Electronic friction forces on molecules moving near metals

M. Tomassone, A. Widom

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It is well known that molecules feel a long-ranged attractive force to metals which arises from the interaction of various molecular charges with their metal-induced “image charges.” Here we calculate (in this image charge model) the friction force coefficients for molecules moving near a metal. We consider the cases of ions, polar molecules, and spherical atoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4938-4943
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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