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Resonance Interaction Between One Excited and One Ground State Atom

Bostrom, Mathias; Longdell, Jevon; Mitchell, D John; Ninham, Barry

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The nature of the resonance interaction between two isotropic atoms in an excited configuration is reinvestigated. The currently accepted oscillatory form for the long-range retarded resonance interaction is shown to be a subtle artefact that arises due to too drastic approximations. Formulation of the resonance interaction energy problem in terms of the interacting system leads to a form that it is ∝ r-4 in the retarded limit. We also demonstrate that the resonance interaction energy at any...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/86948
Source: European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2002-00214-0

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