The Lifshitz Theory of The Van Der Waals and Casimir Forces Between Plane Dielectrics
Starting with this chapter, the book goes on to deal with the Casimir effect for real bodies made of various materials rather than idealized boundaries. It presents Lifshitz theory, which provides a unified description of both the van der Waals and the Casimir interaction between planar dielectrics. The chapter contains various formulations of the Lifshitz theory as applied to planar, stratified dielectric media at both zero and nonzero temperatures. As an illustration, computational results for various dielectric materials are given. The consistency of the theory with the requirements of thermodynamics and its application region are discussed. The Lifshitz formula for anisotropic plates is presented as well as Lifshitz-type formulas for radiative heat transfer. Problems arising for polar dielectrics are considered.
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