Casimir-Polder interaction between an accelerated two-level system and an infinite plate

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Abstract

We investigate the Casimir-Polder interaction energy between a uniformly accelerated two-level system and an infinite plate with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Our model is a two-level atom interacting with a massless scalar field, with a uniform acceleration in a direction parallel to the plate. We consider the contributions of vacuum fluctuations and of the radiation reaction field to the atom-wall Casimir-Polder interaction, and we discuss their dependence on the acceleration of the atom. We show that, as a consequence of the noninertial motion of the two-level atom, a thermal term is present in the vacuum fluctuation contribution to the Casimir-Polder interaction. Finally we discuss the relevance of this result for the Unruh effect.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)062114-1-062114-7
Numero di pagine7
RivistaPHYSICAL REVIEW A
Volume76
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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