Europhys. Lett.
Volume 74, Number 6, June 2006
Page(s) 951 - 957
Section General
Published online 17 May 2006
Europhys. Lett., 74 (6), pp. 951-957 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10595-x

Friction of the QED vacuum on spinning matter

Y. Pomeau

Laboratoire de Physique statistique de l'Ecole normale supérieure 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

received 7 December 2005; accepted in final form 25 April 2006
published online 17 May 2006

Rotation, contrary to translational motion, is defined absolutely. As a consequence of this general principle, a resistive torque is felt by a rotating piece of dielectric by the scattering of the fluctuations of the QED (quantum electrodynamics) vacuum. A rotating dielectric radiates torque, and part of this torque could be absorbed by a nonrotating dielectric nearby. This torque on a nonrotating object could be more easily measured than a contribution to the damping of the rotation of a spinning piece of matter.

03.65.Ta - Foundations of quantum mechanics; measurement theory.
05.30.-d - Quantum statistical mechanics.
06.30.Gv - Velocity, acceleration, and rotation.

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