The Reality of Casimir Friction

  title={The Reality of Casimir Friction},
  author={Kimball A. Milton and Johan S. H\oye and Iver Brevik},
For more than 35 years theorists have studied quantum or Casimir friction, which occurs when two smooth bodies move transversely to each other, experiencing a frictional dissipative force due to quantum electromagnetic fluctuations, which break time-reversal symmetry. These forces are typically very small, unless the bodies are nearly touching, and consequently such effects have never been observed, although lateral Casimir forces have been seen for corrugated surfaces. Partly because of the… CONTINUE READING