Reversing the critical Casimir force by shape deformation
Author(s)Bimonte, Giuseppe; Emig, Thorsten; Kardar, Mehran
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The exact critical Casimir force between periodically deformed boundaries of a 2D semi-infinite strip is obtained for conformally invariant classical systems. Only two parameters (conformal charge, dimension of a boundary changing operator), along with the solution of an electrostatic problem, determine the Casimir force, rendering the theory practically applicable to any shape. The attraction between any two mirror symmetric objects follows directly from our general result. The possibility of purely shape induced reversal of the force, as well as occurrence of stable equilibrium is demonstrated for certain conformally invariant models, including the tricritical Ising model.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Physics Letters B
Bimonte, Giuseppe, Thorsten Emig, and Mehran Kardar. “Reversing the Critical Casimir Force by Shape Deformation.” Physics Letters B 743 (April 2015): 138–142.
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