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Casimir forces in a plasma: possible connections to Yukawa potentials

Barry W. Ninham, Mathias Boström, Clas Persson, Iver Brevik, Stefan Y. Buhmann, and Bo E. Sernelius


Eur. Phys. J. D (2014) 68: 328 – Published 28 October 2014

DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2014-50484-8

We present theoretical and numerical results for the screened Casimir effect between perfect metal surfaces in a plasma. We show how the Casimir effect in an electron-positron plasma can provide an important contribution to nuclear interactions. Our results suggest that there is a connection between Casimir forces and nucleon forces mediated by mesons. Correct nuclear energies and meson masses appear to emerge naturally from the screened Casimir-Lifshitz effect

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