24-26 June 2019
Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba
Japan timezone

Anomalous Casimir effect in axion electrodynamics

24 Jun 2019, 17:00
2h
122 (Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba)

122

Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba

3-29-1 Otsuka Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 112-0012 Japan
Board: 22

Speaker

Mr Zebin Qiu (University of Tokyo)

Description

The Casimir effect is relevant for QCD physics in many contexts such as a possible origin of the dark energy, an extra pressure in the hadron bag model etc. In this talk we delve into the Casimir effect in (3+1)-dimensional Maxwell-Chern-Simons (MCS) theory aka axion electrodynamics. It is known that two bodies with reflection symmetry always have an attractive Casimir force, but this ``no-go theorem'' has been challenged recently. We demonstrate that a spatially inhomogeneous topological $\theta$ angle induces a repulsive Casimir force. This is a detectable effect in the topological insulator for which axion electrodynamics is the effective theory.

Primary author

Mr Zebin Qiu (University of Tokyo)

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