Lifshitz theory of van der Waals pressure in dissipative media

Zheng, Yi; Narayanaswamy, Arvind

We derive a first-principles method of determining the van der Waals or Casimir pressure in a dissipative and dispersive planar multilayered system by calculating the Maxwell stress tensor in a fictitious layer of vacuum, that is eventually made to vanish, introduced in the structure. This is illustrated by calculating the van der Waals pressure in a thin film with dissipative properties embedded between two semi-infinite media.


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Mechanical Engineering
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October 3, 2013