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Quantum Fluctuations and Inertia

  • Marc-Thierry Jaekel
  • Serge Reynaud
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 358)

Abstract

Fundamental problems are raised by the mechanical effects associated with radiation pressure fluctuations in vacuum. The instability of motions when radiation reaction is taken into account, and the existence of “runaway solutions” [1], can be avoided for mirrors by recalling that they are actually transparent to high frequencies of the field [2]. However, partially transmitting mirrors, and cavities, introduce scattering time delays which result in a temporary storage of part of the scattered vacuum fluctuations [3]. In particular, the energy related to Casimir forces [4] identifies with the energy of field fluctuations stored in the cavity [3]. This revives the questions of the contribution of vacuum fluctuations to inertia and gravitation [5], and of its consistency with the general principles of equivalence and of inertia of energy.

Keywords

Radiation Pressure Inertial Mass Casimir Force Mass Correction Field Fluctuation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc-Thierry Jaekel
    • 1
  • Serge Reynaud
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (CNRS)Paris Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (UPMC-ENS-CNRS)Paris Cedex 05France

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