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C. Henkel
Exploring surface interactions with atom chips
submitted to  Rev. Mod. Phys. (2005)


    We review the current status of the field of atom-surface interactions, with an emphasis on the regimes specific to atom chips. Recent developments in theory and experiment are highlighted. In particular, atom-surface interactions define physical limits for miniaturization and coherent operation. This implies constraints for applications in quantum information processing or matter wave interferometry. We focus on atom-surface interaction potentials induced by vacuum fluctuations (Van der Waals and Casimir-Polder forces), and on transitions between atomic quantum states that are induced by thermally excited magnetic near fields. Open questions and current challenges are sketched.

[ quant-ph/0512043 ]

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