Magnetic moment of an electron near a surface with dispersion

Bennett, R. and Eberlein, C. (2012) Magnetic moment of an electron near a surface with dispersion. New Journal of Physics, 14(12), 123035. (doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/14/12/123035)

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Boundary-dependent radiative corrections that modify the magnetic moment of an electron near a dielectric or conducting surface are investigated. Normal-mode quantization of the electromagnetic field and perturbation theory applied to the Dirac equation for a charged particle in a weak magnetic field yield a general formula for the magnetic moment correction in terms of any choice of electromagnetic mode functions. For two particular models, a non-dispersive dielectric and an undamped plasma, it is shown that, by using contour integration techniques over a complex wave vector, this can be simplified to a formula featuring just integrals over TE and TM reflection coefficients of the surface. Analysing the magnetic moment correction for several models of surfaces, we obtain markedly different results from the previously considered simplistic 'perfect reflector' model, which is due to the inclusion of physically important features of the surface like evanescent field modes and dispersion in the material. Remarkably, for a general dispersive dielectric surface, the magnetic moment correction of an electron nearby has a peak whose position and height can be tuned by choice of material parameters.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bennett, Dr Robert
Authors: Bennett, R., and Eberlein, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:New Journal of Physics
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN (Online):1367-2630
Published Online:31 December 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
First Published:First published in New Journal of Physics 14(12): 123035
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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