Casimir forces in a plasma: possible connections to Yukawa potentials
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Original versionEuropean Physical Journal D : Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. 2014, 68 328-337. 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.