# Fourth order perturbative expansion for the Casimir energy with a slightly deformed plate

We apply a perturbative approach to evaluate the Casimir energy for a massless real scalar field in 3+1 dimensions, subject to Dirichlet boundary conditions on two surfaces. One of the surfaces is assumed to be flat, while the other corresponds to a small deformation, described by a single function $\eta$, of a flat mirror. The perturbative expansion is carried out up to the fourth order in the deformation $\eta$, and the results are applied to the calculation of the Casimir energy for corrugated mirrors in front of a plane. We also reconsider the proximity force approximation within the context of this expansion.

Author: C. D. Fosco; F. C. Lombardo; F. D. Mazzitelli

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