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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3167–3169

Optical detection of the Casimir force between macroscopic objects

Victor Petrov, Mikhail Petrov, Valeriy Bryksin, Juergen Petter, and Theo Tschudi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 21, pp. 3167-3169 (2006)

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We report the optical detection of mechanical deformation of a macroscopic object induced by the Casimir force. An adaptive holographic interferometer based on a photorefractive BaTiO 3 : Co crystal was used to measure periodical nonlinear deformations of a thin pellicle caused by an oscillating Casimir force. A reasonable agreement between the experimental and calculated values of the first and second harmonics of the Casimir force oscillations has been obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: June 23, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2006
Published: October 11, 2006

Victor Petrov, Mikhail Petrov, Valeriy Bryksin, Juergen Petter, and Theo Tschudi, "Optical detection of the Casimir force between macroscopic objects," Opt. Lett. 31, 3167-3169 (2006)

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