Halving the Casimir force with conductive oxides: experimental details.

S.P.J. de Man, K. Heeck, D. Iannuzzi

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Abstract

This work is an extended version of a paper published previously, where we presented measurements of the Casimir force between a gold-coated sphere and a plate coated with either gold or an indium tin oxide (I TO) layer. The experiment, which was performed in air, showed that I TO conducts sufficiently to prevent charge accumulation but is still transparent enough to halve the Casimir attraction when compared to gold. Here we report all the experimental details that, owing to the limited space available, were omitted in the previous article. We discuss the performance of our setup in terms of stability of the calibration procedure and reproducibility of the Casimir force measurement. We also introduce and demonstrate a technique to obtain the spring constant of our force sensor. Furthermore, we present a thorough description of the experimental method, a comprehensive explanation of data elaboration and error analysis, and a complete characterization of the dielectric function and of the surface roughness of the samples used in the actual experiment. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number062512
JournalPhysical Review A. Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume82
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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