Volume 72, Number 6, December 2005
|Page(s)||929 - 935|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||23 November 2005|
Casimir force between designed materials: What is possible and what not
Institut für Physik, Universität Potsdam - Germany
2 Laboratoire d'Etudes Thermiques, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique Aéronautique - Poitiers, France
Accepted: 24 October 2005
We establish strict upper limits for the Casimir interaction between multilayered structures of arbitrary dielectric or diamagnetic materials. We discuss the appearance of different power laws due to frequency-dependent material constants. Simple analytical expressions are in good agreement with numerical calculations based on Lifshitz theory. We discuss the improvements required for current (meta) materials to achieve a repulsive Casimir force.
PACS: 42.50.Pq – Cavity quantum electrodynamics; micromasers / 42.50.Lc – Quantum fluctuations, quantum noise, and quantum jumps / 78.67.-n – Optical properties of low-dimensional, mesoscopic, and nanoscale materials and structures
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