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White Paper: Indirect Extraction of Energy from the Quantum Vacuum

September 15, 2012, 4:19 pm
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As a game-changing innovative and unique technology with major implications for space missions as well as terrestrial applications, we propose to demonstrate that it is possible to indirectly tap a new source of energy, potentially greater than nuclear, well known in quantum physics but considered by physicists not to be useful since it cannot be directly accessed. We will investigate the feasibility of accessing this zero-point energy source indirectly by capturing electromagnetic energy emitted by transient changes in energy levels of electron orbitals, due to interactions of atoms (preferably monatomic noble gases) with the quantum vacuum field while cycling through Casimir cavities. We would induce shifts comparable in principle to, but larger than, the well-known Lamb shift, by suppressing quantum vacuum field modes within the Casimir cavities. The electromagnetic energy (photons) released by these shifts would be diverted to useful purposes and be replenished by the universal ambient quantum vacuum field outside the Casimir cavities, thereby not violating the second law of thermodynamics.

It has been shown that the ground-state of the hydrogen atom can be interpreted semi-classically as a state of equilibrium between Larmor emission by the electron and absorption of radiation from the quantum vacuum. This suggests that modification of the quantum vacuum – as occurs in Casimir cavities – can modify electron orbitals resulting in energy release. The effect is similar to the well-known Lamb shift whereby interactions between the electron and the vacuum cause orbital energy shifts. We therefore refer to this effect as a Casimir-Lamb shift

Zero-point energy is a well established concept originally proposed by Planck and Einstein in 1913. Later it was shown to arise in quantum physics from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. It has a number of well-known effects. For example, zero-point energy prevents helium from solidifying under normal pressure even at absolute zero temperature. It can also be detected as quantum noise in circuits. Although very real on the quantum level, it is not directly evident in the large-scale world. What we are proposing is to use a quantum process to indirectly tap zero-point energy by using Casimir cavities to temporarily modify electron orbitals in atoms as they pass through the cavities. Continuous gas flow through properly sized Casimir cavities should result in energy extraction. In effect this process would siphon energy from the Universe at large. The inert gas serves solely as a catalyst and is not depleted. It is technologically straightforward to manufacture structures the size of a car battery that would contain millions of Casimir cavities. The process requires the continuous cyclic flow of inert, harmless gases such as neon, argon, krypton or xenon in a closed system. Energy capture and conversion devices are also required, whose exact characteristics depend upon precisely how the zero-point energy is released. Reasonable estimates of the strength and efficiency of this process suggest that a structure of car-battery size could generate on the order of one kilowatt. There would be no harmful, hazardous or polluting byproducts.


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