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Ground State Photons Dressing Atoms and Molecules

  • F. Persico
  • G. Compagno
  • R. Passante
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 12)

Abstract

The problem of the detailed form of the cloud of virtual particles dressing the sources of a field [1]has aroused a persistent interest in several branches of physics until very recently. From a qualitative point of view the origin of the cloud can be understood as follows. The source is subjected to quantum fluctuations because of the interaction with the field. In the course of a fluctuation, one or more “virtual” quanta of the field may appear, depending on the form of the source-field coupling.

Keywords

Virtual Photon Virtual Field Virtual Transition Persistent Interest Unperturbed Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Persico
    • 1
    • 3
  • G. Compagno
    • 1
  • R. Passante
    • 2
  1. 1.Gruppo Nazionale CNR and Centro Interuniversitario MPI di Struttura della MateriaIstituto di Fisica dell’Università’PalermoItaly
  2. 2.Istituto per le Applicazioni Interdisciplinari della Fisica (IAIF)CNR PalermoItaly
  3. 3.IAIFItaly

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