Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics

Maarten De Kieviet, U. Jentschura, Grzegorz Łach

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Abstract

In this chapter we review past and current experimental approaches to measuring the long-range interaction between atoms and surfaces, the so-called Casimir-Polder force. These experiments demonstrate the importance of going beyond the perfect conductor approximation and stipulate the relevance of the Dzyaloshinskii-Lifshitz-Pitaevskii theory. We discuss recent generalizations of that theory, that include higher multipole polarizabilities, and present a list of additional effects, that may become important in future Casimir-Polder experiments. Among the latter, we see great potential for spectroscopic techniques, atom interferometry, and the manipulation of ultra-cold quantum matter (e.g. BEC) near surfaces. We address approaches based on quantum reflection and discuss the atomic beam spin-echo experiment as a particular example. Finally, some of the advantages of Casimir-Polder techniques in comparison to Casimir force measurements between macroscopic bodies are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Physics
Pages393-418
Number of pages26
Volume834
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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NameLecture Notes in Physics
Volume834
ISSN (Print)00758450

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De Kieviet, M., Jentschura, U., & Łach, G. (2011). Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics. In Lecture Notes in Physics (Vol. 834, pp. 393-418). (Lecture Notes in Physics; Vol. 834). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20288-9_12

Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics. / De Kieviet, Maarten; Jentschura, U.; Łach, Grzegorz.

Lecture Notes in Physics. Vol. 834 2011. p. 393-418 (Lecture Notes in Physics; Vol. 834).

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De Kieviet, M, Jentschura, U & Łach, G 2011, Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics. in Lecture Notes in Physics. vol. 834, Lecture Notes in Physics, vol. 834, pp. 393-418. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20288-9_12
De Kieviet M, Jentschura U, Łach G. Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics. In Lecture Notes in Physics. Vol. 834. 2011. p. 393-418. (Lecture Notes in Physics). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20288-9_12
De Kieviet, Maarten ; Jentschura, U. ; Łach, Grzegorz. / Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics. Lecture Notes in Physics. Vol. 834 2011. pp. 393-418 (Lecture Notes in Physics).
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