Field fluctuations near a conducting plate and Casimir-Polder forces in the presence of boundary conditions

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Abstract

We consider vacuum fluctuations of the quantum electromagnetic field in the presence of an infinite and perfectly conducting plate. We evaluate how the change of vacuum fluctuations due to the plate modifies the Casimir-Polder potential between two atoms placed near the plate. We use two different methods to evaluate the Casimir-Polder potential in the presence of the plate. They also give insights on the role of boundary conditions in the Casimir-Polder interatomic potential, as well as indications for possible generalizations to more complicated boundary conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)062117-1-062117-5
Number of pages5
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW A
Volume73
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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