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Casimir forces in a plasma: Possible connections to Yukawa potentials

Ninham, Barry; Bostrom, Mathias; Persson, Clas; Brevik, Iver; Buhmann, Stefan; Sernelius, B


We present theoretical and numerical results for the screened Casimir effect between perfect metal surfaces in a plasma. We show how the Casimir effect in an electron-positron plasma can provide an important contribution to nuclear interactions. Our results suggest that there is a connection between Casimir forces and nucleon forces mediated by mesons. Correct nuclear energies and meson masses appear to emerge naturally from the screened Casimir-Lifshitz effect.

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2014-50484-8


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