Commentary on Millis's 2004 NASA BPP Report
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004 @ 23:57:33 GMT
Topic: Science

Prepared for the 2004 Conference on Evolvable Hardware cosponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)
Seattle, Washington, June 24-26, 2004
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Glenn Research Center
Available electronically at:
Prospects for Breakthrough Propulsion from Physics
Marc G. Millis, National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Report available here:
and also in our "Downloads" section (New-Energy)

The following is an interesting extract from a message by Jack Sarfatti posted in the Sarfatti_Physics_Seminars yahoo group related to the part on "Explore Vacuum Energy" from Millis' report:

> Explore Vacuum Energy. Quantum vacuum energy, also called zero point
> energy (ZPE), is a relatively new and not fully understood phenomenon.
> In simple terms, the uncertainty principle from quantum mechanics
> indicates that it is not possible to achieve an absolute zero energy
> state. This includes the electromagnetic energy state of the space
> vacuum [28]. It has been shown analytically, and later experimentally,
> that this vacuum energy can squeeze parallel plates together [29].
> This "Casimir effect" is only appreciable at very small dimensions
> (microns). Nonetheless, it is evidence that space contains something
> that might be useful. The possibility of extracting this energy has
> also been studied. In principle, and without violating thermodynamic
> laws, it is possible to convert minor amounts of quantum vacuum energy
> [30, 31].

Note, that contrary to Hal Puthoff's recent denials, appeal to Casimir force effects for metric engineering are still being made by Mark Millis as late as May 2004. Everyone knows that Millis gets his marching orders on this topic from Puthoff. Notice for the historical record that there is no explicit mention of

1. PV ZPF from virtual electron-positron pairs

2. Vacuum Coherence Order Parameters

3. Dark energy discovered in cosmology with its anti-gravity.

4. Connection of "dark energy" to Bondi's and Terletskii's "negative matter propulsion," to Kip Thorne's "exotic matter," to Paul Hill's "acceleration field" and to George Trimble's "G-Engine" (ref. Nick Cook's "The Hunt for Zero Point.")

5. Use of Josephson effect to achieve the Podkletnov/Ning Li Effect

> The BPP Project sponsored experimental and theoretical work to further
> explore the tangibility of this phenomenon. New analytical and
> experimental tools were developed to explore this phenomenon using
> MicroElectroMechanical (MEM) rectangular Casimir cavities [6 to 12].
> It was even shown that, in principal, it is possible to create net
> propulsive forces by interacting with this energy, even thought the
> forces are impractically small at this stage [13]. Regardless of these
> immediate impracticalities, however, the quantum vacuum does offer an
> experimental venue through which to further study the very structure
> of space itself. Continued research on this phenomenon and through
> these techniques is expected.

Compare this to

On Apr 15, 2004, at 1:19 PM, Puthoff wrote:
> ... I'm not trying to scale up the Casimir force effect, never have,
> never even thought about it. Discussion of the Casimir effect in ZPE
> discussions are purely pedagogical, not application oriented, and this
> is clear to everyone else on your list who emails me privately. The
> devices that have not scaled up are Ken's charge cluster devices, not
> Casimir devices. My thoughts for ZPE extraction are based on totally
> different other approaches. I understand Petersen's work and the
> implications long before I ever even heard of Petersen. Where in my
> work have I ever talked about scaling up Casimir effect for
> engineering energy extraction devices, where?!

On Apr 21, 2004, at 9:00 AM, Puthoff wrote:

> As for the techniques for extracting ZPE, these are client-funded
> proprietary approaches, patents being applied for, and therefore not
> available for academic discussion at this point. You may not like it,
> but that's how client-supported corporate research is done.
> Renegade physicist though you may be, you are essentially an academic,
> free to debate, publish, etc. I am a corporate physicist paid to
> research theoretical approaches, and from them develop technologies
> for my sponsors. There's a difference.
> This particular friction between us is built in to the system.
> Collegially,
> Hal

I hope Hal succeeds experimentally even though his theory is wrong. He may get lucky in the lab.

On Apr 15, 2004, at 2:06 PM, Puthoff wrote:

> In a message dated 4/15/04 3:52:35 PM, Sarfatti writes:
> If Ken Shoulder's charge clusters are not glued together by the zero
> point Casimir force then how are they glued together and how do you
> hope to use them to extract vacuum energy?
> (1) I don't know how they're glued together, nor (2) whether they can
> be used to extract vacuum energy, and (3) I'm not working on charge
> clusters.

Ken Shoulders and I have since collaborated on an explanation of the charge clusters as EVOs (Exotic Vacuum Objects).

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