IMA Postdoc Seminar (October 7, 2008)

Speaker: Ridgway Scott (University of Chicago)

Title: The Mathematical Basis for Molecular van der Waals Forces

Abstract: We show how van der Waals forces can be explained based on induced polarization of molecules. We derive an exact expression for the limiting behavior in the case of two induced dipoles that is faster than the usual Lennard-Jones potential.