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Nonconservative dipole forces in a two-atom system with one atom excited

  title={Nonconservative dipole forces in a two-atom system with one atom excited},
  author={Julio S'anchez-C'anovas and Manuel Donaire},
We compute the nonconservative electric dipole forces between two atoms, one of which is initially excited. These forces derive from the time variation of the longitudinal electromagnetic momentum. In contrast to the conservative van-der-Waals forces, the nonconservative forces posses components orthogonal to the interatomic axis. Thus, despite being several orders of magnitude smaller than vander-Waals’, they might be accessible experimentally for the case of two identical atoms. In addition… 

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