# Casimir effect and the quantum vacuum

@article{Jaffe2005CasimirEA, title={Casimir effect and the quantum vacuum}, author={R. L. Jaffe}, journal={Physical Review D}, year={2005}, volume={72}, pages={021301} }

In discussions of the cosmological constant, the Casimir effect is often invoked as decisive evidence that the zero-point energies of quantum fields are ''real.'' On the contrary, Casimir effects can be formulated and Casimir forces can be computed without reference to zero-point energies. They are relativistic, quantum forces between charges and currents. The Casimir force (per unit area) between parallel plates vanishes as {alpha}, the fine structure constant, goes to zero, and the standard… CONTINUE READING

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