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Roger H. French

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Working at the macroscopic continuum level, we investigate effective van der Waals interactions between two layers within a multilayer assembly. By comparing the pair interactions between two layers with effective pair interactions within an assembly we assess the significant consequences of nonadditivity of van der Waals interactions. This allows us to evaluate the best numerical estimate to date for the Hamaker coefficient of van der Waals interactions in lipid-water multilamellar systems.


free energy, fundamental constants, dielectric properties, polarizability, interatomic potentials, intermolecular forces, van der Waals forces, many body problems, thermal quantum field theories, lipids

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The Journal of Chemical Physics






© 2006 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and AIP Publishing. This article appeared in R. Podgornik, R. H. French, V. A. Parsegian; Nonadditivity in van der Waals interactions within multilayers. J. Chem. Phys. 28 January 2006; 124 (4): 044709. and may be found at

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