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Title: Demonstrating the strong geometry dependence of the Casimir force on a surface with deep, nanoscale corrugations
Authors: Chan, Ho Bun
Bao, Y.
Zou, J.
Cirelli, R. A.
Klemens, F.
Mansfield, W. M.
Pai, C. S.
Keywords: Casimir force
Quantum fluctuations
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2010
Citation: International journal of modern physics A, v. 25, iss. 11, 2010, p. 2212-2222
Abstract: We measure the Casimir force gradient between silicon surfaces with nanoscale, rectangular corrugations and a gold sphere attached to a micromechanical torsional oscillator. By comparing the force gradients on the corrugated surfaces to that on a smooth, flat surface of the same material, we demonstrate that the Casimir force deviates from the value expected from the pairwise additive approximation and the proximity force approximation. The observed deviation qualitatively agrees with calculations that take into account the interplay between finite conductivity and geometry effects. However, the agreement is not exact, possibly due to uncertainties in the optical properties of the silicon substrate.
Rights: Electronic version of an article published as International Journal of Modern Physics A, v. 25, iss. 11, 2010, p. 2212-2222, [10.1142/s0217751x10049487] (c) copyright World Scientific Publishing Company
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