Figure 1
APS/Alan Stonebraker

Figure 1: A resonator for the dynamical Casimir effect. The initial length of the resonator is shown in the upper illustration. The sine wave represents one of the modes of the resonator, initially populated by vacuum fluctuations. The length of the resonator is suddenly changed (lower illustration). The wavelength and frequency of the sinusoidal mode changes rapidly. The change is nonadiabatic, so the vacuum fluctuations are amplified, creating real photons.