[extropy-chat] Casimir Torque Project

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Sat May 7 16:13:19 UTC 2005

--- scerir <scerir at libero.it> wrote:
> From: "Mike Lorrey" 
> > The key feature that is needed is that each gap vane 
> > needs to generate more Casimir pressure in one direction 
> > while not in the other. 
> But also constantly (and strong enough). It is - perhaps - 
> easy to create a *temporary* asymmetry.
> ----    ----    ----    ----          fixed multi-plate
>   < ----    ----    ----    ----      sliding multi-plate
> (You can also imagine round multiplates, one fixed and
> the other spinning).
> Due to the "lateral" Casimir force, the sliding multi-plate
> moves to the left, because the plates of the sliding multi-plate 
> and of the fixed multi-plate tend to overlap. During the
> process the sum of field energy and mechanical energy is
> (supposed to be) constant. 
> ----    ----    ----    ----    fixed multi-plate
> ----    ----    ----    ----    sliding multi-plate
> But when you get the configuration here above, how
> to create a new asymmetry? 

Try using a field effect. As Casimir Force is an electric force, some
sort of asymmetric electric field should do the trick.

Mike Lorrey
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