DOI: 10.3390/physics6010014 ISSN: 2624-8174

Surface Scattering Expansion of the Casimir–Polder Interaction for Magneto-Dielectric Bodies: Convergence Properties for Insulators, Conductors, and Semiconductors

Giuseppe Bimonte, Thorsten Emig
  • General Physics and Astronomy

Fluctuation-induced forces are a hallmark of the interplay between fluctuations and geometry. We recently proved the existence of a multi-parametric family of exact representations of Casimir and Casimir–Polder interactions between bodies of arbitrary shape and material composition, admitting a multiple scattering expansion (MSE) as a sequence of inter-body and intra-body multiple wave scatterings. The approach requires no knowledge of the scattering amplitude (T-matrix) of the bodies. In this paper, we investigate the convergence properties of the MSE for the Casimir–Polder interaction of a polarizable particle with a macroscopic body. We consider representative materials from different classes, such as insulators, conductors, and semiconductors. Using a sphere and a cylinder as benchmarks, we demonstrate that the MSE can be used to efficiently and accurately compute the Casimir–Polder interaction for bodies with smooth surfaces.

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