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Advances in the Casimir Effect
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Advances in the Casimir Effect

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

Abstract

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 nan ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238743.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Bordag, author
Center of Theoretical Studies and Institute for Theoretical Physics, Leipzig University, Germany

Galina Leonidovna Klimchitskaya, author
Department of Physics, North-West Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia and Center of Theoretical Studies and Institute for Theoretical Physics, Leipzig University, Germany

Umar Mohideen, author
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, USA

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Contents

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Part I PHYSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE CASIMIR EFFECT FOR IDEAL BOUNDARIES

Part II THE CASIMIR FORCE BETWEEN REAL BODIES

Part III MEASUREMENTS OF THE CASIMIR FORCE AND THEIR APPLICATIONS IN BOTH FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

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