Modern experiments on atom-surface casimir physics

Maarten De Kieviet, Ulrich D. 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 publicationCasimir Physics
EditorsDiego Dalvit, Peter Milonni, David Roberts, Felipe Rosa
Pages393-418
Number of pages26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics
Volume834
ISSN (Print)0075-8450

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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