Atomic H on liquid He surface: Interaction and bound states

C. De Simone, B. Maraviglia

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The interaction energies of a hydrogen atom, H, which crosses the liquid vapour interface of 4He and 3He are calculated in two different approaches. Liquid helium is considered non-deformable in the first approach while in the second one the H atom is supposed to be in a rigid cavity (bubble) while crossing the interface. Bound states are found for H outside liquid 4He only. The implications of the results for obtaining stable atomic H at low temperature are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-291
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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