Chapter 4. Modes at flat interfaces

  1. Bo E. Sernelius Professor

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603166.ch4

Surface Modes in Physics

Surface Modes in Physics

How to Cite

Sernelius, B. E. (2001) Modes at flat interfaces, in Surface Modes in Physics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527603166.ch4

Author Information

  1. Department of Physics and Measurement Technology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden,∼boser/

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 29 MAY 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527403134

Online ISBN: 9783527603169



  • surface modes;
  • modes at flat interfaces;
  • single interface;
  • slab geometry;
  • Casimir effect;
  • metal surfaces;
  • quantum wells


  • Modes at a single interface

    • Metal-vacuum interface

    • Semiconductor-vacuum interface

  • Modes in slab geometry

    • Metal slab in vacuum

    • Semiconductor slab in vacuum

    • Vacuum gap in a metal

    • Vacuum gap in a semiconductor

  • The Casimir effect

    • Casimir effect at zero temperature

    • Casimir effect at finite temperature

  • Metal surfaces

    • Surface energy of metals

    • Optical properties of mercury

    • Surface tension of mercury

  • Quantum wells

    • Casimir and van der Waals forces between two 2D metallic sheets

    • Plasmon-pole approximation