Physical Review Letters
The authors have measured by laser spectroscopy the energy of interaction between a sodium atom and its images in the walls of a micron-sized cavity. This cavity-QED study is the first direct quantitative test of the Lennard-Jones van der Waals interaction as a function of controlled atom-surface separation and mean-square electric dipole moment.
Original Publication Citation
Sandoghdar, V., Sukenik, C.I., Hinds, E.A., & Haroche, S. (1992). Direct measurement of the van der Waals interaction between an atom and its images in a micron-sized cavity. Physical Review Letters, 68(23), 3432-3435. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.68.3432
Sandoghdar, V.; Sukenik, C. I.; Hinds, E. A.; and Haroche, S., "Direct Measurement of the Van Der Waals Interaction Between an Atom and Its Images in a Micron-Sized Cavity" (1992). Physics Faculty Publications. 6.