Electromagnetic-field fluctuations near a dielectric-vacuum boundary and surface divergences in the ideal conductor limit

Roberto Passante, Nicola Bartolo, Nicola Bartolo

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Abstract

We consider the electric- and magnetic-field fluctuations in the vacuum state in the region external to a half-space filled with a homogeneous non-dissipative dielectric. We discuss an appropriate limit to an ideal metal and concentrate our interest on the renormalized field fluctuations, or equivalently on the renormalized electric and magnetic energy densities, in the proximity of the dielectric-vacuum interface. We show that surface divergences of field fluctuations arise at the interface in an appropriate ideal conductor limit, and that our limiting procedure allows us to discuss in detail their structure. Field fluctuations close to the surface can be investigated through the retarded Casimir-Polder interaction with an appropriate polarizable body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)012122-1-012122-6
Number of pages6
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW A
Volume86
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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