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Steve K. Lamoreaux, now at Los Alamos National Laboratory, initially measured the tiny force in It is generally true that the amount of energy in a piece of vacuum can be altered by material around it, and the term "Casimir Effect" is also used in this broader context. If the mirrors move rapidly, some Casimir the vacuum waves can become real waves. Julian Schwinger and many others have suggested that this "dynamical Casimir effect" may be responsible for the mysterious phenomenon known as sonoluminescence.

One of the most interesting aspects of vacuum energy with or without mirrors is that, calculated in quantum field theory, it is infinite! The experts of the Foundation cooperate with media on a regular basis commenting on matters connected with international politics.

It is also the publisher of the Communication Platform for Non-Governmental Organizations, Casimir web initiative is organized under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The values of the foundation are exemplified by General Casimir Pulaski. Throughout his career, he was a tireless defender of freedom, justice and democracy, and thus serves as an inspiration for all initiatives undertaken by the Foundation.

As both a fighter for Polish independence and the "father of the American cavalry", Casimir Pulaski is considered a Casimir on two continents. Further work shows that the repulsive force can be generated with materials of carefully-chosen dielectrics. It has been suggested that the Casimir forces have application in nanotechnology, [51] in particular silicon integrated circuit technology based micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems, and so-called Casimir oscillators.

The Casimir effect shows that quantum field theory allows the energy density in certain regions of space to be negative relative to the ordinary vacuum energy, and it has been shown theoretically that quantum field theory allows states where the energy can be arbitrarily negative at a given point.

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Bibcode : PhT American Journal of Physics. Bibcode : AmJPh. Physics Letters A. The force drops off quickly the further apart the place is. Casimir and Dirk Polder, suggested the effect while working on fluid properties, such as why mayonnaise flows so slowly A variant of the Casimir Effect is the dynamic Casimir effect.

In this case, one of the plates moves and causes the accumulation of photons within the region between the plates. These plates are mirrored so that the photons continue to accumulate between them. This effect was experimentally verified in May as reported in Scientific American and Technology Review.

For two perfect, plane, parallel mirrors the Casimir force is therefore attractive and the mirrors are pulled together. While the Casimir force is too small to be observed for mirrors that are several metres apart, it can be measured if the mirrors are within microns of each other. Although this force might appear small, at distances below a micrometre the Casimir force becomes the strongest force between two neutral objects.

Indeed at separations of 10 nm — about a hundred times the typical size of an atom — the Casimir effect produces the equivalent of 1 atmosphere of pressure. Although we do not deal directly with such small distances in our everyday lives, they are important in nanoscale structures and microelectromechanical systems MEMS.

Electronic components are then wired on to the device to process information that it senses or to drive the movement of its mechanical parts. MEMS have many possible applications in science and engineering, and are already used as car air-bag pressure sensors. As MEMS devices are fabricated on the micron and submicron scale, the Casimir force can cause the tiny elements in a device to stick together — as reported recently by Michael Roukes and co-workers at the California Institute of Technology Phys.

B 63 But the Casimir force can also be put to good use. Last year Federico Capasso and his group at Lucent Technologies showed how the force can be used to control the mechanical motion of a MEMS device Science The researchers suspended a polysilicon plate from a torsional rod — a twisting horizontal bar just a few microns in diameter figure 2. When they brought a metallized sphere close up to the plate, the attractive Casimir force between the two objects made the plate rotate.

They also studied the dynamical behaviour of the MEMS device by making the plate oscillate. The Casimir force reduced the rate of oscillation and led to nonlinear phenomena, such as hysteresis and bistability in the frequency response of the oscillator. When the Casimir effect was first predicted in it was very difficult to measure using the equipment of the time. One of the first experiments was carried out in by Marcus Spaarnay at Philips in Eindhoven, who investigated the Casimir force between two flat, metallic mirrors made from either aluminium, chromium or steel.

Spaarnay measured the force using a spring balance, the extension of which was determined by the capacitance of the Casimir plates. To prevent the Casimir force from being swamped by the electrostatic force, the mirrors had to be kept neutral by first touching them together before each measurement was made. Spaarnay also had to ensure that the plane mirrors were exactly parallel to each other, as the Casimir force is very sensitive to changes in distance.

Since those early days, however, sophisticated equipment has made it much easier to study the Casimir effect. A new generation of measurements began in Steve Lamoreaux, who was then at the University of Washington in Seattle, measured Casimir Casimir force between a 4 cm diameter spherical lens and an optical quartz plate about 2.

The lens and plate were connected to a torsion pendulum — a twisting horizontal bar suspended by a tungsten wire — placed in a cylindrical vessel under vacuum. When Lamoreaux brought the lens and plate together to within several microns of each other, the Casimir force pulled the two objects together and caused the pendulum to twist.

In a series of experiments they brought the sphere, which was coated with either aluminium or gold, to within 0. The resulting attraction between the sphere and the disk was monitored by the deviation of a laser beam. Thomas Ederth at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, has also used an atomic force microscope to study the Casimir effect.

However, very few recent experiments have measured the Casimir force using the original configuration of two plane, parallel mirrors.


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