Surprises in Theoretical Casimir Physics

Quantum Forces in Inhomogeneous Media

  • William M. R. Simpson

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Foundations of Casimir Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William M. R. Simpson
      Pages 3-24
    3. William M. R. Simpson
      Pages 25-56
    4. William M. R. Simpson
      Pages 57-67
  3. Surprises in Casimir Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. William M. R. Simpson
      Pages 71-90
    3. William M. R. Simpson
      Pages 91-115
  4. Conundrums in Casimir Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
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      Pages 119-132
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    4. William M. R. Simpson
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-177

About this book

Introduction

Despite more than half a century of theoretical work, the Casimir effect is still not as fully understood as some suppose. In this treatise, the author uncovers new puzzles and paradoxes concerning this mysterious phenomenon. In particular, he clearly demonstrates that the most sophisticated theories fail when confronted with dielectrics in which the refractive index is not uniform but gradually changes.

Keywords

Casimir Forces Casimir Stress Lifshitz Theory Macroscopic QED Quantum Stiction Quantum Vacuum Transformation Optics

Authors and affiliations

  • William M. R. Simpson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics of Complex SystemsThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09315-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09314-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09315-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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