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Quantum electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations in inhomogeneous dielectric media

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Publication date2011
Host publicationPhoton counting applications, quantum optics, and quantum information transfer and processing III: proceedings of the SPIE
EditorsIvan Prochazka, Jaromír Fiurásek
Number of pages7
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A new mathematical and computational technique for calculating quantum vacuum expectation values of energy and momentum densities associated with electromagnetic fields in bounded domains containing inhomogeneous media is discussed. This technique is illustrated by calculating the mode contributions to the difference in the vacuum force expectation between opposite ends of an inhomogeneous dielectric non-dispersive medium confined to a perfectly conducting rigid box.