Dynamical Casimir-Polder force on a partially dressed atom near a conducting wall

Roberto Passante, Riccardo Messina, Ruggero Vasile, Roberto Passante

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Abstract

We study the time evolution of the Casimir-Polder force acting on a neutral atom in front of a perfectly conducting plate, when the system starts its unitary evolution from a partially dressed state. We solve the Heisenberg equations for both atomic and field quantum operators, exploiting a series expansion with respect to the electric charge and an iterative technique. After discussing the behaviour of the time-dependent force on an initially partially-dressed atom, we analyze a possible experimental scheme to prepare the partially dressed state and the observability of thisnew dynamical effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)062501-1-062501-6
Number of pages6
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW A
Volume82
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Passante, R., Messina, R., Vasile, R., & Passante, R. (2010). Dynamical Casimir-Polder force on a partially dressed atom near a conducting wall. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 82, 062501-1-062501-6.