Gedanken experiments with Casimir forces and vacuum energy

  title={Gedanken experiments with Casimir forces and vacuum energy},
  author={G. Jordan Maclay},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  • G. J. Maclay
  • Published 10 September 2010
  • Physics
  • Physical Review A
Gedanken experiments are used to explore properties of quantum vacuum energy that are currently challenging to explore experimentally. A constant lateral Casimir force is predicted to exist between two overlapping finite parallel plates at 0 K; otherwise it would be possible to extract an arbitrary amount of energy from the quantum vacuum. A rigid unpowered object cannot be accelerated by the quantum vacuum because of the translational symmetry of space. By considering systems in which vacuum… 
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