Title: Casimir Effect: Diffraction and general boundary conditions
Speaker: Dimitra Karabali
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Place: Seminar Room 313, Simons Center
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Abstract: Casimir effect refers to the emergence of macroscopic forces between neutral material bodies, such as conducting plates, in vacuum arising from the quantum fluctuations of fields. I will present a new method to calculate the diffractive corrections to Casimir energy due to boundary edges and apertures for different geometries. The effect of edges and apertures is expressed in terms of a nonlocal lower-dimensional boundary field theory, which allows for an analytical treatment. This can be extended to finite temperature and general boundary conditions.