Volume 74, Number 6, June 2006
|Page(s)||951 - 957|
|Published online||17 May 2006|
Friction of the QED vacuum on spinning matter
Laboratoire de Physique statistique de l'Ecole normale supérieure 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
Accepted: 25 April 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.
PACS: 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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