The Casimir effect from a condensed matter perspective

L. Pálová, P. Chandra, P. Coleman

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The Casimir effect, a key observable realization of vacuum fluctuations, is usually taught in graduate courses on quantum field theory. The growing importance of Casimir forces in microelectromechanical systems motivates this subject as a topic for graduate many-body physics courses. To this end, we revisit the Casimir effect using methods common in condensed matter physics. We recover previously derived results and explore the implications of the analogies implicit in this treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1060
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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