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

  • Anwei Zhang


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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