Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Worldline numerics applied to custom Casimir geometry generates unanticipated intersection with Alcubierre warp metric
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2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
4 NanoBio Systems Lab. (nanobio.tamu.edu), College Station, USA
5 AggieFab (aggiefab.tamu.edu), College Station, USA
6 Izentis LLC, P.O. Box 397002, 02139, Cambridge, MA, USA
Accepted: 25 July 2021
Published online: 31 July 2021
While conducting analysis related to a DARPA-funded project to evaluate possible structure of the energy density present in a Casimir cavity as predicted by the dynamic vacuum model, a micro/nano-scale structure has been discovered that predicts negative energy density distribution that closely matches requirements for the Alcubierre metric. The simplest notional geometry being analyzed as part of the DARPA-funded work consists of a standard parallel plate Casimir cavity equipped with pillars arrayed along the cavity mid-plane with the purpose of detecting a transient electric field arising from vacuum polarization conjectured to occur along the midplane of the cavity. An analytic technique called worldline numerics was adapted to numerically assess vacuum response to the custom Casimir cavity, and these numerical analysis results were observed to be qualitatively quite similar to a two-dimensional representation of energy density requirements for the Alcubierre warp metric. Subsequently, a toy model consisting of a 1 m diameter sphere centrally located in a 4 m diameter cylinder was analyzed to show a three-dimensional Casimir energy density that correlates well with the Alcubierre warp metric requirements. This qualitative correlation would suggest that chip-scale experiments might be explored to attempt to measure tiny signatures illustrative of the presence of the conjectured phenomenon: a real, albeit humble, warp bubble.
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