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A quantum top in a Casimir-induced quadrupole field

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dc.contributor.advisor Robert L. Jaffe. en_US Fitzgerald, Eric Andrew Vitus en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US 2012-01-30T16:57:07Z 2012-01-30T16:57:07Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 37-38). en_US
dc.description.abstract The Casimir energy is the change in energy of a configuration of objects due to second quantization of the electromagnetic field. The Casimir energy of a dielectric object inside a perfectly conducting sphere was recently analyzed [1]. Building on this result, I calculate the changes in energy levels of a quantum top inside a cavity after promoting the Casimir energy to a quantum Hamiltonian. I apply the result to a diatomic molecule and find the changes in the spectroscopy induced by the Casimir effect. This can potentially provide an additional experimental probe into the Casimir effect. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Eric Andrew Vitus Fitzgerald. en_US
dc.format.extent 38 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Physics. en_US
dc.title A quantum top in a Casimir-induced quadrupole field en_US
dc.title.alternative Casimir effect on a quantum top en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 773356217 en_US

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