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Gravitation as a Casimir effect

Bo E. Sernelius

International Journal of Modern Physics A (IJMPA) 24, issue 8/9, 1804-1812

We show that, if the fundamental interaction between quarks is described by a harmonic oscillator interaction potential, fluctuations lead to an attractive force between the composite particles (nucleons) that varies as 1/r, i.e., just like the gravitational potential does. This is derived in analogy with the Casimir interaction between atoms. This demonstrates that gravitation can be a Casimir effect. (The work was presented at the seventh Alexander Friedmann international seminar on gravitation and cosmology held in Joo Pessoa , Brazil , 30 June-4 July 2008).

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