Path integral approach to electrostatic problems

Joel I. Gersten*, Abraham Nitzan

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A theory that is able to account for electrostatic effects in microscopic situations is formulated in terms of the path integral method. The theory relates the solution of the Poisson equation to the propagator of the diffusion equation. Applications are made to some typical problems of interest, such as the solvation energy of an ion in a solution and to the electrical properties of a diffuse surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3557-3564
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987


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