Toward a better system for short range precision force measurements

Thomas Bsaibes, Luís Pires, David Czaplewski, Daniel López, Ricardo S. Decca

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Many precision experiments have been done in the Casimir regime and in short range gravity when the separation between the interacting bodies is in the sub-micron range. Experimental complexity is minimized when one of the bodies is a sphere and the other one is a plate, making the alignment between the two bodies ubiquitous. Our group has produced the most precise Casimir measurements, and the best limits on predicted Yukawa-like potentials by measuring a force between a R â 150μm sphere attached to a (500μm)2 micro-mechanical oscillator and a planar source mass. By replacing the spherical surface with a fraction of a 500μm long cylinder with R â 150μm, the force sensitivity can be greatly enhanced. Here, it is paramount to know the angular deviation between the long axis of the cylinder and both the axis of rotation of the oscillator and the plate. Tests between a cylinder and a structure etched into a silicon wafer show that deviations of 20μrad are readily accessible. Additionally, a scaled up experiment is used to investigate if capacitance measurements can determine the orientation of the cylinder with respect to a plane with the required precision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2040002
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 30 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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