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Introduction to Casimir Energy (part 1) - STER Spotlight talk

23-05-2023 10:30 - 11:15
Audytorium Instytut Fizyki PAN
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Professor Bart van Tiggelen
Laboratoire de Physique et de Modélisation des Milieux Condensés CNRS / Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble (France)
Audytorium IF PAN
Introduction to Casimir Energy
Bart van Tiggelen

CNRS Research Professor – Grenoble

Laboratoire de Physique et de Modélisation des Milieux Condensés, CNRS / Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France


  • Lecture 1 -- 10:30-11:15 May 23 2023
  • Lecture 2 -- 11:00-11:45 May 25 2023

Lectures in the classic style - at the board!


  1.  Brief history of Casimir energy
  2. The Casimir Force (1D, 2D)
    • Finite temperature
    • Proximity force approximation
    • Casimir’s theory for the stability of electron
    • Schwinger’s theory for sonoluminescence
  3. Quantum optics of vacuum fluctuations
    • Quantization of electromagnetic field
    • Fluctuation-dissipation theorem for quantum fluctuations in vacuum and in matter.
    • Van der Waals – Polder force as Casimir energy
    • Lifshitz formula
  4. Lorentz invariance of Casimir energy
    • Lorentz invariance of Casimir catastrophe
    • Accelerated observer & Unruh-Hawking effect
    • Casimir energy in Cosmology
  5. New developments in Casimir energy
    • Casimir inertial mass
    • Casimir shear friction
    • Casimir mediated phonon transfer
    • Casimir (angular) momentum



The spotlight talk is financed through the STER program of the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)


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  • 23-05-2023 10:30 - 11:15
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