Dark Energy in the Kitchen Sink

HOW COULD IT BE TO BE FACE TO FACE WITH THE UNKNOWN?

in front of CMS detector LHC CERN
In front of the CMS detector- Large Hadron Collider- CERN- Geneva

HOME-SCALE EXPERIMENT
HOW COULD IT BE TO BE FACE TO FACE WITH THE UNKNOWN?

“Whatever the location-be it in your kitchen or in intergalactic space…” there is dark energy-American Scientist

We only know 5% of the universe; our daily life is finally made of unknown.

I try to reach the impossible: remaking Hendrik Casimir’s experiment in my kitchen. Fifty years ago this Dutch physicist predicted the existence of dark energy. He placed two Chromium plates in a highly stable environment; a near-perfect vacuum and a temperature of almost -273.15 °C. The attraction between the Chromium plates, detectable with a fluctuation of electromagnetic waves, is proof of an unknown energy.
I will use a vacuum pump and a Gadolinium stone with its magnetic refrigeration property to replicate these conditions in my kitchen.

you can see a video of the project in the What If exhibition at the Science Gallery here

The Large Hadron Collider between Switzerland and France is the biggest physic-scientific experiment in the world. It tries to reproduce the first seconds after the big bang by firing protons again each other at the speed of light, in order to know more about matter and antimatter. It will be switch on by november 2009.

The question of the scale of this home experiment compared to the one of the L.H.C is also part of the challenge of this project. What if I succeed in making that experiment happen? How can I make a Small science equivalent?