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Is ZP Energy mainstream or crockery?

  1. Nov 22, 2004 #1
    Is the Casimir Effect generally accepted as some valid force that is as-yet not fully defined or is it still somewhat disputable?

    I know that Calphysics has gotten a research grant on ZP energy but is it a generally accepted part of science or still very theoretical and unproven?

    It seems that in some places it is talked about very seriously but in other places it seems scoffed at...

    If is is somewhat proven what are some of the known properties of ZP energy?

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  3. Nov 22, 2004 #2


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    Casimir effect has been verified experimentally. Zero point energy is a serious subject, based on the uncertainty principle. What can be done with it is unknown.
  4. Nov 22, 2004 #3


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    ZPE exists - its the harnessing of ZPE that is crackpottery.
  5. Nov 22, 2004 #4

    Yeah I did notice that every nut-job on the planet is claiming they have ZP "Free" energy devices. It seems to be a favored delusion. Hence my questioning the validity of the science in general. ;)

    Has there ever been any test to see if ZP has any effect on light?
  6. Nov 23, 2004 #5
    What is zero point energy?
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