Dispersion Forces II

Many-Body Effects, Excited Atoms, Finite Temperature and Quantum Friction

  • Stefan Yoshi Buhmann

Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 248)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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  3. Stefan Yoshi Buhmann
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-309

About this book


In this book, a modern unified theory of dispersion forces on atoms and bodies is presented which covers a broad range of advanced aspects and scenarios. Macroscopic quantum electrodynamics is shown to provide a powerful framework for dispersion forces which allows for discussing general properties like their non-additivity and the relation between microscopic and macroscopic interactions. It is demonstrated how the general results can be used to obtain dispersion forces on atoms in the presence of bodies of various shapes and materials. Starting with a brief recapitulation of volume I, this volume II deals especially with bodies of irregular shapes, universal scaling laws, dynamical forces on excited atoms, enhanced forces in cavity quantum electrodynamics, non-equilibrium forces in thermal environments and quantum friction. The book gives both the specialist and those new to the field a thorough overview over recent results in the field. It provides a toolbox for studying dispersion forces in various contexts.


Asymptotic power laws Atom-field interactions Atom-surface interactions Casimir-Polder forces Dispersion forces explained Quantum electrodynamics Quantum friction Thermal dispersion forces Universal scaling laws

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Yoshi Buhmann
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  1. 1., Quantum Optics and Laser ScienceImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-32465-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-32466-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0081-3869
  • Series Online ISSN 1615-0430
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