Title:
A FIELD THEORETICAL APPROACH TO THE DEBYE-HUCKEL ELECTROLYTE
DIFFERENTIAL CAPACITANCE IN A SLAB
Author(s):
D. di Caprio (Laboratoire d'\'{E}lectrochimie et Chimie Analytique, UMR
7575, Universit\'e P. et M. Curie, Paris VI, B\^at. F74, B.P. 39 4, Place
Jussieu, 75230 Paris Cedex 05, France), J.Stafiej (Department of Electrode
Processes, Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of
Sciences, ul. Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland)
The effective Hamiltonian of our field theoretical model yields the linearized Debye-H\"uckel theory in the bulk. Here we consider it for a confined geometry of a slab. The differential capacitance is computed using two ways. The first relates it to the charge-charge correlation function by calculating the response to charging of the slab walls. The other relates it to the fluctuation of charge in one half of the slab. Since the model is exactly soluble in terms of the diagonal representation we can verify the fact that the two ways are consistent with each other and with the Gouy-Chapman differential capacitance in the limit of a thick slab. The interest of this derivation is to relate a measurable quantity to the structural information contained in the charge-charge correlation function.
Key words: ionic solutions, confined systems, correlation functions,
Debye-H\"uckel electrolyte, statistical field theory, differential
capacitance
PACS: 61.20.Qg, 73.30.+y, 03.50.Kk
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