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Engineering the Quantum Vacuum

Friday March 1, 2019
3:30 pm

 Presenter:  Dr. Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Abstract:  The vacuum of space may seem empty and boring; however, this void is actually teeming with activity. According to the laws of quantum mechanics, fluctuations of electromagnetic fields are omnipresent even in empty space. These fluctuations can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including the generation of nanoscale forces between objects -- a phenomenon known as the Casimir effect. In this talk, I will discuss our development of novel measurement techniques to probe these interactions and how we can engineer and control such quantum effects. I will demonstrate our ability to tailor the sign and magnitude of the force, as well as how we can induce rotations (i.e. a Casimir torque) between optically birefringent materials. Beyond interesting science, our ability to control these interactions will give us new opportunities for nanoscale devices and to modify chemistry and electronics in ways not previously possible.
 Host:  Alejandro Manjavacas
 File:  https://youtu.be/OGKoBpsR4GU
 Location:  Room 125, Dane Smith Hall

Refreshments will be available before the colloquium, at 03:15 pm, in in the lobby of Dane Smith Hall.

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