# Is it possible to produce Fermions from the dynamical Casimir effect?

As I understand it, the dynamical Casimir effect has been demonstrated in the laboratory and has been found to allow the emission of photons from the vacuum. Given the right frequency of the oscillating mirror, and the right energy supplied to the experiment, could one potentially produce fermions such as a proton or neutron? Do protons/positrons get created as virtual particle pairs in the zero point energy fluctuations, or only bosons?

As one needs 0.551MeV for each, electron and positron, this cannot happen in the Casimir experiment. The vacuum energy density is supplied by the solid state electromagnetic energies which are of much smaller energy, as the experiment found microwave radiation ( order ~$$10^{-5}$$ electron volts).