Casimir force in micro and nano electro mechanical systems

Ricardo Decca, Vladimir Aksyuk, Daniel López

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The last 10 years have seen the emergence of micro and nano mechanical force sensors capable of measuring the Casimir interaction with great accuracy and precision. These measurements have proved fundamental to further develop the understanding of vacuum fluctuations in the presence of boundary conditions. These micromechanical sensors have also allowed to quantify the influence of materials properties, sample geometry and unwanted interactions over the measurement of the Casimir force. In this review we describe the benefits of using micro-mechanical sensors to detect the Casimir interaction, we summarize the most recent experimental results and we suggest potential optomechanical experiments that would allow measuring this force in regimes that are currently unreachable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCasimir Physics
EditorsDiego Dalvit, Peter Milonni, David Roberts, Felipe Rosa
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics
ISSN (Print)0075-8450

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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