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Old 12-10-2010, 05:51 PM
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Using an ultra-high-intensity laser beam and a two-mile-long particle accelerator—it could be possible to create something out of nothing, according to University of Michigan researchers who developed new equations that show how a high-energy electron beam combined with an intense laser pulse could rip apart a vacuum into its fundamental matter and antimatter components, and set off a cascade of events that generates additional pairs of particles and antiparticles.

“We can now calculate how, from a single electron, several hundred particles can be produced. We believe this happens in nature near pulsars (image) and neutron stars,” said Igor Sokolov, with the Space Physics Research Laboratory in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences who conducted this research along with associate research scientist John Nees, emeritus electrical engineering professor Gerard Mourou and their colleagues in France.
“It is better to say, following theoretical physicist Paul Dirac, that a vacuum, or nothing, is the combination of matter and antimatter—particles and antiparticles.Their density is tremendous, but we cannot perceive any of them because their observable effects entirely cancel each other out,” Sokolov added. Matter and antimatter destroy each other when they come into contact under normal conditions.

“But in a strong electromagnetic field, this annihilation, which is typically a sink mechanism, can be the source of new particles,” Nees said, “In the course of the annihilation, gamma photons appear, which can produce additional electrons and positrons.”

The researchers describe this work as a theoretical breakthrough, and a “qualitative jump in theory.”

An experiment in the late ’90s managed to generate from a vacuum gamma photons and an occasional electron-positron pair. These new University of Michigan equations take this work a step farther to model how a strong laser field could promote the creation of more particles than were initially injected into an experiment through a particle accelerator.

“If an electron has a capability to become three particles within a very short time, this means it’s not an electron any longer,” Sokolov said. “The theory of the electron is based on the fact that it will be an electron forever. But in our calculations, each of the charged particles becomes a combination of three particles plus some number of photons.”

The researchers have developed a tool to put their equations into practice in the future on a very small scale using the HERCULES laser at U-M. To test their theory’s full potential, a HERCULES-type laser would have to be built at a particle accelerator such as the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, which is not currently planned.

“The basic question of what is a vacuum, and what is nothing, goes beyond science,” he said. “It’s embedded deeply in the base not only of theoretical physics, but of our philosophical perception of everything—of reality, of life, even the religious question of could the world have come from nothing.”
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:45 AM
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It would be good to commercialise the science. Imagine how it could revolutionize industry, we could build everything from nothing.
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Hmmm, I wonder if vacuums are simply the three dimensional manifestations of higher dimensional hyperspace? And if this laser is forcing energy to be transferred from hyperspace down into the third dimension? Kinda like the bubbleverse theory on an individual particular scale.
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Makes quite a bit of sense and is very interesting to think about.

The mathematical laws of physics often work both ways for postive and negative; however, the universe was not created with complete symmetry, rather, it was created asymmetrically. Matter and antimatter were created, in the beginning, in almost equal amounts. For every billion * billion antimatter particles, there were perhaps a billion * billion + one matter particles right after the universe came into existence. What we see as matter -- planets, stars, and everything else is what is left over from that first moment of matter and antimatter anihilation. If matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts then there would not be anything but space. What we see merely a fraction of a fraction of those original particles.

If this theory is true, then it means that we still "see" all of those original anihilated particles as nothingness. I would be interested to know whether the sum of all matter, antimatter, energy, and "nothingness" have remained constant within the universe.

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What if some other civilization did the same thing and our universe was the result?

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What if some other civilization did the same thing and our universe was the result?

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It's a possibility...some believe that our civilization is destined to destroy the universe and continue a "cycle" of universes. Either way, it's likely our universe is not the first of it's kind, through years far into scientific notation, it's likely that there have been universes that have lived and died in the space we occupy now. Also, for those of you who know string theory/M-theory, it's a possibility that there are many parallel universes coexisting something like 1 cm apart.
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well.. there are so many guesses and theories around.. you could also say i of my own have created the universe.. who knows... wenever really will know.. so i just say.. leave a bit of mystery in the world, its much more tension creating that way
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But I assume some of us here understand how something could arise out of nothing? Anyone heard of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle? It basically creates the idea of the virtual particle and the electron cloud. We can only know so much within a margin of error. This allows for "something" to come out of "nothing". If there is a large enough quantum fluctuation, this allows for the entire universe to come to existence as a singularity. It's that singularity we don't understand/physics doesn't allow. Although I hope we'll never get to experimenting on that moment, because then we'd be destroying our entire universe
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