Casimir effect or getting energy from nothing

(ORDO NEWS) — Creating a device capable of generating energy from “nothing” is a problem that has worried great scientists and inventors for centuries. But now German physicist Torsten Emig is getting closer to building a “free energy” machine that actually works.

The idea of ​​Dr. Thorsten Emig is based on the Casimir effect – an effect that consists in the mutual attraction of conducting uncharged bodies under the action of quantum fluctuations in empty space (vacuum).

Void is not empty

The first prototype of Emig’s device had two parallel metal plates set a tiny distance apart. These plates regularly experience a force that “pulls” them together, and this effect is due to the fact that empty space is not really empty! Even the vacuum of space is a seething mass of subatomic particles that continually come and go.

Elementary particles, as proved by the example of electrons and photons, are both particles and waves at the same time.

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Therefore, the Casimir effect is an oscillatory (wave-like) movement – the particles-waves that are outside press on the plates, which are resisted by the particles-waves between the plates. There seems to be an endless “tug of war”.

Casimir effect

Emig then developed the “Casimir Ratchet” which is capable of extracting useful movement from this effect. The scientist replaced the smooth plates with corrugated ones, which led to the appearance of a transverse force that causes the plates to slide relative to each other.

Next, Emig made the corrugations asymmetrical, which allowed the sliding motion to be maintained in one direction, creating a rotational force that could be exploited.

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“Lateral amplification of the Casimir effect between a corrugated plate and a sphere has already been tested by a team from the University of California at Riverside,” Emig said of the successful trials of his offspring.

Emig and his supporters believe that the “Casimir ratchet” can be used to power tiny nanorobots that can be used, for example, in medicine. Unfortunately, a similar technology cannot yet be scaled up in such a way as to obtain energy to power cars, factories and entire cities. But … everything has its time.

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