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Tailoring the Quantum Vacuum

Wednesday September 19, 2018
11:00 am

 Presenter:  Diego Dalvit, Los Alamos National Laboratories
 Series:  OSE - CQuIC Seminars
 Abstract:  The attractive force between two uncharged surfaces in a vacuum, first predicted by the Dutch theoretical physicist Hendrik Casimir 70 years ago, arises from quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field. For many years this ¬≥force from nothing¬≤ was little more than a theoretical curiosity, but interest in the Casimir effect has blossomed in recent years thanks to experimental breakthroughs. In this talk I will review the theoretical and experimental state-of-the-art of Casimir physics. In particular, I will discuss Casimir interactions in nanostructured materials (including metamaterials and plasmonic nanostructures), and describe recent experiments aimed at tailoring the quantum vacuum.
 Host:  Alejandro Manjavacas
 Location:  Room 190, Physics & Astronomy

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