Rodrigo Castillo-Garza
Rodrigo Castillo-Garza
photo by A. Kaus

Rodrigo Castillo-Garza received a 2006 UC MEXUS dissertation research grant for his theoretical and experimental research of the Casimir force, the attractive force between two electrically neutral and parallel surfaces. Also a 2002 UC MEXUS-CONACYT doctoral fellow, Castillo-Garza has been pursuing his graduate studies in the physics department at UC Riverside under the guidance of Professor Umar Mohideen. The aim of his dissertation research is to resolve long standing disputes on the role of temperature (black body photons) in the Casimir effect and provide insight into the accuracy of the theoretical description of the Casimir effect for real metals boundaries. In addition, the use of low temperatures in these experiments will improve the sensitivity of the Casimir force measurements. This research will help set limits on the presence of extra dimensions and hypothetical forces outside the Standard model predicted by some modern unification theories. For additional information, Castillo-Garza can be contacted at jcast003@student.ucr.edu.