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Symmetry 2018, 10(3), 61; doi:10.3390/sym10030061

The Impact of the Anisotropy of the Media between Parallel Plates on the Casimir Force

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Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for High-Efficiency Utilization of Solar Energy, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan 430068, China
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School of Science, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan 430068, China
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MOE Key Laboratory of Fundamental Physical Quantities Measurement, Hubei Key Laboratory of Gravitation and Quantum Physics, School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Received: 30 December 2017 / Revised: 9 February 2018 / Accepted: 2 March 2018 / Published: 7 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Casimir Physics and Applications)
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Abstract

Quantum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field give rise to the force between parallel plates: the Casimir force. We theoretically calculate the Casimir force between two parallel isotropic plates when the space between the plates is filled with anisotropic material. Our result shows that the Casimir force, especially in the direction of the force, can be significantly affected by the anisotropy of the intervening material. We also discuss the combined influence of dispersion and anisotropy, and analyze the impact of the external electric filed on the Casimir force by affecting the anisotropy of the intervening material by Kerr electro-optical effect. View Full-Text
Keywords: Casimir effect; anisotropy; repulsive Casimir force; Kerr electro-optical effect Casimir effect; anisotropy; repulsive Casimir force; Kerr electro-optical effect
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Deng, G.; Pei, L.; Hu, N.; Liu, Y.; Zhu, J.-R. The Impact of the Anisotropy of the Media between Parallel Plates on the Casimir Force. Symmetry 2018, 10, 61.

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