Casimir Lamb Shift

  Our research indicates that certain electron orbitals in atoms are lower in energy inside a Casimir cavity than outside. This is due to the interaction between the electrons and the quantum vacuum field, which is significantly reduced at certain energies from that of the external field. In consequence of the reduced quantum vacuum field, we believe, that atoms entering a Casimir cavity shed energy which we can collect and apply to perform work. Ambient zero-point fluctuations re-energize the electron orbitals when the atoms exit the Casimir cavity, yielding usable energy courtesy of the universal quantum vacuum field. We propose to call the orbital energy difference between outside versus inside a Casimir cavity a “Casimir-Lamb shift” because it calls to mind the Lamb shift, for which Willis Lamb received a Nobel Prize in 1955: a small difference in energy between two electron orbitals in the hydrogen atom that results from perturbation of the Coulomb potential of the atomic nucleus by zero-point fluctuations of the vacuum field. We expect the Casimir-Lamb shift to be a much stronger effect.

See Analogy with Ordinary Absorption and Emission

A Revolutionary Source of Clean Energy

These principles point us to the ultimate clean, non-depleting energy source: We would collect electromagnetic energy by cycling atoms–in the form of non-toxic, non-reactive noble gases—through a closed system of tiny Casimir cavities, consuming only a small fraction of the energy released in this process. The harvested energy can be used as heat or converted photovoltaically into electricity. The devices could be scaled for larger power applications and mass-manufactured cheaply using stamping techniques. The patent specifying our technique describes in detail the physical interpretation of a fundamental quantum axiom, by which zero-point fluctuations of the quantum vacuum field support electron orbital energy levels.