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Anisotropic contribution to the van der Waals and the Casimir-Polder energies for CO2 and CH4 molecules near surfaces and thin films

Thiyam, P., Parashar, P., Shajesh, K.V., Persson, C., Schaden, M., Brevik, I., Parsons, D.F., Milton, K.A., Malyi, O.I. and Boström, M. (2015) Anisotropic contribution to the van der Waals and the Casimir-Polder energies for CO2 and CH4 molecules near surfaces and thin films. Physical Review A, 92 (5). Article number 052704.

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Abstract

In order to understand why carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) molecules interact differently with surfaces, we investigate the Casimir-Polder energy of a linearly polarizable CO2 molecule and an isotropically polarizable CH4 molecule in front of an atomically thin gold film and an amorphous silica slab. We quantitatively analyze how the anisotropy in the polarizability of the molecule influences the van der Waals contribution to the binding energy of the molecule.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Copyright: © 2015 American Physical Society.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/29138
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