Van der Waals interactions between nanoclusters have been calculated with a self-consistent, coupled dipole method. The method accounts for all many-body (MB) effects. Comparison is made between the exact potential energy, V, and the values obtained with two alternative methods: the sum of two-body interactions and the sum of two-body and three-body interactions. For all cases considered, the three-body term alone does not accurately represent the MB contributions to V. MB contributions are especially large for shape-anisotropic clusters.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry