# The Axilrod-Teller-Muto correction to the van der Waals law

Dirk Hundertmark (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Mathematics Seminar
Tuesday, 24 November, 2020, at 16:15, via zoom (see seminar series homepage)
Description:

The famous van der Waals law shows that neutral atoms attract each other over large distances with an effective potential of the form $-c/d^6$ , $d$ the distance of the atoms. There are additional higher order terms, which depend on binary atom-atom interactions at large distances. The Axilrod-Teller-Muto correction, which is the first term which depends on triplets of atoms and is of importance in atom physics., shows up at order $d^9$. We prove that the Axilrod-Teller-Muto conjecture is correct. This is joint work with Jean-Marie Barbaroux, Michael Hartig, and Semjon Wugalter