Direct measurement of intermediate-range Casimir-Polder potentials.

@article{Bender2010DirectMO,
  title={Direct measurement of intermediate-range Casimir-Polder potentials.},
  author={Helmut Bender and Ph W. Courteille and Carsten Marzok and Claus Dr. Zimmermann and Sebastian Slama},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2010},
  volume={104 8},
  pages={
          083201
        }
}
We present the first direct measurements of Casimir-Polder forces between solid surfaces and atomic gases in the transition regime between the electrostatic short-distance and the retarded long-distance limit. The experimental method is based on ultracold ground-state Rb atoms that are reflected from evanescent wave barriers at the surface of a dielectric glass prism. Our novel approach does not require assumptions about the potential shape. The experimental data are compared to the theoretical… CONTINUE READING

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