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The European Physical Journal C

, 74:3113

The Casimir effect between dissimilar mirrors from external potentialsFirst Online: 18 October 2014Received: 03 July 2014Accepted: 30 September 2014


In a previous work we formulated a model of semitransparent dielectric surfaces, coupled to the electromagnetic field by means of an effective potential. Here we consider a setup with two dissimilar mirrors, and we compute exactly the correction undergone by the photon propagator due to the presence of both plates. It turns out that this new propagator is continuous all over the space and, in the appropriate limit, coincides with the one used to describe the Casimir effect between perfect conductors. The amended Green function is then used to calculate the Casimir energy between the uniaxial dielectric surfaces described by the model, and a numerical analysis is carried out to highlight the peculiar behavior of the interaction between the mirrors.

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Author: F. A. Barone - F. E. Barone


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