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Harvesting Zero Point Energy

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030662D
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Zero point energy (ZPE) and the Casimir force bring two plates, a meter on a side, once close together, closer. However the force on a cube or "pizza box" is outward. These known facts suggest two experiments. First, if the plates are small and close enough, perhaps they will pass through a crush depth. The idea is to manufacture an antenna, just above the crush depth, to harvest heat ("magic ZPE boiling stone"). This assumes ZPE is not uniform at that scale or the plates would be in equilibrium. The second experiment would to bend (construct) a tunnel into a three-dimensional Hilbert space-filling curve to test if ZPE ejects out the ends producing a propulsion system. The experiments would test the conjectures first by constructing small plates and then a short bent tunnel.

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Harvesting Zero Point Energy

Proposed Experiments

Zero point energy (ZPE) and the Casimir force bring two plates, a meter on a side, once close together, closer. However the force on a cube or “pizza box” is outward. These known facts suggest two experiments.

First, if the plates are small and close enough, perhaps they will pass through a crush depth. The idea is to manufacture an antenna, just above the crush depth, to harvest heat (“magic ZPE boiling stone”). This assumes ZPE is not uniform at that scale or the plates would be in equilibrium.

The second experiment would to bend (construct) a tunnel into a three-dimensional Hilbert space-filling curve to test if ZPE ejects out the ends producing a propulsion system.

The experiments would test the conjectures first by constructing small plates and then a short bent tunnel.

Calculations for 1-meter plates:

www.math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Quantum/casimir.html

The rationale for small plates is as follows. As a 1-centimeter cube is successively divided by an order of magnitude into smaller cubes, the area of the plates decreases by 10^-2, the number of cubes increases by 10^3, the total area increases by 10^1, the total Casimir force increases by 10^5 while on each plate it increases by 10^2. The force on each plate has to be large enough for a spring like distortion but less than that to fracture the plate. If the edge of each plate is between 10^-7 and 10^-8 m the total Casimir force is between 10 and 1000000 newto...