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Cas·i·mir effect

The effect of a net attractive force between objects in a vacuum, caused by the reduction of vacuum pressure in the space between the objects, where the wavelengths of vacuum fluctuations are more limited than in the space around the objects.

[After Hendrik Casimir (1909-2000), Dutch physicist who predicted its existence in collaboration with Dirk Polder (1919-2001), Dutch physicist.]
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The Casimir force, which was predicted in 1948 by Casimir [10], is a ZP fluctuation-induced attractive force between closely spaced metal or dielectric plates placed in a vacuum.
Lamoreaux, "Demonstration of the casimir force in the 0.6 to 6 pm range," Physical Review Letters, vol.
The study, which focused on developing an analytical expression for the lateral Casimir force experienced nanoparticles, could help scientists and engineers develop better nanoscale objects and circuits.
The Casimir force calculation of various geometries and materials has been a topic of great recent interest.
The influence of Casimir force on the pull-in instability of nano- and microsystems has been investigated by many researchers.
It should be mentioned that (11) was used in the early calculations of the Casimir force, for instance in [8], to perform the limit of vanishing regularization parameter.
While other media outlets focused on the looming risen cliff or baby news from the British royal family, the weekly Science News staff meeting was abuzz with talk of potential uses for hagfish slime and a renewed interest in the mysterious Casimir force (contributing editor Alexandra Witze expects to fill readers in with a story in the coming year).
He knew that as devices became smaller and smaller, they would fall prey to what is known as the Casimir force, an attractive force that comes into play when two very tiny metallic surfaces make very close contact.
The simplest way to imagine the Casimir force in action is to place two parallel metal plates in a vacuum.
Professor Ulf Leonhardt and Dr Thomas Philbin have been investigating a natural phenomenon known as the Casimir force.
The Casimir force that is changed using a beam of light, enabling the remote operation of micromachines, has been reported by Umar Mohideen, Univ.