Engineers Unveil First Casimir Chip That Exploits The Vacuum Energy
Date: Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 21:45:41 EDT
Topic: Devices

Nanofabrication engineers have built the first on-chip device that exploits the Casimir effect

One of the strangest effects to arise from the quantum nature of the universe is the Casimir force. This pushes two parallel conducting plates together when they are just a few dozen nanometres apart. 

At these kinds of scales, the Casimir force can dominate and engineers are well aware of its unwanted effects. One reason why microelectromechanical machines have never reached their original promise is the stiction that Casimir forces can generate. 

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