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Problems of Condensed Matter PhysicsQuantum coherence phenomena in electron-hole and coupled matter-light systems$
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Alexei L. Ivanov and Sergei G. Tikhodeev

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238873.001.0001

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REMARKS ON SURFACE-ATOM FORCES IN LONDON AND LIFSHITZ LIMITS

REMARKS ON SURFACE-ATOM FORCES IN LONDON AND LIFSHITZ LIMITS

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(p.197) 13 REMARKS ON SURFACE-ATOM FORCES IN LONDON AND LIFSHITZ LIMITS
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Problems of Condensed Matter Physics
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L. P. Pitaevskii

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238873.003.0013

This chapter reviews the Lifshitz equation, which describes the interaction potential of an atom with the surface of a bulk dielectric medium. It shows how to obtain this equation in a more simple and straightforward way compared to the original derivation by E. M. Lifshitz. The key methodological point of the proposed approach is to neglect the retardation effects and evaluate the Green function of the longitudinal light field.

Keywords:   Lifshitz equation, retardation effects, longitudinal light field, Green functions

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