Dispersion Forces I

Macroscopic Quantum Electrodynamics and Ground-State Casimir, Casimir–Polder and van der Waals Forces

  • Stefan Yoshi Buhmann

Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 247)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-330

About this book


Dispersion forces acting on both atoms and bodies play a key role in modern nanotechnology. This book provides an accessible introduction to this intriguing subject. Macroscopic quantum electrodynamics in linear, causal media is introduced as a powerful method for understanding and quantifying dispersion forces in a vast range of realistic scenarios. In contrast to the normal-mode quantum electrodynamics traditionally used to study dispersion forces, the new approach allows to consider realistic material properties including absorption and is flexible enough to be applied to a broad range of geometries. The basic physical concepts and theoretical steps lead to the derivation of outlined general expressions for ground-state Casimir, Casimir-Polder and van der Waals forces. As illustrated by a number of examples, these expressions can easily be used to study forces between objects of various shapes and materials, including effects like material absorption, nontrivial magnetic properties and varying object thickness and curvature. More advanced aspects are discussed in Vol. II. The book includes an inspirational foreword by I.H. Brevik.


Atom-field interactions Atom-surface interactions Casimir-Polder forces Dispersion forces Quantum electrodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Yoshi Buhmann
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  1. 1.Blackett Laboratory, Quantum Optics & Laser Science GroupImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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