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Study of Vacuum Energy Physics for Breakthrough PropulsionThis report summarizes the accomplishments during a three year research project to investigate the use of surfaces, particularly in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), to exploit quantum vacuum forces. During this project, we developed AFM instrumentation to repeatably measure Casimir forces in the nanoNewton range at 10 6 torr, designed an experiment to measure attractive and repulsive quantum vacuum forces, developed a QED based theory of Casimir forces that includes non-ideal material properties for rectangular cavities and for multilayer slabs, developed theoretical models for a variety of microdevices utilizing vacuum forces, applied vacuum physics to a gedanken spacecraft, and investigated a new material with a negative index of refraction.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Millis, Marc G. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Maclay, G. Jordan (Quantum Fields, LLC Richland Center, WI, United States)
Hammer, Jay (MEMS Optical, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Clark, Rod (MEMS Optical, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
George, Michael (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Kim, Yeong (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Kir, Asit (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2004
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 22-62-949-10-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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