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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||PHYSICAL REVIEW A|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics