The thermal Casimir effect for conducting plates and the Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem

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Bimonte, Giuseppe
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We examine recent prescriptions for estimating the thermal Casimir force between two metallic plates from the point of view of their consistency with the Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem of classical statistical physics. We find that prescriptions including the effect of ohmic dissipation satisfy the theorem, while prescriptions that neglect ohmic dissipation do not.
Comment: 3 pages, contribution to the proceedings of the QFEXT09 conference, 21-25 September, 2009, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
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Quantum Physics, High Energy Physics - Theory
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