Radiation Pressure from the Vacuum: Physical Interpretation of the Casimir Force
FRANK J SEILER RESEARCH LAB UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO
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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.
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