An Epitaxial Device for Dynamic Interaction with the Vacuum State (U.S./International pat. pend.)
Updated: May 18, 2021
Dr. David Hyland, Director, Space Science and Space Engineering Research at Texas A&M University presents "An Epitaxial Device for Dynamic Interaction with the Vacuum State." (U.S. and International patents pending)
Over 60 years ago, H. B. G. Casimir and D. Polder [1, 2] explained the retarded van der Waals force in terms of the zero-point energy of a quantized field.
Regarding the pressure on moving mirrors due to the dynamic Casimir effect, Neto and colleagues, [3-7], took a perturbative approach on the assumption that the mirror motion is << than the wavelengths of interest. (causality issues?)
Maclay and Forward, , used this work to investigate the Dynamic Casimir effect as a propulsive mechanism. – Duetothehighfrequenciesofmirrormotionneeded,theyconcluded that owing to the limited strength of materials, the maximum amplitudes must be at the nanometer scale.
Recent progress (including other work presented at this workshop!) has provided experimental support
This presentation describes an idea to attain large amplitudes, and develops analysis to support manufacture of a test item.