Repulsive Casimir and Van Der Waals Forces: From Measurements to Future Technologies
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Munday, J. N.
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CitationMunday, J. N., and Federico Capasso. 2010. “Repulsive Casimir and van der Waals forces: From measurements to future technologies.” International Journal of Modern Physics A 25 (11): 2252–59. https://doi.org/10.1142/s0217751x10049529.
AbstractBy engineering the boundary conditions of electromagnetic fields between material interfaces, one can dramatically change the Casimir-Lifshitz force between surfaces as a result of the modified zero-point energy density of the system. Repulsive interactions between macroscopic bodies occur when their dielectric responses obey a particular inequality, as pointed out by Dzyaloshinskii, Lifshitz, and Pitaevskii. We discuss experimental verification of this behavior as well as a description of how this can be used to develop a scheme for quantum levitation. Based on these concepts, we discuss the possible development of a new class of devices based on ultra-low static friction and the ability to sort objects based on their dielectric functions.
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