Van der Waals interaction of two atoms near a metallic plane

Nadia Topor, Slawomir Piatek

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We have made the first calculation of the retarded van der Waals potential for two identical, neutral atoms near a perfectly conducting plane. As the distance between the atoms and the plane becomes large, compared to atomic dimensions, our results reduce to the Casimir-Polder potential. We have shown that one of the effects determined by the boundary is either an attractive or a repulsive force between the atoms and the plane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalModern Physics Letters B
Issue number3-5
StatePublished - Feb 10 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics


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