Casimir Forces and Quantum Electrodynamical Torques: Physics and Nanomechanics

  title={Casimir Forces and Quantum Electrodynamical Torques: Physics and Nanomechanics},
  author={Federico Capasso and Jeremy N. Munday and Davide Iannuzzi and Ho Bun Chan},
  journal={IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics},
This paper discusses recent developments on quantum electrodynamical (QED) phenomena, such as the Casimir effect, and their use in nanomechanics and nanotechnology in general. Casimir forces and torques arise from quantum fluctuations of vacuum or, more generally, from the zero-point energy of materials and their dependence on the boundary conditions of the electromagnetic fields. Because the latter can be tailored, this raises the interesting possibility of designing QED forces for specific… 
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