KITP  workshop on              "Stochastic Geometry & Field Theory"           August 16, 2006

The Geometry Dependence of Fluctuation-Induced Forces

Mehran Kardar (MIT)

Hao Li, Ramin Golestanian

Thorsten Emig, Andreas Hanke

Roya Zandi, Joseph Rudnick

Mark Hertzberg, Antonello Scardicchio, Robert Jaffe

I.       Casimir force: theory and experiment                                          

II.      Thermal fluctuations: superfluid films                                        

III.     Corrugated surfaces:  normal and lateral forces          

IV.     Dynamic effects:  force and radiation from moving plates  

V.      Cylinder-plate vs. sphere-plate

VI.     Repulsive forces? sphere, piston