Quantum electrodynamics of a free particle near dispersive dielectric or conducting boundaries

Bennett, Robert and Eberlein, Claudia (2012) Quantum electrodynamics of a free particle near dispersive dielectric or conducting boundaries. Physical Review A, 86 (6). 062505-1. ISSN 1050-2947

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Abstract

Quantum electrodynamics near a boundary is investigated by considering the inertial mass shift of an electron near a dielectric or conducting surface. We show that in all tractable cases the shift can be written in terms of integrals over the transverse-electric and transverse-magnetic reflection coefficients associated with the surface, in analogy to the Lifshitz formula for the Casimir effect. We discuss the applications and potential limitations of this formula, and provide exact results for several models of the surface.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC0081 Weights and measures
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0170 Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter Including molecular physics, relativity, quantum theory, and solid state physics
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0251 Heat
Depositing User: Robert Bennett
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 08:58
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 22:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43493

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