Tuesday, October 30, 2012

1210.7532 (V. V. Nesvizhevsky et al.)

Quantum levitation of nanoparticles seen with ultracold neutrons    [PDF]

V. V. Nesvizhevsky, A. Yu. Voronin, A. Lambrecht, S. Reynaud, E. V. Lychagin, A. Yu. Muzychka, A. V. Strelkov
Analyzing new experiments with ultracold neutrons (UCNs) we show that physical adsorption of nanoparticles/nano-droplets, levitating in high-excited states in a deep and broad potential well formed by van der Waals/Casimir-Polder (vdW/CP) forces results in new effects on a cross-road of fundamental interactions, neutron, surface and nanoparticle physics. Accounting for the interaction of UCNs with nanoparticles explains a recently discovered intriguing small heating of UCNs in traps. It might be relevant to the striking conflict of the neutron lifetime experiments with smallest reported uncertainties by adding false effects there.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.7532

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