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Long-Range Casimir Forces : Theory and Recent Experiments on Atomic Systems - Frank S. Levin

Long-Range Casimir Forces

Theory and Recent Experiments on Atomic Systems

By: Frank S. Levin (Editor), David A. Micha (Editor)


Published: 30th June 1993
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This series, Finite Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics, is intended to provide timely reviews of current research topics, written in a style sufficiently pedagogic so as to allow a nonexpert to grasp the underlying ideas as well as understand technical details. The series is an outgrowth of our involvement with three interdis­ ciplinary activities, namely, those arising from the American Physical Society's Topical Group on Few Body Systems and Multiparticle Dynam­ ics, the series of Gordon Research Conferences first known by the title "Few Body Problems in Chemistry and Physics" and later renamed "Dynamics of Simple Systems in Chemistry and Physics," and the series of Sanibel Symposia, sponsored in part by the University of Florida. The vitality of these activities and the enthusiastic response to them by researchers in various subfields of physics and chemistry have convinced us that there is a place--even a need-for a series of timely reviews on topics of interest not only to a narrow band of experts but also to a broader, interdisciplinary readership. It is our hope that the emphasis on pedagogy will permit at least some of the books in the series to be useful in graduate-level courses. Rather than use the adjective "Few-Body" or "Simple" to modify the word "Systems" in the title, we have chosen "Finite. " It better expresses the wide range of systems with which the reviews of the series may deal.

An Overview of Long-Range Casimir Interactions
Preliminaries: Some Relevant Aspects of the Uncertainty Principle for Particles and for Fieldsp. 8
The Force per Unit Area between Two Infinite Plane Parallel Wallsp. 15
A Simple Physical Derivation of the Asymptotic Form of the Retarded Potential for Two Finite Polarizable Systemsp. 21
A Simple Physical Derivation of the Asymptotic Form of the Retarded Potential for a Finite Polarizable System and a Plane Wallp. 35
The Lamb Shift of Hydrogen versus the Retardation Energy Shift [Delta]E[subscript ret] of Murium (an Electron Bound to a Wall)p. 40
On Referencing and Accreditation, and a Summary, All Very Biasedp. 65
Experimental Studies of High-L Rydberg States in Helium
Experimentsp. 81
Discussion of Resultsp. 91
High-Precision Calculations for the Rydberg States of Helium
Variational Calculations for Heliump. 114
Small Correctionsp. 139
Results for Energy Levels and Discussionp. 179
Appendix on Jacobi Coordinatesp. 209
High Rydberg States of Two-Electron Atoms in Perturbation Theory
The Optical Potentialp. 221
Some Mathematical Techniquesp. 231
Evaluation of the Nonrelativistic Energiesp. 240
Nonrelativistic Energy Shifts and Their Accuracyp. 257
Relativistic Corrections: Application of the Breit-Pauli Operatorp. 264
Comparison with Experiment and Future Developmentsp. 269
Long-Range Electromagnetic Forces in Quantum Theory: Theoretical Foundations
Time-Ordered and Feynman Diagrams in Field Theoryp. 280
The Techniques of Dispersion Theoryp. 299
Potentials from One-Quantum and Two-Quantum Exchangep. 309
Scalar QED, Feynman Rules, and Compton Amplitudesp. 315
The Long-Range Force between Two Spin-0 Particlesp. 325
The Long-Range Force between a Spin-0 and a Spin-1/2 Particlep. 336
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780306443855
ISBN-10: 0306443856
Series: Finite Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 30th June 1993
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68