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New Propulsion Method Using Dynamic Casimir Effect Invented By Egyptian Student

Question asked by Ankita Katdare in #Coffee Room on May 27, 2012
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · May 27, 2012
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What this Egyptian student has achieved is a new way of propulsion for spacecrafts, making use of the Quantum Physics that could be the next game-changer. Amidst the hundreds of ideas for innovative propulsion systems, Alisha Mustafa is a 19-year old physics student from Sohag University, who has tapped in the potential of what is called the 'Dynamic Casimir Effect'. Interestingly, her invention makes it possible for us to get rid of the currently used radioactive-based jets.
For demonstrating the Casimir effect (which by the way was just a theoretical concept in near past), two reflective flat plates are held at a distance and a "moving mirror" cavity is created by moving these plates slightly. Due to this, photons get accumulated inside the cavity that drive the force needed for propulsion.

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Using a blend of the techniques in Quantum physics, Space technology, Chemical reactions and Electrical sciences, Mustafa's invention makes use of the electrical energy formed by the the Casimir polder force that occurs between separate surfaces and objects in a vacuum, while also using zero-point energy which is considered to be the lowest state of energy. The girl used plates of the shape similar to the solar power cells and thus drove the required results.

Her invention looks like being inspired from the retired professor Marc G. Millis's NASA breakthrough propulsion physics project, who used the hypothetical concept of a jet propulsion called “Differential Sail”. What lies ahead in the future of space jet propulsion remains to be seen, but we congratulate the research efforts of this girl.

See here a demo of the Casimir Effect -


Via: OnIslam Posted in: #Coffee Room

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