Casimir Force Induced on a Plane by an Impenetrable Flux Tube of Finite Radius
Keywords:vacuum polarization, Casimir effect, magnetic vortex
A perfectly reflecting (Dirichlet) boundary condition at the edge of an impenetrable magnetic-flux-carrying tube of nonzero transverse size is imposed on the charged massive scalar matter field which is quantized outside the tube on a plane, which is transverse to the tube. We show that the vacuum polarization effects outside the tube give rise to a macroscopic force acting at the increase of the tube radius (if the magnetic flux is held steady).
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