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Joining Forces for a New Research Era

Casimir forces have the same physical origin as van der Waals forces as they all arise from quantum fluctuations. Traditionally, the two forces have been studied in two active but separate communities. Despite the close scientific connections, researchers in these two areas rarely have opportunities to work together. The four-day focused program on Casimir and van der Waals Physics led by Prof Ho Bun Chan of Physics was the first to bridge the two communities and initiate a new dialogue.

Over 60 theorists and experimentalists in physics, chemistry and engineering across five continents shared their research findings through talks, tutorials and poster presentation. The resulting discussion on theoretical studies and experimental techniques have thus planted the seed for a new generation of research and experiments.