We numerically demonstrate a stable mechanical suspension of a silica cylinder within a metallic cylinder separated by ethanol, via a repulsive Casimir force between the silica and the metal. We investigate cylinders with both circular and square cross sections, and show that the latter exhibit a stable orientation as well as a stable position, via a method to compute Casimir torques for finite objects. Furthermore, the stable orientation of the square cylinder undergoes a 45° transition as the separation length scale is varied, which is explained as a consequence of material dispersion.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|State||Published - Nov 7 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)