Casimir-Polder interatomic potential between two atoms at finite temperature and in the presence of boundary conditions

@article{Passante2007CasimirPolderIP,
title={Casimir-Polder interatomic potential between two atoms at finite temperature and in the presence of boundary conditions},
author={R. Passante and S. Spagnolo},
journal={Physical Review A},
year={2007},
volume={76},
pages={042112}
}

We evaluate the Casimir-Polder potential between two atoms in the presence of an infinite perfectly conducting plate and at nonzero temperature. In order to calculate the potential, we use a method based on equal-time spatial correlations of the electric field, already used to evaluate the effect of boundary conditions on interatomic potentials. This method also gives a transparent physical picture of the role of a finite temperature and boundary conditions on the Casimir-Polder potential. We… CONTINUE READING