It is often said that you can't get something for nothing, but a handful of scientists from the University of Michigan would beg to differ. Theoretically speaking, they say, you can conjure particles from a vacuum under the right conditions. All you need is an ultra-high-intensity laser, a particle accelerator, and an open mind about what exactly "nothing" is (hint: it's something).
The first step in understanding their line of thinking is to change the way you look at a vacuum; rather than being an empty void, they say, a vacuum is a balanced combination of matter and antimatter, or particles and antiparticles. These particles have tremendous density but we cannot observe them, for their observable characteristics cancel each other out.
The researchers have devised a set of equations that suggest a high-energy laser pulse can rip apart the nothingness of a vacuum, turning it into its constituent particles and antiparticles and setting off a chain reaction that actually generates additional matter-antimatter pairs.
How? When matter and antimatter annihilate each other, gamma photons are produced, and these high-energy particles of light can produce additional electrons and positrons (positrons being the antimatter foil to electrons). But that's not the whole trick. In a strong laser field, these electrons produced from matter-antimatter annihilation can become a combination of three other particles plus a number of photons.
This is where you can get bogged down in the physics, but essentially their math says that from a void one can produce electrons and those electrons can be coaxed into becoming a number of other particles, and when it's all said you have more particles than you started with (because you started with a vacuum). The researchers think this happens in nature near pulsars and neutron stars. Something for nothing. Your Dad was wrong: there is a (theoretical) free lunch after all.
Vacuum; When all is sucked out of a container, what happens then? and when you move through space, why is there no resistance? Concentrations of gas, how would that work? Going from highly concentrated to low to vaccum.. Maybe the math works out but I'm not convinced.
Maybe this is beyond you... J/K.
I think you didn't get this line "These particles have tremendous density but we cannot observe them, for their observable characteristics cancel each other out."
So by technicality, there is a little something in the vacuum of space. That's not a new one to me.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun here but didn't the article say that the laser sets off "a chain reaction that actually generates additional matter-antimatter pairs"?
If we could tap into that "chain reaction" wouldn't we be able to finally procure good amounts of antimatter?
Isnt this the Hawking effect and has been documented or some time?
Normally associated with the event horizon of a black hole.
So, this article is saying that the void is made up of an equal ratio of matter to anti-matter and they are just using lasers to bias the void to tip the scales to matter? Thus the reaction involved creates an emission of energy?
This theory of energy could create an infinite source of energy for what ever is in space. Spacestations give way to space colonies. Space probes give way to Starships. etc
The energy required to create a practical infastructure in space is becoming more real every day!
if ([ultra-high-intensity laser] == [nothing])
Pigs.CanFly = true;
THE ETHER EXISTS!!!!
Experts please correct me...
@PuffNStuff: your scenario seems to me exceedingly far fetched, similarly to how the title of the article is sensationalist. That is, the UM scientists are not saying that this is the most efficient manner of producing usable material or energy. Much less so are they saying that the law of conservation of energy is controverted by their findings, as the title suggests.
What they are saying is effectively that the energy-potential of the vacuum can be converted into matter, given certain conditions; and that those conditions can be theoretically fabricated. The practicality of the fabrication, let alone the efficiency of the system is not the point (involving powerful lasers and particle accelerators to arrive at a mere few "new" particles), but rather the theory of the nature of the vacuum itself, and the *possibility* of the system.
@bobbyfrother: this is not Hawking radiation, which is specifically a black whole phenomenon, related to its entropy. The quantum effect of potential particles constantly coming into existence and then annihilating each other was understood prior to Hawking. This theoretical finding introduces a new concept of how to create and then capture new particles out the vacuum by design. That is how I see it.
Actually, the vacuum is really a high frequency electromagnetic field. It has a spring constant equal to the linear mass of the universe times the speed of light squared divided by the Planck scale. Because our dimension has such a large value for the speed of light, the spring constant is enormous, which makes for a very stiff spring. However, bringing in low-density, low-speed-of-light hyperspace energy of 1 meter/second converts space-time into a wavy water-like space-time with a weak spring constant. Because electromagnetic fields are relativistic, as shown by Feynman, it is possible to move the field around near this 1 m/s velocity to make an enormous space-time curvature that can be used for lift on the hull of the spacecraft. Notice that humans are energy beings that are connected to the physical brain synapses by light cords. Energy per area flowing through the light cord is actually a spring constant as seen by E=Fx, E/x=F, E/xx=F/x. By meditating, the guru calms the mind so that no energy flows through the light cords. No energy, no spring constant. Thus the guru can step out of his body. When one does this for the first time, it is such an emotional experience that the energy flow stiffens the spring constant and you go flying back to your body. There is an interesting youtube video showing a high-frequency sonic wave creating a spherical bubble that forms on top of the Pepsi in the can. He was demonstrating that particles can be produced in the vacuum with the very fine high frequency electromagnetic field.
I realized this when I was 7. If nothing is nothing but nothing exists, making it something, that means nothing is something.
You again! I am impressed at your talent and enthusiasm for this. Shows surprising determination. Shine on.
if your using lasers (light [matter]) to make something out of nothing, then you're NOT, in fact, making something out of nothing, you're making something out of something.
Actually I am enthusiastic about hyperspace physics, as you noted. Thanks for your comment. I recently completed a torsion field generator that produces a large circular gravitational field. I measured it out to at least 30 feet. The surprising thing is that if you shine a red laser light down through the middle of it, the gravitational field becomes radial. Then to show that space-time has a geometry, an origami paper tetrahedron also changes the circular field to radial. The hyperspace energy flowing through the generator, similar to electrical current, creates the circular gravitational field, similar to the circular magnetic B field. So now the correspondence between electromagnetism and gravitational physics is established. The linear electric field now corresponds to the linear gravitational field produced by a large mass such as the earth. Mass corresponds to electric charge and Maxwell's equation can be converted into a gravitational equation with these substitutions. This results in being able to calculate the radius of swing of a pendulum in the circular gravitational field created by the incoming hyperspace energy where the speed of light is 1 meter/second. Thus hyperspace exists. All the new inventions will cascade from this knowledge such as teleportation, advanced propulsion systems, energy amplifiers to boost our energy field for energy healing, walking through walls, projecting ourselves to distant planets, magnetic vortex wormhole generators and remote viewing amplifiers for our third eye.
alias007: I'm with you on this one.
If all the theory discussed happens to be correct, we still aren't getting "something from nothing". The high energy laser pulse is something, and in this case, I think, would deliver more energy than the equivalent energy of the particles produced.
Far from "something from nothing", the U of M Scientists may have come accross an extremely inefficient way to convert light energy (high energy laser pulse) to particles.
Even though the idea is grossly over sensationalized in this report, it is still interesting...
Nothing or something is a perception of a human mind. DEAD CAT ALIVE CAT. Nothing is nothing only to US. You can have your dead grandma infront you, but you will not see her since your perception of what is real is limited to what you can understand, or hope to understand.
The whole universe is real and not real at the same time. You reading this ...........yet you haven't.
So cant we create numerous Higgs Bassons from this matter-antimatter stuff that is infinitely hanging around space.
look for matter antimatter propulsion michael thomas
What I'm drawing from this article is that the vacuum of space is really full of equal number matter and antimatter, and that we don't "see" any of it because the effects of one are balanced by the other.
The thing I'm trying to figure out is that if they can actually do this, it might go against previously held theories. If we do not observe things in the vacuum because they balance, then everything about antimatter is the opposite of matter, including gravity. If that is the case, antimatter would have negative mass, correct? Negative mass is supposed to be a violation of physical laws.
Also, if it has negative mass, is it possible we would finally be able to construct an Alcubierre Drive? So much for "30 days to Mars". Star Trek here we come.
There is a way to create negative energy which in turn creates wormholes between space and hyperspace. Hyperspace has a low density energy which is more positive than negative energy. It is similar to having a little pressure on one end of a water hose and a vacuum on the other end. The hyperspace energy, which appears as a white mist, flows from hyperspace into our dimension. If you listen to Andrew Basiago on Red Ice Radio, he mentions going up in an elevator, then passing through a wavy space-time and then exiting through another elevator located on Mars. In this case, one wormhole is located along the elevator and the second wormhole is located on Mars. The wavy section is the throat of the wormhole which has this low density energy with a reduced spring constant. Because there is a base on Mars operated by Marsians, they would have transferred the second wormhole to the elevator on Mars, similar to what Dr. Kip Thorne talks about in his book. The second way is to use teleportation by creating a wormhole and then propagating a pulsed gravitational wave through it. Because the gravitational wave is inversely proportional to the fifth power of the speed of light, the gravitational wave in this dimension is very very small. On the other hand, energy with a 1 meter/second light speed is enormous and can enfold an object in space-time curvature and teleport it along during the length of the gravitational pulse. This would be your Alcubierre drive that you mention. Basiago talks about being teleported from New Jersey to New Mexico, so don't miss this interview.
SOME ONE REPEAT THE PROJECT to make sure that there actually is a void. :)
This sounds like the induced emission effect used to generate beams in chemical lasers. The electric field from the beam of photons passes over excited atoms (argon, CO2,or whatever), inducing them to emit more photons and thereby to strengthen the laser beam. If vacuum has a background electromagnetic field (which it does according to quantum theories), then a high-power laser could induce the emission of electron/positron pairs from the background.
My big question is conservation of energy: what exactly are you draining out of the vacuum if you capture these particles? Perhaps dark matter is being consumed in the process? Or maybe space-time curvature is lost? Surely there would be some macroscopic effect if one harvested particles on a large scale.
You know you sound insane, right? You try really hard to sound convincing, but you're really not helping out your hyperspace theory.
For the rest of you, "hyperspace" is where DMT takes you. Look into it, insanely interesting. Especially the clinical trials done in the 90s by Rick Strassman. People go to other realities, don't feel high, and completely believe the experience to be real. DMT is thought to be what makes you dream, so when you take it when you're awake, well, you can see how it'd be mindblowing.
This guy sounds crazy though.
All my observations about hyperspace are based on my inventions such as the magnetic vortex wormhole generator which was the first device to create a wormhole between space and hyperspace. Unexpectedly, it resulted in first contact with alien beings in the other dimension. Also, I am the first one to reverse engineer the wing fragments of the Roswell spacecraft that crashed in 1947. Also, I have been teleported 100 meters through hyperspace and I understand how that is accomplished. I am the first one to find the frequency between space and hyperspace that allows one to boost one's energy field. This in turn allows me to do energy healing at great distances, instantaneously healing people of viral, fungal and bacterial infections not to mention MS. Then my tetrahedron diagram shows that the hyperspace energy has a speed of light of 1 meter/second which was used to calculate the resonant frequency of our energy field. Other experiments have activated the third eye which allows one to see through people. The research leads to the understanding of how the limestone blocks of the pyramids were levitated into position, and how it is possible to levitate one's own body with this information. I have experienced wavy space-time due to bringing in low density hyperspace energy into the room. I have also experienced Einstein's length and time dilation relativity. I invented the remote viewing amplifier which allows me to communicate in real time with alien civilizations on the edge of the galaxy at 90,000 light year out. I am also the first one to communicate with the crop circle designers and explain to them what their crop circle means. So I have a lot of firsts in hyperspace physics. I am also the first to control a gravitational field with light and geometry using my torsion field generator.
So your drug comments are unfounded. Someone said that if you are one step ahead of others, then you are regarded as a genius. But if you are two steps ahead of them, they think you are crazy. So according to this, I must be two steps ahead of you, respectfully.
Chance Favors the Prepaired Mind...
That was an epic SmackDown. Good Game!
THATS IT!!!!!!!! illuminating the future and booom wormhole. Its all here past present future and your about to see ....The Wormhole cometh...never mind me
This is all energy and the movements of energy and what current movement is illuminated as present. We are moving thru moments of illumination...there is no matter its all energy. Bingo!
Matter would tie us to linear time so we could never leave it and be inprisioned to it, but matter is only energy and we are not tied to it. Our perceptions make us believe we are bound to a material world but its all just energy.
@JohnStClair I invented the remote viewing amplifier which allows me to communicate in real time with alien civilizations on the edge of the galaxy at 90,000 light year out....This suggests telepathic ability...you're a great read
try to think on theory that all feeling beeings are creating world around themselves to exist, so they could realize themselves. mind is energy, and i believe it does what those scientists expect from laser, just little better. it makes all what you believe beeing real in forms that your mind wants. and much more.