Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3993 (G. Bimonte et al.)

Conformal Field Theory of Critical Casimir Interactions in 2D    [PDF]

G. Bimonte, T. Emig, M. Kardar
Thermal fluctuations of a critical system induce long-ranged Casimir forces between objects that couple to the underlying field. For two dimensional (2D) conformal field theories (CFT) we derive an exact result for the Casimir interaction between two objects of arbitrary shape, in terms of (1) the free energy of a circular ring whose radii are determined by the mutual capacitance of two conductors with the objects' shape; and (2) a purely geometric energy that is proportional to conformal charge of the CFT, but otherwise super-universal in that it depends only on the shapes and is independent of boundary conditions and other details.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3993

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