A Quantum-Vacuum Thruster

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Scientific Paper
Title A Quantum-Vacuum Thruster
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Author(s) Scott Smith
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Published 2010
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 7
No. of pages 7
Pages 561-567

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The London Forces/Van der Waals Interpretation of the Casimir Effect holds that electrically-neutral surfaces in a Casimir experiment are attracted or repelled from one another due to localized charge fluctuations that induce charges in the opposite surface. If the Casimir Cavity surfaces are merely exerting electrical forces on each other, then no Casimir System could ever lift- itself or produce useful work since no self-contained system could ever exert a net force on itself. If this interpretation is physically true, then every Casimir System, like magnets, would require an opposite surface from which the first surface can be attracted or repelled. Furthermore, the effect cannot usually be maintained because the one-moving surface approaches or recedes-from the stationary surface, thus destroying the effect as it destroys the cavity. Since the cavity ceases to exist, no continuous work could be extracted. Furthermore, no self contained system can continuously export energy without depleting itself. In contrast, the Quantum-Vacuum Radiation-Pressure Interpretation of the Casimir Effect holds that we already use the momentum, and energy of the radiation-pressure of the independently-generated Photons of the Quantum-Vacuum to transfer momentum and energy from the photons of the Quantum-Vacuum System, to a second, separate, Casimir system. This second Interpretation views the Quantum-Vacuum as a much more powerful source of photons than the Sun. It allows for the possibility of continuously obtaining energy from the Photons of the Quantum-Vacuum just as we obtain it from the free-energy of the photons of the Sun.

In this paper, the boundary of this second system will be defined as all of the surfaces of the one moving-object in a Casimir arrangement since it is moved in every direction by collisions with the photons of the Quantum-Flux as they strike every side; however, since the energy-density of the Quantum Flux is altered inside the cavity, one side of the moving object experiences more radiation-pressure than the other side. In other words, this moving object is be moved by the momentum of the photons of the Quantum-Vacuum, but only until the cavity disappears. A new Casimir arrangement is hereby proposed wherein the cavity is preserved so it will continuously do work.