On Casimir forces for media with arbitrary dielectric properties

W. L, C. Villarreal, R.Esquivel-Sirvent.


We derive an expression for the Casimir force between slabs with arbitrary dielectric properties characterized by their reflection coefficients. The formalism presented here is applicable to media with a local or a non-local dielectric response, an infinite or a finite width, inhomogeneous dissipative, etc. Our results reduce to the Lifshitz formula for the force between semi-infinite dielectric slabs by replacing the reflection coefficients by the Fresnel amplitudes.


Casimir forces; dielectrics; Lifshitz formula

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