We review different aspects of atom–atom and atom–wall Casimir–Polder forces. We first discuss the role of a boundary condition on the interatomic Casimir–Polder potential between two ground-state atoms, and give a physically transparent interpretation of the results in terms of vacuum fluctuations and image atomic dipoles. We then discuss the known atom–wall Casimir–Polder force for ground- and excited-state atoms, using a different method which is also suited to extension to time-dependent situations. Finally, we consider the fluctuation of the Casimir–Polder force between a ground-state atom and a conducting wall, and discuss possible observation of this force fluctuation.
|Numero di pagine||7|
|Rivista||JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. A, MATHEMATICAL AND THEORETICAL|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2008|
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