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Title: Materials perspective on Casimir and van der Waals interactions

Interactions induced by electromagnetic fluctuations, such as van der Waals and Casimir forces, are of universal nature present at any length scale between any types of systems. In such interactions these are important not only for the fundamental science of materials behavior, but also for the design and improvement of micro- and nanostructured devices. In the past decade, many new materials have become available, which has stimulated the need for understanding their dispersive interactions. The field of van der Waals and Casimir forces has experienced an impetus in terms of developing novel theoretical and computational methods to provide new insights into related phenomena. The understanding of such forces has far reaching consequences as it bridges concepts in materials, atomic and molecular physics, condensed-matter physics, high-energy physics, chemistry, and biology. Our review summarizes major breakthroughs and emphasizes the common origin of van der Waals and Casimir interactions. Progress related to novel ab initio modeling approaches and their application in various systems, interactions in materials with Dirac-like spectra, force manipulations through nontrivial boundary conditions, and applications of van der Waals forces in organic and biological matter are examined. Finally, the outlook of the review is to give the scientific community a materialsmore » perspective of van der Waals and Casimir phenomena and stimulate the development of experimental techniques and applications.« less
Authors:
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  1. Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Univ. of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg)
  4. Univ. of Paris-Sud, Orsay (France)
  5. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)
  6. Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (United States); Jozef Stefan Inst. (IJS), Ljubljana (Slovenia); Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-15-26727
Journal ID: ISSN 0034-6861; RMPHAT
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; FG02-06ER46297; SC0008176; DMR-1454836
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Reviews of Modern Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 88; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0034-6861
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Material Science
OSTI Identifier:
1374340
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1330910