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Casimir Effect and Inertia

  1. Nov 15, 2004 #1
    A theoretical question on a known effect:

    Suppose one were to make a Casimir-engine for the production of negative energy. If one placed said engine in a spinning centrifuge on the International Space Station, would the negative energy repel the centrifugal effect, and rise to the weightless center? (or as close to the center as it can get?)

    Information will be most appreciated.
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2004 #2
    What is a casimir engine?
     
  4. Nov 19, 2004 #3
  5. Nov 19, 2004 #4
    Generally, a Casimir-engine is a device for the production of exotic matter/negative energy, which can lower the inertial mass of an object, through the utilization of the Casimir Effect.

    Now, should the negative energy seek the inertially weak center of a centrifuge, or should it cause some changes in the rotation speed? In a similar environment, say, an accelerating spacecraft, should the negative energy do the same?
     
  6. Nov 27, 2004 #5
    Keep in mind, I am doing this for a science-fiction story, and would like to heighten my scientific accuracy.
     
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