Foundations of Physics

, Volume 46, Issue 9, pp 1199–1207 | Cite as

The Formalism for Energy Changing Rate of an Accelerated Atom Coupled with Electromagnetic Vacuum Fluctuations



The structure of the rate of variation of the atomic energy for an arbitrary stationary motion of the atom in interaction with a quantum electromagnetic field is investigated. Our main purpose is to rewrite the formalism in Zhu et al. (Phys Rev D 73:107501, 2006) and to deduce the general expressions of the Einstein A coefficients of an atom on an arbitrary stationary trajectory. The total rate of change of the energy and Einstein coefficients of the atom near a plate with finite temperature or acceleration are also investigated.


DDC formalism Einstein A coefficients Emission and absorption rate 



We would like to thank Y. Jin for a valuable discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, Institute of PhysicsHunan Normal UniversityChangshaChina

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