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Regularization of the Casimir effect

For starters, let me say that although the Casimir effect is standard textbook stuff, the only QFT textbook I have in reach is Weinberg and he doesn't discuss it. So the only source I currently have ...
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If energy is only defined up to a constant, can we really claim that ground state energy has an absolute value?

Sorry if this is really naive, but we learned in Newtonian physics that the total energy of a system is only defined up to an additive constant, since you can always add a constant to the potential ...
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dynamic casimir effect

A few years ago, when i studied the casimir effect interpretation as the filtering out of vacuum modes with appropiate boundary conditions, i had the following dilemma; supposedly the derivation of ...
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how does dynamic casimir effect generate correlated photons

There is a recent paper on arxiv receiving lot of acclaim http://arxiv.org/abs/1105.4714 The authors experimentally show that moving a mirror of a cavity at high speeds produces light from high ...
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Does Unruh Radiation replace the cosmic horizon radiation?

A recent paper, titled Inertia from an Asymmetric Casimir Effect, discusses the universal horizons relative to an accelerating observer (Rindler space). A figure it used to demonstrate its point ...
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Casimir effect as an entropic force

When I first learned about the depletion interaction, my initial reaction was that it looks very similar to the Casimir effect. On making this remark to the professor, he replied somewhat mystically: ...
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Can 'negative energy' be created by the Casimir Effect?

In several papers about Time machines I have read that the Casimir effect can be used to create negative energy, so the Alcubierre-device or wormholes could be produced. How can negative energy be ...
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Resultant curvature tensor from the Casimir Effect

I've often seen the Casimir effect cited as a source of negative energy/exotic matter with regards to ideas like the Alcubierre drive. The articles then go on to note that the energy required by the ...
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A question to clarify the use of divergent series in calculating the casimir effect

Some time ago I posted a question here on this forum. I would like to ask some questions regarding the way the energy per unit area between metallic plates is calculated. The full calculation is on ...
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Which values of the Riemann zeta funtion at negative arguments come up in physics?

For my bachelor's thesis, I am investigating Divergent Series. Apart from the mathematical theory behind them (which I find fascinating), I am also interested in their applications in physics. ...
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Casimir forces due to scalar field using Path integrals

I have just started learning QFT. I have just completed scalar fields, which I learnt in using Canonical Quantisation and Path integrals. I did calculation of Casimir force between two metal plates ...
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Zeta regularization and Renormalization group

Is there a physical method to prove for example when the zeta regularization of a series $$ 1+2^{k}+3^{k}+............= \zeta (-k) $$ gives the correct result: Casimir effect, vacuum energy and when ...
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Casimir Forces and its associated Feynman Propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Relation between Casimir and hydrophobic effects

Background Some years ago I was studying "Fundamentos de biologĂ­a" (Biology fundamentals) and learned how the lipids create a bilayer due to the water repulsion. Some time later I learned that this ...
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Casmir effect creating positive energies in vacumn

The Casmir force is explained by wave exclusion: Two parallel plates create a reduction in the possible modes of vacuum oscillations between them, reducing the energy of the vacuum. Since we define ...
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Negative energy and large-scale spacetime structure

I was reading an essay from Stephen Hawking's on the Space and Time warps and I was trying to make sense on some statements referring to the Casimir effect such as: The energy density of empty ...
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what causes virtual particle pair production to not occur in the space occupied by matter?

Are virtual particles only popping in and out of existence where the local energy density is below a certain point? What I wonder is, does any kind of matter prevent the pairs from appearing? Is ...
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Can you “fold” EM or light waves? (i.e) long wave that is reflected by mirror in fragments - like in the game “Snake”

So, I was reading about the Casimir effect. Two mirrors facing each other attract to each other in a vacuum. The reason is due to pressure exerted on those mirrors from the multitude of EM waves (like ...
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Effects of parallel superconducting plates

Assuming the existence of virtual particle field ( zero point energy field) Casimir force is produced by 2 parallel conducting plates excluding some of the frequencies between the plates, if these 2 ...
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Calculating Tr(log($\Delta_F$))

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = ...
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Is the Casimir effect also present between two event horizons?

A follow-up to this question: Is the Casimir effect also present between two event horizons?
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Does the Casimir Effect violate the Quantum Inequalities?

Does the Casimir Effect violate the Quantum Inequalities? From what I understand, the Casimir Effect is able to produce negative energy densities for an indefinite amount of time, or is that wrong?
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Faster-than-light communication using Alcubierre warp drive metric around a single qubit?

The Alcubierre warp drive metric has been criticized on the points of requiring a large amount of exotic matter with negative energy, and conditions deadly for human travellers inside the bubble. What ...
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Zero Point Fluctuations

The total energy of a mode in a quantum mechanical resonator is given by $E_n ~=~ (n+ 1/2)hf$ where $n$ is the number of modes. So when there are no modes or vibrations, i.e. $n=0$, the energy is ...
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vander waals and casimir forces

Does one need to invoke quantum mechanics to explain casimir force or vander waals force. I see that textbooks show derivation of vander waal force with no QM but casimir force is typically described ...
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How does slow anti-hydrogen annihilate with normal matter in the lab?

In a recent article: Physical Review A 83, 032903 (2011), A.Yu. Voronin, P.Froelich, V.V. Nesvizhevsky, Antihydrogen Gravitational Quantum States the authors claim that anti-hydrogen has a lifetime ...
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Caimir effect regularization for every divergent sum or series

can we use the tools of renormalization of casimir effect to get finite results for any divergent series in QFT ?? for example let be the divergent series $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{l} $ for positive ...
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Minimum atomic clearance permitting motion

Suppose you were to build the piston and cylinder in a car engine atom-by-atom. Let's just say carbon, since you can make a lot of different shapes due to it's high valence. So assuming you make the ...
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what is the relationship between the dynamical casimir effect and virtual particles?

Since virtual particles are disturbances in a field, and not particles in any sense, as explained here, how is it that true photons arise from them when excited with kinetic energy via the dynamical ...
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Does the Higgs boson contribute to the Casimir effect?

I read that all bosons contribute to the casimir effect with an attractive force. http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Quantum/casimir.html Does the Higgs boson contribute to the Casimir effect? ...
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Regulating the sum in Casimir Force

I am trying to evaluate the Casimir force using a Gaussian regulator (I know there are other much easier ways to do this, but I want to try this!) We then are reduced to evaluating the sum $$ ...
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Why dynamic Casimir effect does not appear in static gravity field?

Dynamic Casimir effect tells us that a constantly-accelerated mirror should emit radiation due to interaction with vacuum. Following principle of equivalence, a similar mirror placed in static ...
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Why is “space-time” not fully explained as the observational effect of the casimir effect seen from a human perspective?

Simply stated the casimir effect can be observed bringing two plates together microscopically and in vaccum Is this analogous to the observation of gravity? Question: What is casimir effect? ...
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Why does the Casimir effect require metallic plates?

The typical example of the Casimir effect is of two uncharged metallic plates in a vacuum, placed a few micrometers apart. Why do the plates need to be metallic?
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What properties does the conductor making the plates for Casimir effect have?

Reading this explanation, I've understood that the divergence in computation of Casimir force on two parallel conducting plates is because of an unphysical model of ideal conductor, which makes EM ...
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Can or does the Casimir effect play a role in solving the electron self-energy problem?

The Casimir effect is usually derived for parallel plates, with the pressure going as the inverse fourth power of the separation. It strikes me that this implies that a tiny spherical shell of charge ...
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Casimir force between plate and sphere

In our quantum optics lecture we derived the formula for the Casimir force between two plates (or at least the force per unit surface, since for two infinite plates we would have an infinite force). ...
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Could one transmit a signal with equally-tuned casimir plates across the quantum field?

It seems, one could exploit the Casimir effect to send messages across arbitrarily-large distances with carefully-tuned Casimir plates. Obviously, relativity would preclude FTL information transfer, ...
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Casimir effect plate experiment

i was a little confused about the casimir effect. my understanding is with the 2 plate experiment there was a force pushing the plates together because there were less virtual particles in between the ...
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Casimir effect when the zeta function has a pole

let us suppose the Casimir force/ Vaccumm energy of a certain system $$ E_{casimir}= \sum _{n} \omega _{n} $$ which is formally equal to $ E_{casimir}= \zeta _{spec}(-1) $ with $ \zeta ...
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Effect of strength of magnetic field on the height of a levitating superconductor?

Quantum levitation, flux pinning -- basically, when a superconductor floats above a permanent magnet, is really fascinating. But does the strength of the magnetic field influence the superconductor's ...
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Casimir Effect - Other force cause plates to attract

How do we know that virtual-particle's virtual-pressure differences caused the plates to collide in the Casimir Effect Experiments. What about micro-gravitation-fields produced but the plates ...
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Does the Casimir effect give the correct value for Dark Energy?

My understanding is that the Casimir Effect is caused by vacuum energy. Quantum mechanics (QED) predicts vacuum energy, but gets the value grossly wrong, by a factor of $10^{120}$. On the other hand, ...