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Progress in Experimental Measurements of the Surface–Surface Casimir Force: Electrostatic Calibrations and Limitations to Accuracy

  • Steve K. LamoreauxEmail author
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 834)

Abstract

Several new experiments have extended studies of the Casimir force into new and interesting regimes. This recent work will be briefly reviewed. With this recent progress, new issues with background electrostatic effects have been uncovered. The myriad of problems associated with both patch potentials and electrostatic calibrations are discussed and the remaining open questions are brought forward.

Keywords

Casimir Force Contact Potential Electrostatic Effect Perfect Conductor Finite Conductivity 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

I thank my colleagues and collaborators W.-J. Kim, A.O. Sushkov, H.X. Tang, and D.A.R. Dalvit for many fruitful discussions that led to the understanding of our Ge experiment, and to deeper understanding of the Casimir force in general. I also thank R. Onofrio and S. de Man for a number of discussions over the last few years that were helpful in clarifying a number of issues. SKL was supported by the DARPA/MTO Casimir Effect Enhancement project under SPAWAR contract number N66001-09-1-2071.

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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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