van der Waals interaction potential between Rydberg atoms near surfaces

  title={van der Waals interaction potential between Rydberg atoms near surfaces},
  author={Joh. Block and S. Scheel},
  journal={Physical Review A},
Van der Waals interactions, as a result of the exchange of photons between particles, can be altered by modifying the environment through which these photons propagate. As a consequence, phenomena such as the Rydberg blockade mechanism between highly excited atoms or excitons, can be controlled by adding reflecting surfaces. We provide the quantum electrodynamic framework for the van der Waals interaction in the nonretarded limit that is relevant for long-wavelength transitions such as those… 

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