2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Casimir Effect and its Applications


Alex J. McQuinn
Dr. Ian Lindevald, Faculty Mentor

The Casimir Effect describes a force between two very closely spaced parallel conducting plates in a vacuum. It is a result of quantum electrodynamics and relies on vacuum or “zero-point” energy arising from quantum field fluctuations. Specific field properties and boundary conditions determine if the force is attractive or repulsive. We review the history of the Casimir Effect and explore why it has attracted so much attention in the past two decades, and we discuss its enormous potential in many scientific fields with near-future developments expected in modern nanotechnologies like electromagnetic sensors, accelerometers, and more.

 

Keywords: Casimir Effect, Quantum, Nanotechnology

Topic(s):Physics

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 17-4
Location: https://flipgrid.com/db94b0d7
Time: 0:00

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