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Advances in the Casimir Effect

Michael Bordag, Galina Leonidovna Klimchitskaya, Umar Mohideen and Vladimir Mikhaylovich Mostepanenko

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199238743
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191716461 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238743.001.0001

Series: International Series of Monographs on Physics

Advances in the Casimir Effect

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The subject of this book is the Casimir effect, i.e., a manifestation of zero-point oscillations of the quantum vacuum in the form of forces acting between closely spaced bodies. It is a purely quantum effect. There is no force acting between neutral bodies in classical electrodynamics. The Casimir effect has become an interdisciplinary subject. It plays an important role in various fields of physics such as condensed matter physics, quantum field theory, atomic and molecular physics, gravitation and cosmology, and mathematical physics. Most recently, the Casimir effect has been applied to nanotechnology and for obtaining constraints on the predictions of unification theories beyond the Standard Model. The book assembles together the field-theoretical foundations of this phenomenon, the application of the general theory to real materials, and a comprehensive description of all recently performed measurements of the Casimir force, including the comparison between experiment and theory. There is increasing interest in forces of vacuum origin. Numerous new results have been obtained during the last few years which are not reflected in the literature, but are very promising for fundamental science and nanotechnology. The book provides a source of information which presents a critical assessment of all of the main results and approaches contained in published journal papers. It also proposes new ideas which are not yet universally accepted but are finding increasing support from experiment.

Keywords: Casimir force; vacuum energy; Lifshitz theory; precision measurements; real material properties; boundary conditions; thermal correction; atomic force microscope; micromachined oscillator

Book.  768 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Condensed Matter Physics

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Introduction in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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Simple Models of the Casimir Effect in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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Field Quantization and Vacuum Energy in the Presence of Boundaries in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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Regularization and Renormalization of the Vacuum Energy in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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The Casimir Effect at Nonzero Temperature in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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Approximate and Numerical Approaches in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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The Casimir Effect For Two Ideal-Metal Planes in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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The Casimir Effect in Rectangular Boxes in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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Single Spherical and Cylindrical Boundaries in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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The Casimir Force Between Objects of Arbitrary Shape in Advances in the Casimir Effect

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