis and the growth mechanism of ZnO nanowires from catalyst-free vdWE in vapor transport growth. As exemplified herein with optical characterizations of ZnO and CdSe nanowires, we show that samples from vdWE may possess properties that are as excellent as those from conventional epitaxy. With our works, we aim to advocate vdWE as a prospective universal growth strategy for nonplanar epitaxial nanostructures.

  10. van't Hoff-van der Waals osmotic pressure and energy transformers.

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    Zener, C; Levenson, W

    1983-07-01

    We find the van't Hoff relations between osmotic pressure, freezing point depression, and boiling point elevation provide a clue on how, by using salt solutions, one may lower the cost of extracting power from low-grade heat sources. In particular, the ratio of 7 between the heat of evaporation and the heat of freezing of pure water suggests a chemical system that raises 7-fold the temperature difference between heat source and heat sink, while decreasing by the same factor the heat flux. Heat exchangers dominate the cost of heat engines operating upon low-grade heat. Their area for a fixed power output is inversely proportional to the available temperature differential. Herein lies the potential for a great cost reduction. We show that the simple van der Waals concept of a gas of hard elastic spheres suffices to understand the colligative properties of salt solutions, at least up to the concentration of the eutectic composition. This concept enables us to physically interpret the thermodynamic processes during the concentration of salt solutions by evaporation and during the mixing of ice and solid salt hydrates at their eutectic temperature. These are identical to the thermodynamic processes taking place during the isothermal compression and expansion of gases in pumps and in turbines.

  11. Universal shape and pressure inside bubbles appearing in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Khestanova, E.; Guinea, F.; Fumagalli, L.; Geim, A. K.; Grigorieva, I. V.

    2016-01-01

    Trapped substances between a two-dimensional (2D) crystal and an atomically flat substrate lead to the formation of bubbles. Their size, shape and internal pressure are determined by the competition between van der Waals attraction of the crystal to the substrate and the elastic energy needed to deform it, allowing to use bubbles to study elastic properties of 2D crystals and conditions of confinement. Using atomic force microscopy, we analysed a variety of bubbles formed by monolayers of graphene, boron nitride and MoS2. Their shapes are found to exhibit universal scaling, in agreement with our analysis based on the theory of elasticity of membranes. We also measured the hydrostatic pressure induced by the confinement, which was found to reach tens of MPa inside submicron bubbles. This agrees with our theory estimates and suggests that for even smaller, sub-10 nm bubbles the pressure can be close to 1 GPa and may modify properties of a trapped material. PMID:27557732

  12. Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets.

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    Liao, Yunlong; Cao, Wei; Connell, John W; Chen, Zhongfang; Lin, Yi

    2016-05-18

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) superstructures, or vdW solids, are formed by the precise restacking of 2D nanosheet lattices, which can lead to unique physical and electronic properties that are not available in the parent nanosheets. Moiré patterns formed by the crystalline mismatch between adjacent nanosheets are the most direct features for vdW superstructures under microscopic imaging. In this article, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of hexagonal Moiré patterns with unusually large micrometer-sized lateral areas (up to ~1 μm(2)) and periodicities (up to ~50 nm) from restacking of liquid exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) is reported. This observation was attributed to the long range crystallinity and the contaminant-free surfaces of these chemically inert nanosheets. Parallel-line-like Moiré fringes with similarly large periodicities were also observed. The simulations and experiments unambiguously revealed that the hexagonal patterns and the parallel fringes originated from the same rotationally mismatched vdW stacking of BNNSs and can be inter-converted by simply tilting the TEM specimen following designated directions. This finding may pave the way for further structural decoding of other 2D vdW superstructure systems with more complex Moiré images.

  13. Electric-field tunable electronic structure in WSe2/arsenene van der Waals heterostructure

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    Zhang, Fang; Li, Wei; Dai, Xianqi

    2017-04-01

    The electronic properties of WSe2/arsenene van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure with an external electric field (Eext) are investigated by density functional theory (DFT). It is demonstrated that the WSe2/arsenene heterobilayer is a type-II vdW heterostructure, and thus electrons and holes are spatially separated. The WSe2/arsenene heterobilayer undergoes a transition from semiconductor to metal when subjected to an Eext. The positive and negative Eext have different effects on the band gap due to the spontaneous electric polarization in WSe2/arsenene heterostructure. The variation of band edges as a function of Eext provides further insight to the linear variation of the band gap. Moreover, the WSe2/arsenene vdW heterostructure experiences transitions from type-II to type-I and then from type-I to type-II with an increasing negative Eext. The present study would open a new avenue for application of ultrathin WSe2/arsenene heterobilayer in future nano- and optoelectronics.

  14. van't Hoff-van der Waals osmotic pressure and energy transformers

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    Zener, Clarence; Levenson, William

    1983-01-01

    We find the van't Hoff relations between osmotic pressure, freezing point depression, and boiling point elevation provide a clue on how, by using salt solutions, one may lower the cost of extracting power from low-grade heat sources. In particular, the ratio of 7 between the heat of evaporation and the heat of freezing of pure water suggests a chemical system that raises 7-fold the temperature difference between heat source and heat sink, while decreasing by the same factor the heat flux. Heat exchangers dominate the cost of heat engines operating upon low-grade heat. Their area for a fixed power output is inversely proportional to the available temperature differential. Herein lies the potential for a great cost reduction. We show that the simple van der Waals concept of a gas of hard elastic spheres suffices to understand the colligative properties of salt solutions, at least up to the concentration of the eutectic composition. This concept enables us to physically interpret the thermodynamic processes during the concentration of salt solutions by evaporation and during the mixing of ice and solid salt hydrates at their eutectic temperature. These are identical to the thermodynamic processes taking place during the isothermal compression and expansion of gases in pumps and in turbines. PMID:16593343

  15. Vertical electron transport in van der Waals heterostructures with graphene layers

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    Ryzhii, V.; Otsuji, T.; Ryzhii, M.; Aleshkin, V. Ya.; Dubinov, A. A.; Mitin, V.; Shur, M. S.

    2015-04-01

    We propose and analyze an analytical model for the self-consistent description of the vertical electron transport in van der Waals graphene-layer (GL) heterostructures with the GLs separated by the barriers layers. The top and bottom GLs serve as the structure emitter and collector. The vertical electron transport in such structures is associated with the propagation of the electrons thermionically emitted from GLs above the inter-GL barriers. The model under consideration describes the processes of the electron thermionic emission from and the electron capture to GLs. It accounts for the nonuniformity of the self-consistent electric field governed by the Poisson equation which accounts for the variation of the electron population in GLs. The model takes also under consideration the cooling of electrons in the emitter layer due to the Peltier effect. We find the spatial distributions of the electric field and potential with the high-electric-field domain near the emitter GL in the GL heterostructures with different numbers of GLs. Using the obtained spatial distributions of the electric field, we calculate the current-voltage characteristics. We demonstrate that the Peltier cooling of the two-dimensional electron gas in the emitter GL can strongly affect the current-voltage characteristics resulting in their saturation. The obtained results can be important for the optimization of the hot-electron bolometric terahertz detectors and different devices based on GL heterostructures.

  16. Enthalpy, geometric volume and logarithmic correction to entropy for van der Waals black hole

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    Pradhan, Parthapratim

    2016-10-01

    If the negative cosmological constant is treated as a dynamical pressure and if the volume is its thermodynamically conjugate variable then the gravitational mass can be expressed as the total gravitational enthalpy rather than the energy. Under these circumtances, a new phenomenon emerges in the context of extended phase space thermodynamics. We examine here these features for the recently discovered van der Waals (VDW) black hole (BH) (Rajagopal A. et al., Phys. Lett. B, 737 (2014) 277) which is analogous to the VDW fluid. We show that the thermodynamic volume is greater than the naive geometric volume. We also show that the Smarr-Gibbs-Duhem relation is satisfied for this BH. Furthermore, by computing the thermal specific heat we find the local thermodynamic stability criterion for this BH. It has been observed that the BH does not possess any kind of second-order phase transition. This is an interesting feature of VDW BH by its own right. Moreover, we also derive the Cosmic-Censorship-Inequality for this class of BH. In addition finally, we compute the logarithmic correction to the entropy of this BH due to the quantum fluctuations around the thermal equilibrium.

  17. An oscillation free shock-capturing method for compressible van der Waals supercritical fluid flows

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    Pantano, C.; Saurel, R.; Schmitt, T.

    2017-02-01

    Numerical solutions of the Euler equations using real gas equations of state (EOS) often exhibit serious inaccuracies. The focus here is the van der Waals EOS and its variants (often used in supercritical fluid computations). The problems are not related to a lack of convexity of the EOS since the EOS are considered in their domain of convexity at any mesh point and at any time. The difficulties appear as soon as a density discontinuity is present with the rest of the fluid in mechanical equilibrium and typically result in spurious pressure and velocity oscillations. This is reminiscent of well-knownmore » pressure oscillations occurring with ideal gas mixtures when a mass fraction discontinuity is present, which can be interpreted as a discontinuity in the EOS parameters. We are concerned with pressure oscillations that appear just for a single fluid each time a density discontinuity is present. As a result, the combination of density in a nonlinear fashion in the EOS with diffusion by the numerical method results in violation of mechanical equilibrium conditions which are not easy to eliminate, even under grid refinement.« less

  18. Esaki Diodes in van der Waals Heterojunctions with Broken-Gap Energy Band Alignment.

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    Yan, Rusen; Fathipour, Sara; Han, Yimo; Song, Bo; Xiao, Shudong; Li, Mingda; Ma, Nan; Protasenko, Vladimir; Muller, David A; Jena, Debdeep; Xing, Huili Grace

    2015-09-09

    van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions composed of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are emerging as a solid-state materials family that exhibits novel physics phenomena that can power a range of electronic and photonic applications. Here, we present the first demonstration of an important building block in vdW solids: room temperature Esaki tunnel diodes. The Esaki diodes were realized in vdW heterostructures made of black phosphorus (BP) and tin diselenide (SnSe2), two layered semiconductors that possess a broken-gap energy band offset. The presence of a thin insulating barrier between BP and SnSe2 enabled the observation of a prominent negative differential resistance (NDR) region in the forward-bias current-voltage characteristics, with a peak to valley ratio of 1.8 at 300 K and 2.8 at 80 K. A weak temperature dependence of the NDR indicates electron tunneling being the dominant transport mechanism, and a theoretical model shows excellent agreement with the experimental results. Furthermore, the broken-gap band alignment is confirmed by the junction photoresponse, and the phosphorus double planes in a single layer of BP are resolved in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the first time. Our results represent a significant advance in the fundamental understanding of vdW heterojunctions and broaden the potential applications of 2D layered materials.

  19. Non-additivity of molecule-surface van der Waals potentials from force measurements

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    Wagner, Christian; Fournier, Norman; Ruiz, Victor G.; Li, Chen; Müllen, Klaus; Rohlfing, Michael; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Temirov, Ruslan; Tautz, F. Stefan

    2014-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) forces act ubiquitously in condensed matter. Despite being weak on an atomic level, they substantially influence molecular and biological systems due to their long range and system-size scaling. The difficulty to isolate and measure vdW forces on a single-molecule level causes our present understanding to be strongly theory based. Here we show measurements of the attractive potential between differently sized organic molecules and a metal surface using an atomic force microscope. Our choice of molecules and the large molecule-surface separation cause this attraction to be purely of vdW type. The experiment allows testing the asymptotic vdW force law and its validity range. We find a superlinear growth of the vdW attraction with molecular size, originating from the increased deconfinement of electrons in the molecules. Because such non-additive vdW contributions are not accounted for in most first-principles or empirical calculations, we suggest further development in that direction. PMID:25424490

  20. A simplified Van der Waals-Platteeuw model of clathrate hydrates with multiple occupancy of cavities.

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    Martín, Angel

    2010-07-29

    In clathrate hydrates formed by small guest molecules such as H(2) or He, hydrate cavities may be occupied by clusters of several guest molecules. Multiple occupancy of cavities is important for applications of clathrate hydrates as gas storage and transportation media due to the increase of storage capacity of the material associated with multiple occupancy. Computational approaches for clathrate hydrates with multiple occupancy such as Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations or van der Waals-Platteeuw (vdW-P) models with rigorous calculations of Langmuir adsorption constants are complex and require considerable computational effort. In this work, a simplified vdW-P model for clathrate hydrates with multiple occupancy is presented. In this model, it is assumed that guest molecules inside cavities form clusters in which molecules occupy fixed positions with respect to each other. For validation of this supposition, results obtained with this model have been compared with GCMC simulations of sII He and H(2) hydrates with multiple occupancy. Results of the simplified procedure presented in this work regarding the fractional occupancy of cavities by molecular clusters agree well with GCMC simulations. The simplified vdW-P model presented in this work requires a small computational effort, equivalent to calculations with the standard vdW-P model for hydrates with single occupancy.

  1. Vertical electron transport in van der Waals heterostructures with graphene layers

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    Ryzhii, V.; Otsuji, T.; Ryzhii, M.; Aleshkin, V. Ya.; Dubinov, A. A.; Mitin, V.; Shur, M. S.

    2015-04-21

    We propose and analyze an analytical model for the self-consistent description of the vertical electron transport in van der Waals graphene-layer (GL) heterostructures with the GLs separated by the barriers layers. The top and bottom GLs serve as the structure emitter and collector. The vertical electron transport in such structures is associated with the propagation of the electrons thermionically emitted from GLs above the inter-GL barriers. The model under consideration describes the processes of the electron thermionic emission from and the electron capture to GLs. It accounts for the nonuniformity of the self-consistent electric field governed by the Poisson equation which accounts for the variation of the electron population in GLs. The model takes also under consideration the cooling of electrons in the emitter layer due to the Peltier effect. We find the spatial distributions of the electric field and potential with the high-electric-field domain near the emitter GL in the GL heterostructures with different numbers of GLs. Using the obtained spatial distributions of the electric field, we calculate the current-voltage characteristics. We demonstrate that the Peltier cooling of the two-dimensional electron gas in the emitter GL can strongly affect the current-voltage characteristics resulting in their saturation. The obtained results can be important for the optimization of the hot-electron bolometric terahertz detectors and different devices based on GL heterostructures.

  2. A van der Waals pn heterojunction with organic/inorganic semiconductors

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    He, Daowei; Yang, Ziyi; Wu, Bing; Xu, Bingchen; Zhang, Yuhan; Li, Yun; Shi, Yi E-mail: xrwang@nju.edu.cn; Wang, Xinran E-mail: xrwang@nju.edu.cn; Pan, Yiming; Wang, Baigeng; Nan, Haiyan; Luo, Xiaoguang; Ni, Zhenhua; Gu, Shuai; Zhu, Jia; Chai, Yang

    2015-11-02

    van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions formed by two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted tremendous attention due to their excellent electrical/optical properties and device applications. However, current 2D heterojunctions are largely limited to atomic crystals, and hybrid organic/inorganic structures are rarely explored. Here, we fabricate the hybrid 2D heterostructures with p-type dioctylbenzothienobenzothiophene (C{sub 8}-BTBT) and n-type MoS{sub 2}. We find that few-layer C{sub 8}-BTBT molecular crystals can be grown on monolayer MoS{sub 2} by vdW epitaxy, with pristine interface and controllable thickness down to monolayer. The operation of the C{sub 8}-BTBT/MoS{sub 2} vertical heterojunction devices is highly tunable by bias and gate voltages between three different regimes: interfacial recombination, tunneling, and blocking. The pn junction shows diode-like behavior with rectifying ratio up to 10{sup 5} at the room temperature. Our devices also exhibit photovoltaic responses with a power conversion efficiency of 0.31% and a photoresponsivity of 22 mA/W. With wide material combinations, such hybrid 2D structures will offer possibilities for opto-electronic devices that are not possible from individual constituents.

  3. A modified Wenzel model for water wetting on van der Waals layered materials with topographic surfaces.

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    Zhao, Peng; Huang, Yongfeng; Shen, Yutian; Yang, Shuo; Chen, Lan; Wu, Kehui; Li, Hui; Meng, Sheng

    2017-03-02

    A modified Wenzel model is proposed for describing the wetting behavior of van der Waals layered materials with topographic surfaces, based on the measured linear relationship between water wetting and surface roughness for high quality Bi2Se3 thin films, synthesized using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) in the optimized temperature window of 180-200 °C. The water contact angles are found to have apparent dependence on the nanoscale surface morphology, enabling film wettability as a new tool to quickly characterize the quality of atomically thin films. The water contact angle of the ideal Bi2Se3 surface is inferred to be ∼98.4°, indicating its intrinsic hydrophobic nature; however, the edge of the terrace on its surface is extremely hydrophilic, leading to easy hydrophobic/hydrophilic transitions. The atomistic mechanism is further revealed by first principles calculations. The regulated wettability is of great importance for electronic applications of Bi2Se3 and other two-dimensional materials with distinctive electronic structures.

  4. Low temperature tunneling transport in van der Waals contacted superconductor/semiconductor Schottky barriers

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    Li, Ang; Hebard, Arthur

    We present a comparative study over a large temperature range (2.5-300K) of Schottky barriers formed either by evaporation of normal metals (Au, Al) or by van der Waals contact of mechanically exfoliated under-doped high-Tc Bi-2212 flakes onto moderately doped n-type GaAs and p-type Si semiconductor substrates. Our modified barrier-inhomogeneity model applied to the thermionic emission equation gives a good description of the temperature evolution of barrier parameters, such as the zero-bias Schottky barrier height ΦSB0 (T) , the ideality factor η (T) and the flat band barrier height, as the temperature is lowered from high temperatures where thermionic emission dominates to lower temperatures where thermal field emission and field emission (direct tunneling) dominate. At low temperatures for all barriers studied, both ΦSB0 (T) and η-1 (T) are linear in temperature with zero intercepts. Direct tunneling is verified in the Bi-2212/n-GaAs barriers by the appearance of superconducting density of states curves along with an energy gap 2 Δ = 65 meV in good agreement with ARPES and scanning tunneling microscope results by other investigators. Work supported by NSF DMR #1305783.

  5. Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets

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    Liao, Yunlong; Cao, Wei; Connell, John W.; Chen, Zhongfang; Lin, Yi

    2016-05-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) superstructures, or vdW solids, are formed by the precise restacking of 2D nanosheet lattices, which can lead to unique physical and electronic properties that are not available in the parent nanosheets. Moiré patterns formed by the crystalline mismatch between adjacent nanosheets are the most direct features for vdW superstructures under microscopic imaging. In this article, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of hexagonal Moiré patterns with unusually large micrometer-sized lateral areas (up to ~1 μm2) and periodicities (up to ~50 nm) from restacking of liquid exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) is reported. This observation was attributed to the long range crystallinity and the contaminant-free surfaces of these chemically inert nanosheets. Parallel-line-like Moiré fringes with similarly large periodicities were also observed. The simulations and experiments unambiguously revealed that the hexagonal patterns and the parallel fringes originated from the same rotationally mismatched vdW stacking of BNNSs and can be inter-converted by simply tilting the TEM specimen following designated directions. This finding may pave the way for further structural decoding of other 2D vdW superstructure systems with more complex Moiré images.

  6. Spectroscopic and ab initio study of the open-shell Xe-O2 van der Waals Complex

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    Wen, Qing; Jäger, Wolfgang

    2007-06-01

    Rotational spectra of the open-shell Xe-O2 van der Waals complex were recorded using a pulsed-nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. Magnetic hyperfine structure arising from the earth's magnetic field was observed and reduced by mounting Helmholtz coils on to the sample chamber. Several spectral lines measured in the in the 4-18 GHz region were assigned to transitions within the φ = 0 spin component of the ^3σ^- electronic ground state. Transitions within the φ=±1 spin components were not observed because of the small population in these levels. The hyperfine structures due to Fermi contact coupling between the electron spin of O2 (S = l) and the ^129Xe nuclear spin (I = 1/2) were detected and analyzed. The determined spectroscopic constants, including the Fermi contact coupling constant, were used to derive information about the electronic and geometric structure of the complex. The experimental data were complemented by the construction of an ab initio potential energy surface at the RCCSD(T) level of theory. The results provide detailed insight into the intermolecular interaction between Xe and paramagnetic oxygen. This may help to understand the relaxation mechanism of hyperpolarized ^129Xe in human blood in in vivo magnetic resonance imaging experiments.

  7. Communication: Accurate higher-order van der Waals coefficients between molecules from a model dynamic multipole polarizability

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    Tao, Jianmin; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2016-01-21

    Due to the absence of the long-range van der Waals (vdW) interaction, conventional density functional theory (DFT) often fails in the description of molecular complexes and solids. In recent years, considerable progress has been made in the development of the vdW correction. However, the vdW correction based on the leading-order coefficient C{sub 6} alone can only achieve limited accuracy, while accurate modeling of higher-order coefficients remains a formidable task, due to the strong non-additivity effect. Here, we apply a model dynamic multipole polarizability within a modified single-frequency approximation to calculate C{sub 8} and C{sub 10} between small molecules. We find that the higher-order vdW coefficients from this model can achieve remarkable accuracy, with mean absolute relative deviations of 5% for C{sub 8} and 7% for C{sub 10}. Inclusion of accurate higher-order contributions in the vdW correction will effectively enhance the predictive power of DFT in condensed matter physics and quantum chemistry.

  8. Theoretical study of the electronic excitations of free-base porphyrin-Ar2 van der Waals complexes

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    Fukuda, Ryoichi; Ehara, Masahiro

    2013-08-01

    The intermolecular interaction of free-base porphine (FBP)-Ar2 and free-base tetraazaporphyrin (FBPz)-Ar2 van der Waals (vdW) complexes was calculated in the ground state and vertical excitations that correspond to the Q- and B-bands using the many-body wavefunction theory of the symmetry-adapted cluster-configuration interaction (SAC-CI) method and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). For the 11B3u state of FBP-Ar2 a blueshift (high-energy shift) of excitation energy was calculated using the SAC-CI method; such a blueshift was not obtained by TDDFT calculations. This calculated blueshift corresponds to the experimentally observed blueshift in the Qx-band of FBP for FBP-Arn complexes. For FBPz-Ar2, blueshifts of the Q-band were not obtained using SAC-CI and TDDFT. These behaviors of the energy shift of the Q-bands could not be explained by the point dipole-point dipole interaction model. Large redshifts (low-energy shift) were obtained for the B-band states (21B3u and 21B2u) of FBP and FBPz. The energy shift showed the inverse sixth-power dependence on the intermolecular distance. The point dipole-point dipole interaction model can describe the redshift of the B-band. For the excited states that exhibit large redshifts, the TDDFT can qualitatively describe the vdW interaction in the excited states by supermolecular calculations. The solvatochromic shifts for FBP and FBPz in an Ar matrix were examined by the linear-response polarizable continuum model and TDDFT. The magnitude of calculated solvatochromic redshifts is proportional to the square of the transition dipole moment.

  9. Two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy of van der Waals complexes: fluorobenzene-Ar(n) (n = 1,2).

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    Gascooke, Jason R; Alexander, Ula N; Lawrance, Warren D

    2012-04-07

    The technique of two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence (2D-LIF) spectroscopy has been used to observe the van der Waals complexes fluorobenzene-Ar and fluorobenzene-Ar(2) in the region of their S(1)-S(0) electronic origins. The 2D-LIF spectral images reveal a number of features assigned to the van der Waals vibrations in S(0) and S(1). An advantage of 2D-LIF spectroscopy is that the LIF spectrum associated with a particular species may be extracted from an image. This is illustrated for fluorobenzene-Ar. The S(1) van der Waals modes observed in this spectrum are consistent with previous observations using mass resolved resonance enhanced multiphoton ionisation techniques. For S(0), the two bending modes previously observed using a Raman technique were observed along with three new levels. These agree exceptionally well with ab initio calculations. The Fermi resonance between the stretch and bend overtone has been analysed in both the S(0) and S(1) states, revealing that the coupling is stronger in S(0) than in S(1). For fluorobenzene-Ar(2) the 2D-LIF spectral image reveals the S(0) symmetric stretch van der Waals vibration to be 35.0 cm(-1), closely matching the value predicted based on the fluorobenzene-Ar van der Waals stretch frequency. Rotational band contour analysis has been performed on the fluorobenzene-Ar 0(0)(0) transition to yield a set of S(1) rotational constants A' = 0.05871 ± 0.00014 cm(-1), B' = 0.03803 ± 0.00010 cm(-1), and C' = 0.03103 ± 0.00003 cm(-1). The rotational constants imply that in the S(1) 0(0) level the Ar is on average 3.488 Å from the fluorobenzene centre of mass and displaced from it towards the centre of the ring at an angle of ~6° to the normal. The rotational contour for fluorobenzene-Ar(2) was predicted using rotational constants calculated on the basis of the fluorobenzene-Ar geometry and compared with the experimental contour. The comparison is poor which, while due in part to expected saturation effects, suggests

  10. Two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy of van der Waals complexes: Fluorobenzene-Arn (n = 1,2)

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    Gascooke, Jason R.; Alexander, Ula N.; Lawrance, Warren D.

    2012-04-01

    The technique of two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence (2D-LIF) spectroscopy has been used to observe the van der Waals complexes fluorobenzene-Ar and fluorobenzene-Ar2 in the region of their S1-S0 electronic origins. The 2D-LIF spectral images reveal a number of features assigned to the van der Waals vibrations in S0 and S1. An advantage of 2D-LIF spectroscopy is that the LIF spectrum associated with a particular species may be extracted from an image. This is illustrated for fluorobenzene-Ar. The S1 van der Waals modes observed in this spectrum are consistent with previous observations using mass resolved resonance enhanced multiphoton ionisation techniques. For S0, the two bending modes previously observed using a Raman technique were observed along with three new levels. These agree exceptionally well with ab initio calculations. The Fermi resonance between the stretch and bend overtone has been analysed in both the S0 and S1 states, revealing that the coupling is stronger in S0 than in S1. For fluorobenzene-Ar2 the 2D-LIF spectral image reveals the S0 symmetric stretch van der Waals vibration to be 35.0 cm-1, closely matching the value predicted based on the fluorobenzene-Ar van der Waals stretch frequency. Rotational band contour analysis has been performed on the fluorobenzene-Ar overline {0_0^0 } transition to yield a set of S1 rotational constants A' = 0.05871 ± 0.00014 cm-1, B' = 0.03803 ± 0.00010 cm-1, and C' = 0.03103 ± 0.00003 cm-1. The rotational constants imply that in the S1 00 level the Ar is on average 3.488 Å from the fluorobenzene centre of mass and displaced from it towards the centre of the ring at an angle of ˜6° to the normal. The rotational contour for fluorobenzene-Ar2 was predicted using rotational constants calculated on the basis of the fluorobenzene-Ar geometry and compared with the experimental contour. The comparison is poor which, while due in part to expected saturation effects, suggests the presence of another band

  11. TiO2 anatase's bulk and (001) surface, structural and electronic properties: A DFT study on the importance of Hubbard and van der Waals contributions

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    Araujo-Lopez, Eduard; Varilla, Luis Alcala; Seriani, Nicola; Montoya, Javier A.

    2016-11-01

    Theoretical ab initio studies done so far on the structural properties of the titanium dioxide anatase (001) surface, have not reported simultaneously the complete set of cell and interatomic parameters for this system or its bulk. Here we present a complete report of these quantities within a spin polarized Density Functional Theory calculation, including also the Hubbard term and the van der Waals dispersion contribution. We show that within this approach it is possible to find a description of TiO2 anatase using DFT, that correlates better with experimental results than most theoretical studies reported previously. This good level of agreement has an advantage with respect to other very accurate studies which have performed computationally expensive calculations involving hybrid functionals, in that our method tends to be faster while also including the van der Waals dispersion contributions in addition to the treatment of correlations. The observed high-quality description of a system like TiO2 within this approach is important and encouraging; specially because it treats properly a d-shell element that is possibly going to have, for many applications of interest, long-range interaction with molecules, e.g. in studies of photocatalysis, where one needs all the relevant physics of the system to be included. We support this claim with an example of the effects that long-range interactions have on a CO2 molecule at the (001) surface.

  12. van der Waals force-induced loading of proangiogenic nanoparticles on microbubbles for enhanced neovascularization

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    Chen, Jinrong; Lee, Min Kyung; Qin, Ellen; Misra, Sanjay; Kong, Hyunjoon

    2015-10-01

    Nanoparticles emerged as carriers of promising diagnostic and therapeutic molecules due to their unique size, injectability, and potential to sustainably release molecular cargos. However, with local injection of particles into target tissue, the significant particle loss caused by external biomechanical forces is a great challenge yet to be resolved to date. We hypothesized that nanoparticles associated with tissue-adherent microbubbles in the form of core-shell particles due to van der Waals attractive forces would stably remain on an implanted site and significantly increase therapeutic efficacy of drug cargos. To examine this hypothesis, we used 100 nm diameter nanoparticles made of poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) as a model nanoparticle and 50 μm diameter microbubbles made of poly(2-hydroxyethyl aspartamide) (PHEA) grafted with octadecyl chains, PHEA-g-C18, as a model microbubble. Simple mixing of PLGA nanoparticles and PHEA-g-C18 microbubbles resulted in the core-shell particles. Following implantation, the PHEA-g-C18 microbubbles acted as glue to minimize the displacement of PLGA nanoparticles, because of the association between the octadecyl chains on PHEA-g-C18 and the epithelium of the tissue. As a consequence, the core-shell particles prepared with Angiopoietin-1 (Ang1)-encapsulated PLGA nanoparticles significantly promoted vascularization in the implanted tissue. Overall, the results of this study provide a simple but advanced strategy for improving therapeutic efficacy of drug-carrying nanoparticles without altering their surface chemistry and potential.Nanoparticles emerged as carriers of promising diagnostic and therapeutic molecules due to their unique size, injectability, and potential to sustainably release molecular cargos. However, with local injection of particles into target tissue, the significant particle loss caused by external biomechanical forces is a great challenge yet to be resolved to date. We hypothesized that nanoparticles

  13. Mechanistic Origin of the Ultrastrong Adhesion between Graphene and a-SiO2: Beyond van der Waals.

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Parks, David; Kamrin, Ken

    2016-07-26

    The origin of the ultrastrong adhesion between graphene and a-SiO2 has remained a mystery. This adhesion is believed to be predominantly van der Waals (vdW) in nature. By rigorously analyzing recently reported blistering and nanoindentation experiments, we show that the ultrastrong adhesion between graphene and a-SiO2 cannot be attributed to vdW forces alone. Our analyses show that the fracture toughness of the graphene/a-SiO2 interface, when the interfacial adhesion is modeled with vdW forces alone, is anomalously weak compared to the measured values. The anomaly is related to an ultrasmall fracture process zone (FPZ): owing to the lack of a third dimension in graphene, the FPZ for the graphene/a-SiO2 interface is extremely small, and the combination of predominantly tensile vdW forces, distributed over such a small area, is bound to result in a correspondingly small interfacial fracture toughness. Through multiscale modeling, combining the results of finite element analysis and molecular dynamics simulations, we show that the adhesion between graphene and a-SiO2 involves two different kinds of interactions: one, a weak, long-range interaction arising from vdW adhesion and, second, discrete, short-range interactions originating from graphene clinging to the undercoordinated Si (≡Si·) and the nonbridging O (≡Si-O·) defects on a-SiO2. A strong resistance to relative opening and sliding provided by the latter mechanism is identified as the operative mechanism responsible for the ultrastrong adhesion between graphene and a-SiO2.

  14. van der Waals epitaxy of CdTe thin film on graphene

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    Mohanty, Dibyajyoti; Xie, Weiyu; Wang, Yiping; Lu, Zonghuan; Shi, Jian; Zhang, Shengbai; Wang, Gwo-Ching; Lu, Toh-Ming; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2016-10-01

    van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE) facilitates the epitaxial growth of materials having a large lattice mismatch with the substrate. Although vdWE of two-dimensional (2D) materials on 2D materials have been extensively studied, the vdWE for three-dimensional (3D) materials on 2D substrates remains a challenge. It is perceived that a 2D substrate passes little information to dictate the 3D growth. In this article, we demonstrated the vdWE growth of the CdTe(111) thin film on a graphene buffered SiO2/Si substrate using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technique, despite a 46% large lattice mismatch between CdTe and graphene and a symmetry change from cubic to hexagonal. Our CdTe films produce a very narrow X-ray rocking curve, and the X-ray pole figure analysis showed 12 CdTe (111) peaks at a chi angle of 70°. This was attributed to two sets of parallel epitaxy of CdTe on graphene with a 30° relative orientation giving rise to a 12-fold symmetry in the pole figure. First-principles calculations reveal that, despite the relatively small energy differences, the graphene buffer layer does pass epitaxial information to CdTe as the parallel epitaxy, obtained in the experiment, is energetically favored. The work paves a way for the growth of high quality CdTe film on a large area as well as on the amorphous substrates.

  15. Thermal transport across carbon nanotube-graphene covalent and van der Waals junctions

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    Shi, Jingjing; Dong, Yalin; Fisher, Timothy; Ruan, Xiulin

    2015-07-01

    Carbon nanotubes and graphene are promising materials for thermal management applications due to their high thermal conductivities. However, their thermal properties are anisotropic, and the radial or cross-plane direction thermal conductivity is low. A 3D Carbon nanotube (CNT)-graphene structure has previously been proposed to address this limitation, and direct molecular dynamics simulations have been used to predict the associated thermal conductivity. In this work, by recognizing that thermal resistance primarily comes from CNT-graphene junctions, a simple network model of thermal transport in pillared graphene structure is developed. Using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics, the resistance across an individual CNT-graphene junction with sp2 covalent bonds is found to be around 6 ×10-11 m2K/W, which is significantly lower than typical values reported for planar interfaces between dissimilar materials. In contrast, the resistance across a van der Waals junction is about 4 ×10-8 m2K/W. Interestingly, when the CNT pillar length is small, the interfacial resistance of the sp2 covalent junction is found to decrease as the CNT pillar length decreases, suggesting the presence of coherence effects. To explain this intriguing trend, the junction thermal resistance is decomposed into interfacial region and boundary components, and it is found that while the boundary resistance has little dependence on the pillar length, the interfacial region resistance decreases as the pillar length decreases. This is explained by calculating the local phonon density of states (LDOS) of different regions near the boundary. The LDOS overlap between the interfacial region and the center region of CNT increases as the pillar length decreases, leading to the decrease of interfacial region resistance. The junction resistance Rj is eventually used in the network model to estimate the effective thermal conductivity, and the results agree well with direct MD simulation data, demonstrating the

  16. Controlling Electronic Transitions in Fullerene van der Waals Aggregates via Supramolecular Assembly.

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    Das, Saunak; Herrmann-Westendorf, Felix; Schacher, Felix H; Täuscher, Eric; Ritter, Uwe; Dietzek, Benjamin; Presselt, Martin

    2016-08-24

    Morphologies crucially determine the optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors. Therefore, hierarchical and supramolecular approaches have been developed for targeted design of supramolecular ensembles of organic semiconducting molecules and performance improvement of, e.g., organic solar cells (OSCs), organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). We demonstrate how the photonic properties of fullerenes change with the formation of van der Waals aggregates. We identified supramolecular structures with broadly tunable absorption in the visible spectral range and demonstrated how to form aggregates with targeted visible (vis) absorption. To control supramolecular structure formation, we functionalized the C60-backbone with polar (bis-polyethylene glycol malonate-MPEG) tails, thus yielding an amphiphilic fullerene derivative that self-assembles at interfaces. Aggregates of systematically tuned size were obtained from concentrating MPEGC60 in stearic acid matrices, while different supramolecular geometries were provoked via different thin film preparation methods, namely spin-casting and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition from an air-water interface. We demonstrated that differences in molecular orientation in LB films (C2v type point group aggregates) and spin-casting (stochastic aggregates) lead to huge changes in electronic absorption spectra due to symmetry and orientation reasons. These differences in the supramolecular structures, causing the different photonic properties of spin-cast and LB films, could be identified by means of quantum chemical calculations. Employing supramolecular assembly, we propounded that molecular symmetry in fullerene aggregates is extremely important in controlling vis absorption to harvest photons efficiently, when mixed with a donor molecule, thus improving active layer design and performance of OSCs.

  17. Comparative study of van der Waals corrections to the bulk properties of graphite

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    Rêgo, Celso R. C.; Oliveira, Luiz N.; Tereshchuk, Polina; Da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    2015-10-01

    Graphite is a stack of honeycomb (graphene) layers bound together by nonlocal, long-range van der Waals (vdW) forces, which are poorly described by density functional theory (DFT) within local or semilocal exchange-correlation functionals. Several approximations have been proposed to add a vdW correction to the DFT total energies (Stefan Grimme (D2 and D3) with different damping functions (D3-BJ), Tkatchenko-Scheffler (TS) without and with self-consistent screening (TS  +  SCS) effects). Those corrections have remarkly improved the agreement between our results and experiment for the interlayer distance (from 3.8 to 0.1%) and high-level random-phase approximation (RPA) calculations for interlayer binding energy (from 56.2 to 0.6%). We report a systematic investigation of various structural, energetic and electron properties with the aforementioned vdW corrections followed by comparison with experimental and theoretical RPA data. Comparison between the resulting relative errors shows that the TS  +  SCS correction provides the best results; the other corrections yield significantly larger errors for at least one of the studied properties. If considerations of computational costs or convergence problems rule out the TS  +  SCS approach, we recommend the D3-BJ correction. Comparison between the computed {πz}Γ\\text{ } -splitting and experimental results shows disagreements of 10% or more with all vdW corrections. Even the computationally more expensive hybrid PBE0 has proved unable to improve the agreement with the measured splitting. Our results indicate that improvements of the exchange-correlation functionals beyond the vdW corrections are necessary to accurately describe the band structure of graphite.

  18. Comparative study of van der Waals corrections to the bulk properties of graphite.

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    Rêgo, Celso R C; Oliveira, Luiz N; Tereshchuk, Polina; Da Silva, Juarez L F

    2015-10-21

    Graphite is a stack of honeycomb (graphene) layers bound together by nonlocal, long-range van der Waals (vdW) forces, which are poorly described by density functional theory (DFT) within local or semilocal exchange-correlation functionals. Several approximations have been proposed to add a vdW correction to the DFT total energies (Stefan Grimme (D2 and D3) with different damping functions (D3-BJ), Tkatchenko-Scheffler (TS) without and with self-consistent screening (TS  +  SCS) effects). Those corrections have remarkly improved the agreement between our results and experiment for the interlayer distance (from 3.9 to 0.6%) [corrected] and high-level random-phase approximation (RPA) calculations for interlayer binding energy (from 69.5 to 1.5%). [corrected]. We report a systematic investigation of various structural, energetic and electron properties with the aforementioned vdW corrections followed by comparison with experimental and theoretical RPA data. Comparison between the resulting relative errors shows that the TS  +  SCS correction provides the best results; the other corrections yield significantly larger errors for at least one of the studied properties. If considerations of computational costs or convergence problems rule out the TS  +  SCS approach, we recommend the D3-BJ correction. Comparison between the computed π(z)Γ-splitting and experimental results shows disagreements of 10% or more with all vdW corrections. Even the computationally more expensive hybrid PBE0 has proved unable to improve the agreement with the measured splitting. Our results indicate that improvements of the exchange-correlation functionals beyond the vdW corrections are necessary to accurately describe the band structure of graphite.

  19. The van der Waals coefficients between carbon nanostructures and small molecules: A time-dependent density functional theory study.

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    Kamal, C; Ghanty, T K; Banerjee, Arup; Chakrabarti, Aparna

    2009-10-28

    We employ all-electron ab initio time-dependent density functional theory based method to calculate the long-range dipole-dipole dispersion coefficient, namely, the van der Waals (vdW) coefficient (C(6)) between fullerenes and finite-length carbon nanotubes as well as between these structures and different small molecules. Our aim is to accurately estimate the strength of the long-range vdW interaction in terms of the C(6) coefficients between these systems and also compare these values as a function of shape and size. The dispersion coefficients are obtained via Casimir-Polder relation. The calculations are carried out with the asymptotically correct exchange-correlation potential-the statistical average of orbital potential. It is observed from our calculations that the C(6) coefficients of the carbon nanotubes increase nonlinearly with length, which implies a much stronger vdW interaction between the longer carbon nanostructures compared with the shorter ones. Additionally, it is found that the values of C(6) and polarizability are about 40%-50% lower for the carbon cages when compared with the results corresponding to the quasi-one-dimensional nanotubes with equivalent number of atoms. From our calculations of the vdW coefficients between the small molecules and the carbon nanostructures, it is observed that for H(2), the C(6) value is much larger compared with that of He. It is found that the rare gas atoms have very low values of vdW coefficient with the carbon nanostructures. In contrast, it is found that other gas molecules, including the ones that are environmentally important, possess much higher C(6) values. Carbon tetrachloride as well as chlorine molecule show very high C(6) values with themselves as well as with the carbon nanostructures. This is due to the presence of the weakly bound seven electrons in the valence state for the halogen atoms, which makes these compounds much more polarizable compared with the others.

  20. Comparing van der Waals DFT methods for water on NaCl(001) and MgO(001)

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    Kebede, Getachew G.; Spângberg, Daniel; Mitev, Pavlin D.; Broqvist, Peter; Hermansson, Kersti

    2017-02-01

    In this work, a range of van der Waals type density functionals are applied to the H2O/NaCl(001) and H2O/MgO(001) interface systems to explore the effect of an explicit dispersion treatment. The functionals we use are the self-consistent vdW functionals vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, optPBE-vdW, optB88-vdW, optB86b-vdW, and vdW-DF-cx, as well as the dispersion-corrected PBE-TS and PBE-D2 methods; they are all compared with the standard PBE functional. For both NaCl(001) and MgO(001), we find that the dispersion-flavoured functionals stabilize the water-surface interface by approximately 20%-40% compared to the PBE results. For NaCl(001), where the water molecules remain intact for all overlayers, the dominant contribution to the adsorption energy from "density functional theory dispersion" stems from the water-surface interactions rather than the water-water interactions. The optPBE-vdW and vdW-DF-cx functionals yield adsorption energies in good agreement with available experimental values for both NaCl and MgO. To probe the strengths of the perturbations of the adsorbed water molecules, we also calculated water dipole moments and found an increase up to 85% for water at the MgO(001) surface and 70% at the NaCl(001) surface, compared to the gas-phase dipole moment.

  1. Comparing van der Waals DFT methods for water on NaCl(001) and MgO(001).

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    Kebede, Getachew G; Spångberg, Daniel; Mitev, Pavlin D; Broqvist, Peter; Hermansson, Kersti

    2017-02-14

    In this work, a range of van der Waals type density functionals are applied to the H2O/NaCl(001) and H2O/MgO(001) interface systems to explore the effect of an explicit dispersion treatment. The functionals we use are the self-consistent vdW functionals vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, optPBE-vdW, optB88-vdW, optB86b-vdW, and vdW-DF-cx, as well as the dispersion-corrected PBE-TS and PBE-D2 methods; they are all compared with the standard PBE functional. For both NaCl(001) and MgO(001), we find that the dispersion-flavoured functionals stabilize the water-surface interface by approximately 20%-40% compared to the PBE results. For NaCl(001), where the water molecules remain intact for all overlayers, the dominant contribution to the adsorption energy from "density functional theory dispersion" stems from the water-surface interactions rather than the water-water interactions. The optPBE-vdW and vdW-DF-cx functionals yield adsorption energies in good agreement with available experimental values for both NaCl and MgO. To probe the strengths of the perturbations of the adsorbed water molecules, we also calculated water dipole moments and found an increase up to 85% for water at the MgO(001) surface and 70% at the NaCl(001) surface, compared to the gas-phase dipole moment.

  2. Investigation of the morphology of the van der Waals surface of the InSe single crystal

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    Dmitriev, A. I.; Vishnjak, V. V.; Lashkarev, G. V.; Karbovskyi, V. L.; Kovaljuk, Z. D.; Bahtinov, A. P.

    2011-03-01

    The morphology of the (0001) van der Waals surfaces of the layered single crystal In1.03Se0.97, which were prepared using different techniques, has been investigated by scanning probe microscopy methods. It has been assumed that the van der Waals surface prepared with the use of an adhesive tape oxidizes in air due to the chemisorption of acid agents on dangling bonds of the metal and selenium. An analysis of the current-voltage characteristics of the tunneling current has shown that the composition of natural oxides represents a mixture of phases of the In2O3 oxide and wide-band-gap selenium oxides. In the InSe surface prepared by cleavage with subsequent exposure in air for approximately 2 min, the scanning with a tunneling microscope has revealed a surface ordering in the form of a corrugation of a complex profile with a fine structure. The last fact reflects the charge density redistribution after the chemisorption of gas molecules from air on this surface and its relaxation to the state with a minimum energy. Atoms of the basal plane are observed on the InSe(0001) van der Waals surface prepared by cleavage in an oxygen-free medium. The surface corrugation is absent. Point defects cause a disturbance of the periodic potential of the single crystal, which extends over a distance equal to four lattice spacings and appears as a shadowing. A technique has been proposed for producing In2O3 oxide nanostructures on the surface of the single crystal of the layered semiconductor InSe with the use of an atomic-force microscope probe as a nanoindenter. The ability of the probe to operate in gaseous and liquid media significantly extends the capabilities of the method.

  3. Direct Fabrication of Functional Ultrathin Single-Crystal Nanowires from Quasi-One-Dimensional van der Waals Crystals.

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    Liu, Xue; Liu, Jinyu; Antipina, Liubov Yu; Hu, Jin; Yue, Chunlei; Sanchez, Ana M; Sorokin, Pavel B; Mao, Zhiqiang; Wei, Jiang

    2016-10-12

    Micromechanical exfoliation of two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals materials has triggered an explosive interest in 2D material research. The extension of this idea to 1D van der Waals materials, possibly opening a new arena for 1D material research, has not yet been realized. In this paper, we demonstrate that 1D nanowire with sizes as small as six molecular ribbons, can be readily achieved in the Ta2(Pd or Pt)3Se8 system by simple micromechanical exfoliation. Exfoliated Ta2Pd3Se8 nanowires are n-type semiconductors, whereas isostructural Ta2Pt3Se8 nanowires are p-type semiconductors. Both types of nanowires show excellent electrical switching performance as the channel material for a field-effect transistor. Low-temperature transport measurement reveals a defect level inherent to Ta2Pd3Se8 nanowires, which enables the observed electrical switching behavior at high temperature (above 140 K). A functional logic gate consisting of both n-type Ta2Pd3Se8 and p-type Ta2Pt3Se8 field-effect transistors has also been successfully achieved. By taking advantage of the high crystal quality derived from the parent van der Waals bulk compound, our findings about the exfoliated Ta2(Pd or Pt)3Se8 nanowires demonstrate a new pathway to access single-crystal 1D nanostructures for the study of their fundamental properties and the exploration of their applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting.

  4. van der Waals forces and confinement in carbon nanopores: Interaction between CH4, COOH, NH3, OH, SH and single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Weck, Philippe F.; Kim, Eunja; Wang, Yifeng

    2016-04-13

    Interactions between CH4, COOH, NH3, OH, SH and armchair (n,n)(n=4,7,14) and zigzag (n,0)(n=7,12,25) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been systematically investigated within the framework of dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D2). Endohedral and exohedral molecular adsorption on SWCNT walls is energetically unfavorable or weak, despite the use of C6/r6 pairwise London-dispersion corrections. The effects of pore size and chirality on the molecule/SWCNTs interaction were also assessed. Furthermore, chemisorption of COOH, NH3, OH and SH at SWCNT edge sites was examined using a H-capped (7,0) SWCNT fragment and its impact on electrophilic, nucleophilic and radical attacks was predicted by means of Fukui functions.

  5. Beyond the Van Der Waals loop: What can be learned from simulating Lennard-Jones fluids inside the region of phase coexistence

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    Binder, Kurt; Block, Benjamin J.; Virnau, Peter; Tröster, Andreas

    2012-12-01

    As a rule, mean-field theories applied to a fluid that can undergo a transition from saturated vapor at density ρυ to a liquid at density ρℓ yield a van der Waals loop. For example, isotherms of the chemical potential μ(T ,ρ) as a function of the density ρ at a fixed temperature T less than the critical temperature Tc exhibit a maximum and a minimum. Metastable and unstable parts of the van der Waals loop can be eliminated by the Maxwell construction. Van der Waals loops and the corresponding double minimum potentials are mean-field artifacts. Simulations at fixed μ =μcoex for ρυ<ρ <ρℓ yield a loop, but for sufficiently large systems this loop does not resemble the van der Waals loop and reflects interfacial effects on phase coexistence due to finite size effects. In contrast to the van der Waals loop, all parts of the loop found in simulations are thermodynamically stable. The successive umbrella sampling algorithm is described as a convenient tool for seeing these effects. It is shown that the maximum of the loop is not the stability limit of a metastable vapor but signifies the droplet evaporation-condensation transition. The descending part of the loop contains information on Tolman-like corrections to the surface tension, rather than describing unstable states.

  6. Effect of van der Waals forces on thermal conductance at the interface of a single-wall carbon nanotube array and silicon

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    Feng, Ya; Zhu, Jie; Tang, Dawei

    2014-12-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to evaluate the effect of van der Waals forces among single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on the interfacial thermal conductance between a SWNT array and silicon substrate. First, samples of SWNTs vertically aligned on silicon substrate are simulated, where both the number and arrangement of SWNTs are varied. Results reveal that the interfacial thermal conductance of a SWNT array/Si with van der Waals forces present is higher than when they are absent. To better understand how van der Waals forces affect heat transfer through the interface between SWNTs and silicon, further constructs of one SWNT surrounded by different numbers of other ones are studied, and the results show that the interfacial thermal conductance of the central SWNT increases with increasing van der Waals forces. Through analysis of the covalent bonds and vibrational density of states at the interface, we find that heat transfer across the interface is enhanced with a greater number of chemical bonds and that improved vibrational coupling of the two sides of the interface results in higher interfacial thermal conductance. Van der Waals forces stimulate heat transfer at the interface.

  7. Hybrid van der Waals p-n Heterojunctions based on SnO and 2D MoS2.

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    Wang, Zhenwei; He, Xin; Zhang, Xi-Xiang; Alshareef, Husam N

    2016-11-01

    A p-type oxide/2D hybrid van der Waals p-n heterojunction is demonstrated for the first time between SnO (tin monoxide) (the p-type oxide) and 2D MoS2 (molybdenum disulfide), showing an ideality factor of 2 and rectification ratio up to 10(4) . The reported heterojunction is gate-tunable with typical anti-ambipolar transfer characteristics. Surface potential mapping is performed and a current model for such a heterojunction is proposed.

  8. Van der Waals corrected DFT study of adsorption of groups VA and VIA hydrides on graphene monoxide

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    Notash, M. Yaghoobi; Ebrahimzadeh, A. Rastkar

    2016-06-01

    Adsorption properties of H2O, H2S, NH3 and PH3 on graphene monoxide (GMO) nano flack are investigated using density functional theory (DFT). Calculations were carried out by van der Waals correction and general gradient approximation. The adsorption energies and charge transfer between species are obtained and discussed for the considered positions of adsorbate molecules. Charge transfer analysis show that the gas molecules act as an electron acceptor in all cases. The analysis of the adsorption energies suggest GMO can be a good candidate for the adsorption of these molecules.

  9. Modeling the adsorption of short alkanes in the zeolite SSZ-13 using "van der Waals" DFT exchange correlation functionals: Understanding the advantages and limitations of such functionals

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    Göltl, Florian; Sautet, Philippe

    2014-04-01

    The inclusion of non-local interactions is one of the large challenges in density functional theory. Very promising methods are the vdW-DF2 and BEEF-vdW functionals, which combine a semi-local approximation for exchange interactions and a non-local correlation expression. In this work we apply those functionals to model the adsorption of short alkanes in the zeolite SSZ-13. Even though results for energetics are improved with respect to other vdW-DF based methods, we still find a comparatively large error compared to high-level calculations. These errors result from approximations in the determination of the dielectric function and of the van der Waals kernel. The insights presented in this work will help to understand the performance not only of vdW-DF2 and BEEF-vdW, but all vdW-DF based functionals in various chemically or physically important systems.

  10. Density functional theory study of the interaction of vinyl radical, ethyne, and ethene with benzene, aimed to define an affordable computational level to investigate stability trends in large van der Waals complexes.

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    Maranzana, Andrea; Giordana, Anna; Indarto, Antonius; Tonachini, Glauco; Barone, Vincenzo; Causà, Mauro; Pavone, Michele

    2013-12-28

    Our purpose is to identify a computational level sufficiently dependable and affordable to assess trends in the interaction of a variety of radical or closed shell unsaturated hydro-carbons A adsorbed on soot platelet models B. These systems, of environmental interest, would unavoidably have rather large sizes, thus prompting to explore in this paper the performances of relatively low-level computational methods and compare them with higher-level reference results. To this end, the interaction of three complexes between non-polar species, vinyl radical, ethyne, or ethene (A) with benzene (B) is studied, since these species, involved themselves in growth processes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and soot particles, are small enough to allow high-level reference calculations of the interaction energy ΔEAB. Counterpoise-corrected interaction energies ΔEAB are used at all stages. (1) Density Functional Theory (DFT) unconstrained optimizations of the A-B complexes are carried out, using the B3LYP-D, ωB97X-D, and M06-2X functionals, with six basis sets: 6-31G(d), 6-311 (2d,p), and 6-311++G(3df,3pd); aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ; N07T. (2) Then, unconstrained optimizations by Møller-Plesset second order Perturbation Theory (MP2), with each basis set, allow subsequent single point Coupled Cluster Singles Doubles and perturbative estimate of the Triples energy computations with the same basis sets [CCSD(T)//MP2]. (3) Based on an additivity assumption of (i) the estimated MP2 energy at the complete basis set limit [EMP2/CBS] and (ii) the higher-order correlation energy effects in passing from MP2 to CCSD(T) at the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set, ΔECC-MP, a CCSD(T)/CBS estimate is obtained and taken as a computational energy reference. At DFT, variations in ΔEAB with basis set are not large for the title molecules, and the three functionals perform rather satisfactorily even with rather small basis sets [6-31G(d) and N07T], exhibiting deviation from the computational

  11. Density functional theory study of the interaction of vinyl radical, ethyne, and ethene with benzene, aimed to define an affordable computational level to investigate stability trends in large van der Waals complexes

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    Maranzana, Andrea E-mail: anna.giordana@hotmail.com E-mail: mauro.causa@unina.it Giordana, Anna E-mail: anna.giordana@hotmail.com E-mail: mauro.causa@unina.it Indarto, Antonius Tonachini, Glauco; Barone, Vincenzo E-mail: anna.giordana@hotmail.com E-mail: mauro.causa@unina.it; Causà, Mauro E-mail: anna.giordana@hotmail.com E-mail: mauro.causa@unina.it; Pavone, Michele E-mail: anna.giordana@hotmail.com E-mail: mauro.causa@unina.it

    2013-12-28

    Our purpose is to identify a computational level sufficiently dependable and affordable to assess trends in the interaction of a variety of radical or closed shell unsaturated hydro-carbons A adsorbed on soot platelet models B. These systems, of environmental interest, would unavoidably have rather large sizes, thus prompting to explore in this paper the performances of relatively low-level computational methods and compare them with higher-level reference results. To this end, the interaction of three complexes between non-polar species, vinyl radical, ethyne, or ethene (A) with benzene (B) is studied, since these species, involved themselves in growth processes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and soot particles, are small enough to allow high-level reference calculations of the interaction energy ΔE{sub AB}. Counterpoise-corrected interaction energies ΔE{sub AB} are used at all stages. (1) Density Functional Theory (DFT) unconstrained optimizations of the A−B complexes are carried out, using the B3LYP-D, ωB97X-D, and M06-2X functionals, with six basis sets: 6-31G(d), 6-311 (2d,p), and 6-311++G(3df,3pd); aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ; N07T. (2) Then, unconstrained optimizations by Møller-Plesset second order Perturbation Theory (MP2), with each basis set, allow subsequent single point Coupled Cluster Singles Doubles and perturbative estimate of the Triples energy computations with the same basis sets [CCSD(T)//MP2]. (3) Based on an additivity assumption of (i) the estimated MP2 energy at the complete basis set limit [E{sub MP2/CBS}] and (ii) the higher-order correlation energy effects in passing from MP2 to CCSD(T) at the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set, ΔE{sub CC-MP}, a CCSD(T)/CBS estimate is obtained and taken as a computational energy reference. At DFT, variations in ΔE{sub AB} with basis set are not large for the title molecules, and the three functionals perform rather satisfactorily even with rather small basis sets [6-31G(d) and N07T], exhibiting

  12. Toward selection of efficient density functionals for van der Waals molecular complexes: comparative study of C-H···π and N-H···π interactions.

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    Paytakov, Guvanchmyrat; Dinadayalane, Tandabany; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2015-02-19

    We have evaluated the performance of two of the recently developed density functionals (M06-2X and B2PLYP-D), which are widely used, by considering three important prototype systems, including benzene-acetylene, benzene-methane, and benzene-ammonia, possessing C-H···π or N-H···π interactions. Computational results are compared with the available experimental data. Considered density functionals are from two different classes: hybrid meta density functional (M06-2X) and double hybrid density functional (B2PLYP-D). The performance of a range of basis sets (6-31G(d), 6-31+G(d), 6-31+G(d,p), 6-311G(d,p), 6-311+G(d,p), aug-cc-pVXZ (X = D, T, Q)) with the above-mentioned two density functionals was evaluated. Comparison of the results includes Pople's basis sets versus Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets with the M06-2X and B2PLYP-D functionals considered in this study. The basis set effect on geometrical parameters, dissociation energies, and selected vibrational frequency shifts was thoroughly analyzed. We have addressed whether the counterpoise corrections with geometry optimizations and vibrational frequencies are important. Our computational study reveals that calculations carried out with smaller basis sets very well reproduce the reported experimental values of dissociation energies. The present study also shows that using the very large Dunning's correlation consistent basis set worsens the results. The necessity of including counterpoise correction for binding energies depends on the system and the type of method used. In general, vibrational frequency calculations using these DFT functionals generate characteristic red shifts for the C-H···π or N-H···π interactions in the complexes.

  13. A universal modified van der Waals equation of state. Part I: Polymer and mineral glass formers.

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    Rault, Jacques

    2014-11-01

    PVT data of glass formers (minerals and polymers) published in the literature are re-analyzed. All the polymer glass formers (PS, PVAc, PVME, PMMA, POMS, PBMA, PVC, PE, PP, PMPS, PMTS, PPG) present two main properties which have never been noted: a) the isobars P(V) have a fan structure characterized by the two parameters T* and V*; b) the isotherms verify the principle of temperature-pressure superposition for P < P*. From these properties we show that the Equation Of State (EOS) can be put on a modified van der Waals form (VW-EOS), (V - V*) = (V0 - V*)P*/(P + P*). The characteristic pressure P* and the covolume V* are T and P independent. In polymer glass formers P* and V* have same values in the α (melt) and β (glass) domains. The characteristic temperatures T* deduced from the Fan Structure of the Isobar (FSIb) above and below T(g) are different. The characteristic temperature T*(α) of the melt state is found near the Vogel temperature T0 for linear polymers and more than 100 K below T0 for atactic polymers (with pendent groups). This difference in atactic polymers (and in some low molecular weight compounds) is explained by the importance of the β motions due to the pendent groups. The independence of T0 on P is discussed. A modified VFT equation (analogous to the compensation law and Meyer-Neldel rule) giving the relaxation time τ of the α motions as a function of P and T is proposed. The fan structure of the isotherm logτ versus P is explained. It is shown that organic non-polymeric liquids (C6H12, C6H14, DHIQ, OTP, Glycerol, Salol, PDE, DGEBA), mineral glass (SiO2, Se, GeSe4, GeSe2, GeO2, As2O3 and two metallic glasses (LaCe and CaAl alloys) verify this VW-EOS with similar accuracy. The relation P* = B 0/γ B among the characteristic pressure P*, the zero-pressure modulus B0 and the Slatter-Grüneisen anharmonicity parameter γ(B0 deduced from the VW-EOS, is observed in all the glass formers.

  14. {ital Ab initio} study of the O{sub 2}(X{sup 3}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup {minus}})+Ar({sup 1}S) van der Waals interaction

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    Cybulski, S.M.; Kendall, R.A.; Chalasinski, G.; Severson, M.W.; Szczesniak, M.M.

    1997-05-01

    A potential energy surface for the Ar({sup 1}S)+O{sub 2}(X{sup 3}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup {minus}}) interaction is calculated using the supermolecular unrestricted Mo/ller{endash}Plesset (UMP) perturbation theory and analyzed via the perturbation theory of intermolecular forces. The global minimum occurs for the T-shaped geometry, around 6.7a{sub 0}. Our UMP4 estimate of the well depth of the global minimum is D{sub e}=117cm{sup {minus}1} and the related ground state dissociation energy obtained by diffusion Monte Carlo calculations is 88cm{sup {minus}1}. These values are expected to be accurate to within a few percent. The potential energy surface also reveals a local minimum for the collinear geometry at ca{approximately}7.6a{sub 0}. The well depth for the secondary minimum at the UMP4 level is estimated at D{sub e}=104cm{sup {minus}1}. The minima are separated by a barrier of 23cm{sup {minus}1}. The global minimum is determined by the minimum in the exchange repulsion in the direction perpendicular to the O{endash}O bond. The secondary, linear minimum is enhanced by a slight flattening of the electron density near the ends of the interoxygen axis. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Pressure dependent low temperature kinetics for CN + CH3CN: competition between chemical reaction and van der Waals complex formation.

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    Sleiman, Chantal; González, Sergio; Klippenstein, Stephen J; Talbi, Dahbia; El Dib, Gisèle; Canosa, André

    2016-06-01

    The gas phase reaction between the CN radical and acetonitrile CH3CN was investigated experimentally, at low temperatures, with the CRESU apparatus and a slow flow reactor to explore the temperature dependence of its rate coefficient from 354 K down to 23 K. Whereas a standard Arrhenius behavior was found at T > 200 K, indicating the presence of an activation barrier, a dramatic increase in the rate coefficient by a factor of 130 was observed when the temperature was decreased from 168 to 123 K. The reaction was found to be pressure independent at 297 K unlike the experiments carried out at 52 and 132 K. The work was complemented by ab initio transition state theory based master equation calculations using reaction pathways investigated with highly accurate thermochemical protocols. The role of collisional stabilization of a CNCH3CN van der Waals complex and of tunneling induced H atom abstractions were also considered. The experimental pressure dependence at 52 and 132 K is well reproduced by the theoretical calculations provided that an anharmonic state density is considered for the van der Waals complex CH3CNCN and its Lennard-Jones radius is adjusted. Furthermore, these calculations indicate that the experimental observations correspond to the fall-off regime and that tunneling remains small in the low-pressure regime. Hence, the studied reaction is essentially an association process at very low temperature. Implications for the chemistry of interstellar clouds and Titan are discussed.

  16. Multimodal Nonlinear Optical Imaging of MoS₂ and MoS₂-Based van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    Li, Dawei; Xiong, Wei; Jiang, Lijia; Xiao, Zhiyong; Golgir, Hossein Rabiee; Wang, Mengmeng; Huang, Xi; Zhou, Yunshen; Lin, Zhe; Song, Jingfeng; Ducharme, Stephen; Jiang, Lan; Silvain, Jean-Francois; Lu, Yongfeng

    2016-03-22

    van der Waals layered structures, notably the transitional metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and TMD-based heterostructures, have recently attracted immense interest due to their unique physical properties and potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting. Despite the recent progress, it is still a challenge to perform comprehensive characterizations of critical properties of these layered structures, including crystal structures, chemical dynamics, and interlayer coupling, using a single characterization platform. In this study, we successfully developed a multimodal nonlinear optical imaging method to characterize these critical properties of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and MoS2-based heterostructures. Our results demonstrate that MoS2 layers exhibit strong four-wave mixing (FWM), sum-frequency generation (SFG), and second-harmonic generation (SHG) nonlinear optical characteristics. We believe this is the first observation of FWM and SFG from TMD layers. All three kinds of optical nonlinearities are sensitive to layer numbers, crystal orientation, and interlayer coupling. The combined and simultaneous SHG/SFG-FWM imaging not only is capable of rapid evaluation of crystal quality and precise determination of odd-even layers but also provides in situ monitoring of the chemical dynamics of thermal oxidation in MoS2 and interlayer coupling in MoS2-graphene heterostructures. This method has the advantages of versatility, high fidelity, easy operation, and fast imaging, enabling comprehensive characterization of van der Waals layered structures for fundamental research and practical applications.

  17. InGaAs Nanomembrane/Si van der Waals Heterojunction Photodiodes with Broadband and High Photoresponsivity.

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    Um, Doo-Seung; Lee, Youngsu; Lim, Seongdong; Park, Jonghwa; Yen, Wen-Chun; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Kim, Hyung-Jun; Ko, Hyunhyub

    2016-10-05

    Development of broadband photodetectors is of great importance for applications in high-capacity optical communication, night vision, and biomedical imaging systems. While heterostructured photodetectors can expand light detection range, fabrication of heterostructures via epitaxial growth or wafer bonding still faces significant challenges because of problems such as lattice and thermal mismatches. Here, a transfer printing technique is used for the heterogeneous integration of InGaAs nanomembranes on silicon semiconductors and thus the formation of van der Waals heterojunction photodiodes, which can enhance the spectral response and photoresponsivity of Si photodiodes. Transfer-printed InGaAs nanomembrane/Si heterojunction photodiode exhibits a high rectification ratio (7.73 × 10(4) at ±3 V) and low leakage current (7.44 × 10(-5) A/cm(2) at -3 V) in a dark state. In particular, the photodiode shows high photoresponsivities (7.52 and 2.2 A W(-1) at a reverse bias of -3 V and zero bias, respectively) in the broadband spectral range (400-1250 nm) and fast rise-fall response times (13-16 ms), demonstrating broadband and fast photodetection capabilities. The suggested III-V/Si van der Waals heterostructures can be a robust platform for the fabrication of high-performance on-chip photodetectors compatible with Si integrated optical chips.

  18. Low-Frequency Electronic Noise in Quasi-1D TaSe3 van der Waals Nanowires.

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    Liu, Guanxiong; Rumyantsev, Sergey; Bloodgood, Matthew A; Salguero, Tina T; Shur, Michael; Balandin, Alexander A

    2017-01-11

    We report results of investigation of the low-frequency electronic excess noise in quasi-1D nanowires of TaSe3 capped with quasi-2D h-BN layers. Semimetallic TaSe3 is a quasi-1D van der Waals material with exceptionally high breakdown current density. It was found that TaSe3 nanowires have lower levels of the normalized noise spectral density, SI/I(2), compared to carbon nanotubes and graphene (I is the current). The temperature-dependent measurements revealed that the low-frequency electronic 1/f noise becomes the 1/f(2) type as temperature increases to ∼400 K, suggesting the onset of electromigration (f is the frequency). Using the Dutta-Horn random fluctuation model of the electronic noise in metals, we determined that the noise activation energy for quasi-1D TaSe3 nanowires is approximately EP ≈ 1.0 eV. In the framework of the empirical noise model for metallic interconnects, the extracted activation energy, related to electromigration is EA = 0.88 eV, consistent with that for Cu and Al interconnects. Our results shed light on the physical mechanism of low-frequency 1/f noise in quasi-1D van der Waals semimetals and suggest that such material systems have potential for ultimately downscaled local interconnect applications.

  19. Tuning the electronic structure of monolayer graphene/Mo S2 van der Waals heterostructures via interlayer twist

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    Jin, Wencan; Yeh, Po-Chun; Zaki, Nader; Chenet, Daniel; Arefe, Ghidewon; Hao, Yufeng; Sala, Alessandro; Mentes, Tevfik Onur; Dadap, Jerry I.; Locatelli, Andrea; Hone, James; Osgood, Richard M.

    2015-11-01

    We directly measure the electronic structure of twisted graphene/Mo S2 van der Waals heterostructures, in which both graphene and Mo S2 are monolayers. We use cathode lens microscopy and microprobe angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements to image the surface, determine twist angle, and map the electronic structure of these artificial heterostructures. For monolayer graphene on monolayer Mo S2 , the resulting band structure reveals the absence of hybridization between the graphene and Mo S2 electronic states. Further, the graphene-derived electronic structure in the heterostructures remains essentially intact, irrespective of the twist angle between the two materials. In contrast, however, the electronic structure associated with the Mo S2 layer is found to be twist-angle dependent; in particular, the relative difference in the energy of the valence band maximum at Γ ¯ and K ¯ of the Mo S2 layer varies from approximately 0 to 0.2 eV. Our results suggest that monolayer Mo S2 within the heterostructure becomes predominantly an indirect band-gap system for all twist angles except in the proximity of 30°. This result enables potential band-gap engineering in van der Waals heterostructures comprised of monolayer structures.

  20. Phase change memory devices formed by using 2 dimensional layered Graphene-In2 Se3 van der Waals heterostructure

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    Choi, Min Sup; Yang, Chenxi; Ra, Chang Ho; Yoo, Won Jong

    Indium selenide (In2Se3) is one of the unique materials which have both a layered structure and phase change property. One of the advantages of using 2 dimensional (2D) materials is their potential to form van der Waals heterostructures which enable unique physical properties and novel quantum device functions, which cannot be achieved in 2D material alone. In this study, we fabricated vertically stacked graphene-In2Se3 heterostructured memory devices. The fabricated devices showed a rapid increase of current conduction, which is attributed to the phase transition of In2Se3. The TEM images demonstrated that In2Se3 transformed from polycrystalline to layered structure thanks to the effective thermal confinement effect between graphene and In2Se3, attributed to the low thermal conductivity of layered materials in vertical direction. In addition, the current conduction could be controlled effectively by applying different pulse voltages, showing stable retention and endurance characteristics. It is thought that the differently bonded states contribute to this control process. This study demonstrates the possibility of Graphene-In2Se3 van der Waals heterostructure as 2D based future memory electronics. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) Grant funded by the Korea government(MEST) (No. 2013R1A2A2A01015516).

  1. First principles predictions of van der Waals bonded inorganic crystal structures: Test case, HgCl2

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    Cooper, Valentino R; Donald, Kelling J

    2015-01-01

    We study the crystals structure and stability of four possible polymorphs of HgCl2 using first principles density functional theory. Mercury (II) halides are a unique class of materials which, depending on the halide species, form in a wide range of crystal structures, ranging from densely packed solids to layered materials and molecular solids. Predicting the groundstate structure of any member of this group from first principles, therefore, requires a general purpose functional that treats van der Waals bonding and covalent/ionic bonding adequately. Here, we demonstrate that the non-local van der Waals density functional paired with the C09 exchange functional meets this bar for HgCl2. In particular, this functional is able to predict the correct groundstate among the structures tested as well as having extremely good agreement with the experimentally known crystal structure. These results highlight the maturity of this functional and open the door to using this method for truly first principles crystal structure predictions.

  2. Band engineering in a van der Waals heterostructure using a 2D polar material and a capping layer

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    Cho, Sung Beom; Chung, Yong-Chae

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are expected to play a key role in next-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. In this study, the band alignment of a vdW heterostructure with 2D polar materials was studied using first-principles calculations. As a model case study, single-sided fluorographene (a 2D polar material) on insulating (h-BN) and metallic (graphite) substrates was investigated to understand the band alignment behavior of polar materials. Single-sided fluorographene was found to have a potential difference along the out-of-plane direction. This potential difference provided as built-in potential at the interface, which shift the band alignment between h-BN and graphite. The interface characteristics were highly dependent on the interface terminations because of this built-in potential. Interestingly, this band alignment can be modified with a capping layer of graphene or BN because the capping layer triggered electronic reconstruction near the interface. This is because the bonding nature is not covalent, but van der Waals, which made it possible to avoid Fermi-level pinning at the interface. The results of this study showed that diverse types of band alignment can be achieved using polar materials and an appropriate capping layer. PMID:27301777

  3. Exfoliation and Raman Spectroscopic Fingerprint of Few-Layer NiPS3 Van der Waals Crystals

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    Kuo, Cheng-Tai; Neumann, Michael; Balamurugan, Karuppannan; Park, Hyun Ju; Kang, Soonmin; Shiu, Hung Wei; Kang, Jin Hyoun; Hong, Byung Hee; Han, Moonsup; Noh, Tae Won; Park, Je-Geun

    2016-01-01

    The range of mechanically cleavable Van der Waals crystals covers materials with diverse physical and chemical properties. However, very few of these materials exhibit magnetism or magnetic order, and thus the provision of cleavable magnetic compounds would supply invaluable building blocks for the design of heterostructures assembled from Van der Waals crystals. Here we report the first successful isolation of monolayer and few-layer samples of the compound nickel phosphorus trisulfide (NiPS3) by mechanical exfoliation. This material belongs to the class of transition metal phosphorus trisulfides (MPS3), several of which exhibit antiferromagnetic order at low temperature, and which have not been reported in the form of ultrathin sheets so far. We establish layer numbers by optical bright field microscopy and atomic force microscopy, and perform a detailed Raman spectroscopic characterization of bilayer and thicker NiPS3 flakes. Raman spectral features are strong functions of excitation wavelength and sample thickness, highlighting the important role of interlayer coupling. Furthermore, our observations provide a spectral fingerprint for distinct layer numbers, allowing us to establish a sensitive and convenient means for layer number determination. PMID:26875451

  4. All-Printable ZnO Quantum Dots/Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures for Ultrasensitive Detection of Ultraviolet Light.

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    Gong, Maogang; Liu, Qingfeng; Cook, Brent; Kattel, Bhupal; Wang, Ti; Chan, Wai-Lun; Ewing, Dan; Casper, Matthew; Stramel, Alex; Wu, Judy Z

    2017-03-24

    In ZnO quantum dot/graphene heterojunction photodetectors, fabricated by printing quantum dots (QDs) directly on the graphene field-effect transistor (GFET) channel, the combination of the strong quantum confinement in ZnO QDs and the high charge mobility in graphene allows extraordinary quantum efficiency (or photoconductive gain) in visible-blind ultraviolet (UV) detection. Key to the high performance is a clean van der Waals interface to facilitate an efficient charge transfer from ZnO QDs to graphene upon UV illumination. Here, we report a robust ZnO QD surface activation process and demonstrate that a transition from zero to extraordinarily high photoresponsivity of 9.9 × 10(8) A/W and a photoconductive gain of 3.6 × 10(9) can be obtained in ZnO QDs/GFET heterojunction photodetectors, as the ZnO QDs surface is systematically engineered using this process. The high figure-of-merit UV detectivity D* in exceeding 1 × 10(14) Jones represents more than 1 order of magnitude improvement over the best reported previously on ZnO nanostructure-based UV detectors. This result not only sheds light on the critical role of the van der Waals interface in affecting the optoelectronic process in ZnO QDs/GFET heterojunction photodetectors but also demonstrates the viability of printing quantum devices of high performance and low cost.

  5. First Principles Predictions of Van Der Waals Bonded Inorganic Crystal Structures: Test Case, HgCl2

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    Cooper, Valentino R.; Donald, Kelling J.

    We study the crystals structure and stability of four possible polymorphs of HgCl2 using first principles density functional theory. Mercury (II) halides are a unique class of materials which, depending on the halide species, form in a wide range of crystal structures, ranging from densely packed solids to layered materials and molecular solids. Predicting the groundstate structure of any member of this group from first principles, therefore, requires a general purpose functional that treats van der Waals bonding and covalent/ionic bonding adequately. Here, we demonstrate that the non-local van der Waals density functional paired with the C09 exchange functional meets this bar for HgCl2. In particular, this functional is able to predict the correct groundstate among the structures tested as well as having extremely good agreement with the experimentally known crystal structure. These results highlight the maturity of this functional and open the door to using this method for truly first principles crystal structure predictions.

  6. Electrolytic phototransistor based on graphene-MoS2 van der Waals p-n heterojunction with tunable photoresponse

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    Henck, Hugo; Pierucci, Debora; Chaste, Julien; Naylor, Carl H.; Avila, Jose; Balan, Adrian; Silly, Mathieu G.; Asensio, Maria C.; Sirotti, Fausto; Johnson, A. T. Charlie; Lhuillier, Emmanuel; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-09-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures obtained by stacking 2D materials offer a promising route for next generation devices by combining different unique properties in completely new artificial materials. In particular, the vdW heterostructures combine high mobility and optical properties that can be exploited for optoelectronic devices. Since the p-n junction is one of the most fundamental units of optoelectronics, we propose an approach for its fabrication based on the intrinsic n doped MoS2 and the p doped bilayer graphene hybrid interfaces. We demonstrate the control of the photoconduction properties using electrolytic gating which ensures a low bias operation. We show that by finely choosing the doping value of each layer, the photoconductive properties of the hybrid system can be engineered to achieve magnitude and sign control of the photocurrent. Finally, we provide a simple phase diagram relating the photoconductive behavior with the chosen doping, which we believe can be very useful for the future design of the van der Waals based photodetectors.

  7. Rotational analysis of bands of the A ˜ - X ˜ transition of the C3Ar van der Waals complex

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    Merer, Anthony J.; Hsu, Yen-Chu; Chen, Yi-Ren; Wang, Yi-Jen

    2015-11-01

    Rotational analyses have been carried out for four of the strongest bands of the A ˜ - X ˜ transition of the C3Ar van der Waals complex, at 393 and 399 nm. These bands lie near the 02-0-000 and 04-0-000 bands of the A ˜ 1 Π u - X ˜ 1 Σ + g transition of C3 and form two close pairs, each consisting of a type A and a type C band of an asymmetric top, about 4 cm-1 apart. Only K″ = even lines are found, showing that the complex has two equivalent carbon atoms (I = 0), and must be T-shaped, or nearly so. Strong a- and b-axis electronic-rotational (Coriolis) coupling occurs between the upper states of a pair, since they correlate with a 1Πu vibronic state of C3, where the degeneracy is lifted in the lower symmetry of the complex. Least squares rotational fits, including the coupling, have given the rotational constants for both electronic states: the van der Waals bond lengths are 3.81 and 3.755 Å, respectively, in the ground and excited electronic states. For the ground state our new quantum chemical calculations, using the Multi-Channel Time-Dependent Hartree method, indicate that the C3 unit is non-linear, and that the complex does not have a rigid-molecule structure, existing instead as a superposition of arrowhead (↑) and distorted Y-shaped (Y) structures.

  8. Van der Waal Interactions in Ultrafine Nanocellulose Aerogels

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    Fritch, Byron; Bradley, Derek; Kidd, Tim

    Nanocellulose aerogels have shown an ability to be used in many different applications ranging from oil sponges to conductive materials to possibly a low calorie food substitute. Not much is known about the structural and physical property changes that occur when the composition of the aerogel changes. We studied what properties change when the aerogel amounts change, as well as how sticky the aerogels are and how strong they are. The higher concentrations appeared to have more plate-like structures while the lower concentrations had a more fibrous material. These fibers in the low concentrations had a smaller diameter than a human hair. Only the low concentration aerogels were able to stick to a glass surface in the adhesion test, but were able to support a mass much larger than their own. These low concentrations also would stick to your finger when lightly touched. Preliminary tests show that a concentration that is not too low, but not too high, is best for tensile strength. All concentrations were able to hold many times their own mass. Cellulose should be studied more because it is a renewable material and is easily accessed. Nanocellulose is also not environmentally dangerous allowing it to be used in applications involving humans and the environment like noted above. National Science Foundation Grant DMR-1410496.

  9. Investigation of a van der Waals complex with C 1 symmetry: the free-jet rotational spectrum of 1,2-difluoroethane-Ar

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    Melandri, Sonia; Velino, Biagio; Favero, Paolo G.; Dell'Erba, Adele; Caminati, Walther

    2000-04-01

    The van der Waals complex between Ar and 1,2-difluoroethane has been investigated by free-jet absorption millimeter-wave spectroscopy in the frequency range 60-78 GHz. The analysis of the spectroscopic constants derived from the rotational spectrum allowed the determination of the dimer's structure. 1,2-Difluoroethane is in the gauche conformation and the Ar atom is in a position stabilized by the interaction with one fluorine and the two carbon atoms. The distance between Ar and the center of mass (CM) of the monomer is 3.968 Å, the angle between the Ar-CM line and the C-C bond is 65° and the dihedral angle Ar-CM-C-C is 99°. From centrifugal distortion effects the dissociation energy of the complex has been estimated to be 2.1 kJ/mol.

  10. A ground state morphed intermolecular potential for the hydrogen bonded and van der Waals isomers in OC:HI and a prediction of an anomalous deuterium isotope effect.

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    Rivera-Rivera, Luis A; Wang, Zhongcheng; McElmurry, Blake A; Willaert, Fabrice F; Lucchese, Robert R; Bevan, John W; Suenram, Richard D; Lovas, Frank J

    2010-11-14

    An extended analysis of the noncovalent interaction OC:HI is reported using microwave and infrared supersonic jet spectroscopic techniques. All available spectroscopic data then provide the basis for generating an accurately determined vibrationally complete semiempirical intermolecular potential function using a four-dimensional potential coordinate morphing methodology. These results are consistent with the existence of four bound isomers: OC-HI, OC-IH, CO-HI, and CO-IH. Analysis also leads to unequivocal characterization of the common isotopic ground state as having the OC-HI structure and with the first excited state having the OC-IH structure with an energy of 3.4683(80) cm(-1) above the ground state. The potential is consistent with the following barriers between the pairs of isomers: 382(4) cm(-1) (OC-IH/OC-HI), 294(5) cm(-1) (CO-IH/CO-HI), 324(3) cm(-1) (OC-IH/CO-IH), and 301(2) cm(-1) (OC-HI/CO-HI) defined with respect to each lower minimum. The potential is also determined to have a linear OC-IH van der Waals global equilibrium minimum structure having R(e)=4.180(11) Å, θ(1)=0.00(1)°, and θ(2)=0.00(1)°. This is differentiated from its OC-HI ground state hydrogen bound structure having R(0)=4.895(1) Å, θ(1)=20.48(1)°, and θ(2)=155.213(1)° where the distances are defined between the centers of mass of the monomers and θ(1) and θ(2) as cos(-1)[(1/2)] for i=1 and 2. A fundamentally new molecular phenomenon - ground state isotopic isomerization is proposed based on the generated semiempirical potential. The protonated ground state hydrogen-bonded OC-HI structure is predicted to be converted on deuteration to the corresponding ground state van der Waals OC-ID isomeric structure. This results in a large anomalous isotope effect in which the R(0) center of mass distance between monomeric components changes from 4.895(1) to 4.286(1) Å. Such a proposed isotopic effect is demonstrated to be a consequence of differential zero point

  11. Calculation of the number of collective degrees of freedom and of the admissible cluster size for isotherms in the Van-der-Waals model in supercritical states

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    Maslov, V. P.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, general questions concerning equilibrium and non-equilibrium states are discussed. Using the Van-der-Waals model, the relationship between Gentile statistics and non-ideal gas is demonstrated. The second virial coefficient is expressed in terms of collective degrees of freedom. The admissible cluster size at given temperature is determined.

  12. Photocurrent measurements in Coupled Quantum Well van der Waals Heterostructures made of 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Joe, Andrew; Jauregui, Luis; High, Alex; Dibos, Alan; Gulpinar, Elgin; Pistunova, Kateryna; Park, Hongkun; Kim, Philip

    , Luis A. Jauregui, Alex A. High, Alan Dibos, Elgin Gulpinar, Kateryna Pistunova, Hongkun Park, Philip Kim Harvard University, Physics Department -abstract- Single layer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) are 2-dimensional (2D) semiconductors van der Waals (vdW) characterized by a direct optical bandgap in the visible wavelength (~2 eV). Characterization of the band alignment between TMDC and the barrier is important for the fabrication of tunneling devices. Here, we fabricate coupled quantum well (CQW) heterostructures made of 2D TMDCs with hexagonal Boron nitride (hBN) as an atomically thin barrier and gate dielectric and with top and bottom metal (or graphite) as gate electrodes. We observe a clear dependence of the photo-generated current with varying hBN thickness, electrode workfunctions, electric field, laser excitation power, excitation wavelength, and temperature. We will discuss the implication of photocurrent in relation to quantum transport process across the vdW interfaces.

  13. A procedure for the calculation of alpha function coefficients for the attraction parameter of Van der Waals equations of state

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    Stamateris, B.; Olivera-Fuentes, C.

    1996-12-31

    A new procedure is proposed for the calculation and correlation of cohesion parameters in cubic equations of state of the Van der Waals type. In this method, the derivative (rather than the function itself) is computed subject to the Maxwell (equal area) and Clapeyron equations. Strong experimental evidence indicates that properly formulated a functions must generate negative values at high temperatures. A theoretical analysis demonstrates the correct, hard-body limiting behavior of the cohesion function at infinite temperatures. From this, the simplest possible form of the cohesion function follows as a two-constant expression that can be considered an extension of a functional form previously proposed by Martin. The proposed function`s performance is comparable to more complex expressions previously presented in the literature, predicting vapor pressures of polar and nonpolar fluids with relative deviations (i) of {+-} 1%. 14 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Interlayer Transition and Infrared Photodetection in Atomically Thin Type-II MoTe₂/MoS₂ van der Waals Heterostructures.

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    Zhang, Kenan; Zhang, Tianning; Cheng, Guanghui; Li, Tianxin; Wang, Shuxia; Wei, Wei; Zhou, Xiaohao; Yu, Weiwei; Sun, Yan; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Dong; Zeng, Changgan; Wang, Xingjun; Hu, Weida; Fan, Hong Jin; Shen, Guozhen; Chen, Xin; Duan, Xiangfeng; Chang, Kai; Dai, Ning

    2016-03-22

    We demonstrate the type-II staggered band alignment in MoTe2/MoS2 van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures and an interlayer optical transition at ∼1.55 μm. The photoinduced charge separation between the MoTe2/MoS2 vdW heterostructure is verified by Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) under illumination, density function theory (DFT) simulations and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Photoelectrical measurements of MoTe2/MoS2 vdW heterostructures show a distinct photocurrent response in the infrared regime (1550 nm). The creation of type-II vdW heterostructures with strong interlayer coupling could improve our fundamental understanding of the essential physics behind vdW heterostructures and help the design of next-generation infrared optoelectronics.

  15. Chemical free device fabrication of two dimensional van der Waals materials based transistors by using one-off stamping

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    Lee, Young Tack; Choi, Won Kook; Hwang, Do Kyung

    2016-06-01

    We report on a chemical free one-off imprinting method to fabricate two dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdWs) materials based transistors. Such one-off imprinting technique is the simplest and effective way to prevent unintentional chemical reaction or damage of 2D vdWs active channel during device fabrication process. 2D MoS2 nanosheets based transistors with a hexagonal-boron-nitride (h-BN) passivation layer, prepared by one-off imprinting, show negligible variations of transfer characteristics after chemical vapor deposition process. In addition, this method enables the fabrication of all 2D MoS2 transistors consisting of h-BN gate insulator, and graphene source/drain and gate electrodes without any chemical damage.

  16. Inversion of Spin Signal and Spin Filtering in Ferromagnet|Hexagonal Boron Nitride-Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Kamalakar, M. Venkata; Dankert, André; Kelly, Paul J.; Dash, Saroj P.

    2016-02-01

    Two dimensional atomically thin crystals of graphene and its insulating isomorph hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) are promising materials for spintronic applications. While graphene is an ideal medium for long distance spin transport, h-BN is an insulating tunnel barrier that has potential for efficient spin polarized tunneling from ferromagnets. Here, we demonstrate the spin filtering effect in cobalt|few layer h-BN|graphene junctions leading to a large negative spin polarization in graphene at room temperature. Through nonlocal pure spin transport and Hanle precession measurements performed on devices with different interface barrier conditions, we associate the negative spin polarization with high resistance few layer h-BN|ferromagnet contacts. Detailed bias and gate dependent measurements reinforce the robustness of the effect in our devices. These spintronic effects in two-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures hold promise for future spin based logic and memory applications.

  17. Van der Waals density functional study of the structural and electronic properties of La-doped phenanthrene

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    Yan, Xun-Wang; Huang, Zhongbing; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2013-11-28

    By the first principle calculations based on the van der Waals density functional theory, we study the crystal structures and electronic properties of La-doped phenanthrene. Two stable atomic geometries of La{sub 1}phenanthrene are obtained by relaxation of atomic positions from various initial structures. The structure-I is a metal with two energy bands crossing the Fermi level, while the structure-II displays a semiconducting state with an energy gap of 0.15 eV, which has an energy gain of 0.42 eV per unit cell compared to the structure-I. The most striking feature of La{sub 1}phenanthrene is that La 5d electrons make a significant contribution to the total density of state around the Fermi level, which is distinct from potassium doped phenanthrene and picene. Our findings provide an important foundation for the understanding of superconductivity in La-doped phenanthrene.

  18. A van der Waals density functional study of adenine on graphene: Single molecular adsorption and overlayer binding

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    Berland, Kristian; Cooper, Valentino R; Langreth, David C.; Schroder, Prof. Elsebeth; Chakarova-Kack, Svetla

    2011-01-01

    The adsorption of an adenine molecule on graphene is studied using a first-principles van der Waals functional (vdW-DF) [Dion et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)]. The cohesive energy of an ordered adenine overlayer is also estimated. For the adsorption of a single molecule, we determine the optimal binding configuration and adsorption energy by translating and rotating the molecule. The adsorption energy for a single molecule of adenine is found to be 711 meV, which is close to the calculated adsorption energy of the similar-sized naphthalene. Based on the single molecular binding configuration, we estimate the cohesive energy of a two-dimensional ordered overlayer. We find a significantly stronger binding energy for the ordered overlayer than for single-molecule adsorption.

  19. Time-dependent wave packet study of the one atom cage effect in I2-Ar Van der Waals complexes

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    Zamith, S.; Meier, C.; Halberstadt, N.; Beswick, J. A.

    1999-01-01

    We performed a time-dependent wave packet study to investigate the fragmentation and recombination of the I2-Ar Van der Waals complex following excitation above the B-state dissociation limit. Based on a recently published ab initio potential energy surface of the ground state [C. F. Kunz, I. Burghardt, and B. Hess, J. Chem. Phys. 109, 359 (1998)], we studied the possible kinematic origin of the "one-atom cage effect" by three-dimensional wave packet propagation within the rotational infinite order sudden approximation. We found that final vibrational distributions depend strongly on the ground and excited state equilibrium geometries. Taking uncertainties in the excited state potential into account, we confirm a possible kinematic origin of the one-atom cage effect from a collinear isomer of the I2-Ar complex, initially proposed by Valentini and Cross [J. J. Valentini and J. B. Cross, J. Chem. Phys. 77, 572 (1982)].

  20. Crystallographic features related to a van der Waals coupling in the layered chalcogenide FePS3

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    Murayama, Chisato; Okabe, Momoko; Urushihara, Daisuke; Asaka, Toru; Fukuda, Koichiro; Isobe, Masahiko; Yamamoto, Kazuo; Matsushita, Yoshitaka

    2016-10-01

    We investigated the crystallographic structure of FePS3 with a layered structure using transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. We found that FePS3 forms a rotational twin structure with the common axis along the c*-axis. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images revealed that the twin boundaries were positioned at the van der Waals gaps between the layers. The narrow bands of dark contrast were observed in the bright-field transmission electron microscopy images below the antiferromagnetic transition temperature, TN ≈ 120 K. Low-temperature X-ray diffraction showed a lattice distortion; the a- and b-axes shortened and lengthened, respectively, as the temperature decreased below TN. We propose that the narrow bands of dark contrast observed in the bright-field transmission electron microscopy images are caused by the directional lattice distortion with respect to each micro-twin variant in the antiferromagnetic phase.