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Atom-atom interactions at and between metal surfaces at nonzero temperature

Bostrom, Mathias; Longdell, Jevon; Ninham, Barry


We have investigated the temperature-dependent Casimir-Polder interaction between two oscillators in the proximity of metal surfaces. The interaction near a single metal surface has much in common with the interaction in free space. However, at any finite temperature the long-range asymptote is equal to the high-temperature asymptote. This asymptote, which originates not from the n=0 term in the Matsubara summation but from thermal population of the n>0 terms, is F(R)=-2kBTα02/R6. This should...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001-11-13
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.64.062702


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