# CasimirSim - A Tool to Compute Casimir Polder Forces for Nontrivial 3D Geometries

## Abstract

The so-called Casimir effect is one of the most interesting macro-quantum effects. Being negligible on the macro-scale it becomes a governing factor below structure sizes of 1 {mu}m where it accounts for typically 100 kN m-2. The force does not depend on gravity, or electric charge but solely on the materials properties, and geometrical shape. This makes the effect a strong candidate for micro(nano)-mechanical devices M(N)EMS. Despite a long history of research the theory lacks a uniform description valid for arbitrary geometries which retards technical application. We present an advanced state-of-the-art numerical tool overcoming all the usual geometrical restrictions, capable of calculating arbitrary 3D geometries by utilizing the Casimir Polder approximation for the Casimir force.

- Authors:

- ARC Seibersdorf research Gmbh, Business field Space Propulsion, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria)

- Publication Date:

- OSTI Identifier:
- 21054531

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Resource Relation:
- Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 880; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: International forum-STAIF 2007: 11. conference on thermophysics applications in microgravity; 24. symposium on space nuclear power and propulsion; 5. conference on human/robotic technology and the vision for space exploration; 5. symposium on space colonization; 4. symposium on new frontiers and future concepts, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 11-15 Feb 2007; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2437561; (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; APPROXIMATIONS; CALCULATION METHODS; CASIMIR EFFECT; GEOMETRY; NUMERICAL ANALYSIS; QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS; SHAPE; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS

### Citation Formats

```
Sedmik, Rene, and Tajmar, Martin.
```*CasimirSim - A Tool to Compute Casimir Polder Forces for Nontrivial 3D Geometries*. United States: N. p., 2007.
Web. doi:10.1063/1.2437561.

```
Sedmik, Rene, & Tajmar, Martin.
```*CasimirSim - A Tool to Compute Casimir Polder Forces for Nontrivial 3D Geometries*. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2437561.

```
Sedmik, Rene, and Tajmar, Martin. Tue .
"CasimirSim - A Tool to Compute Casimir Polder Forces for Nontrivial 3D Geometries". United States.
doi:10.1063/1.2437561.
```

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@article{osti_21054531,
```

title = {CasimirSim - A Tool to Compute Casimir Polder Forces for Nontrivial 3D Geometries},

author = {Sedmik, Rene and Tajmar, Martin},

abstractNote = {The so-called Casimir effect is one of the most interesting macro-quantum effects. Being negligible on the macro-scale it becomes a governing factor below structure sizes of 1 {mu}m where it accounts for typically 100 kN m-2. The force does not depend on gravity, or electric charge but solely on the materials properties, and geometrical shape. This makes the effect a strong candidate for micro(nano)-mechanical devices M(N)EMS. Despite a long history of research the theory lacks a uniform description valid for arbitrary geometries which retards technical application. We present an advanced state-of-the-art numerical tool overcoming all the usual geometrical restrictions, capable of calculating arbitrary 3D geometries by utilizing the Casimir Polder approximation for the Casimir force.},

doi = {10.1063/1.2437561},

journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},

number = 1,

volume = 880,

place = {United States},

year = {Tue Jan 30 00:00:00 EST 2007},

month = {Tue Jan 30 00:00:00 EST 2007}

}