Accession Number:

ADA199899

Title:

Radiation Pressure from the Vacuum: Physical Interpretation of the Casimir Force

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FRANK J SEILER RESEARCH LAB UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

Report Date:

1988-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

We calculate the vacuum-field radiation pressure on two parallel, perfecting conducting plates. The modes outside the plates push the plates together, those confined between the plates push them apart, and the net effect is the well-known Casimir force. Implications of this result for the form of the Pointing vector in quantum electrodynamics are discussed. Keywords Vacuum field radiation pressure Poynting vector Casimir force Reprints.

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE