Friday, May 5, 2017

Vacuum Fluctuations and the Casimir Effect



What are the latest theoretical and experimental developments with the Casimir effect, and are vacuum fluctuations physical, or simply a convenient model for calculating the effects of quantum noise in the fields of matter? On this episode of Physics Frontiers, we explore some of the surprising discoveries that physicists have made unraveling the strange dynamics of mechanical components so small that they can’t even be seen through an optical microscope. And along the way we consider some of the fundamental mysteries of quantum field theory, as applied physics enters the realm of nanotechnology…and approaches exotic new possibilities like quantum levitation.

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Notes:

(1) Materials Perspective on Casimir and van der Waals Interactions by Woods, et al., the basis for this discussion.

(2) Our Subreddit

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