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Monday, January 21, 2008

And they said it couldn't be done!

As my claim in my old About Me sidebar profile declares, I think that I have the fundamental nature of reality pretty well figured out, and I still stand by that claim. Most of my own practical and logically inspired insight and theorising concerning the nature of creation and physical phenomenon in general are empirically supported by the efforts of others, classical heroes among them, many of whom might no doubt still have a few lingering questions regarding their own interpretation of the results of their experimentation.

One of those theories concerns the nature and the behaviour of light, on which topic I have written about on occasion here and there.

In a nutshell, I maintain that photons as particles do not really exist, nor do such particles shoot across space at the speed of light; that the principle idea put forth by theoretical physicists that photons have no mass is merely a convenient accommodation to explain away their velocity, since relativity theory states that any object travelling at 100% of the speed of light has infinite mass. I describe the propagation of light as the result of atomic and molecular interaction based on like-polar reaction in the medium setting up resonant oscillations conforming to the properties of the surface atoms/molecules that make up the objects that we see, and that all the characteristics of those surface atoms/molecules are modulated on the electron orbitals of all of the atoms/molecules in the medium through which those waves are propagated. As Philip Bucksbaum of Michigan University has proved, the electron is capable of storing an infinite amount of information. This agrees with the explanation of how light waves propagate. The retinas of our eyes decode the information that falls between the extremes of the visible frequencies of those oscillations, but the origins of the original waves that produce those frequencies lie in particles much smaller than the smallest wavelength of visible light. Even conventional optical microscopes cannot resolve most viruses, which are comprised of a million or more atoms. So in effect, we are not even decoding the fundamental frequencies of those oscillations, but rather distant subharmonics of their fundamentals, which idea incidentally also supports Einstein's famous equation E=mc², which states that there is a tremendous amount of energy contained within the atom.

In a previous post I described the technology whereby the effective wavelength of visible light was reduced to about 8% of its normal wavelength while the frequency actually remained the same, in my discussion of a field of research called plasmonics.

Using an altogether different technology, scientists have now managed to illuminate very small objects like viruses by using a special lens to focus a 500 nanometer beam of visible light down by a factor of ten to a beam about 50 nanometers in diameter. The principle is called superlensing, and involves constructing a transparent plate on which opaque circles are arranged concentrically in a specific pattern. A beam of light passing through it dies very quickly, halving every 5.5 nanometers away from the plate for a 50 nanometer beam, but that is moot considering that the applications of the phenomenon fall in the nano scale realm, well within the capabilities of current nano-fabrication technologies.

All these new developments only serve to bolster the gradual paradagm shift. No longer do research physicists mean particles when they talk about photons. We now refer to "photon wavelengths" when talking about electromagnetic radiation.

The most lucrative potential application of superlensing technology is in the development of even larger storage capacities for DVD's and compact discs than now exist, which are currently limited by the size of the laser dot used to encode the individual bits.

I foresee a future of strange supercomputers incorporating all the cutting edge technologies of quantum computing, plasmonics, and superlensing whose computing speeds exceed even those of real-time quantum and biological behaviours. Only then will we be able to seriously consider investigating the art of the coincidental juxtapositioning of spatial co-ordinates within the fixed framework of space/time - ie. the teleportation of life-sized objects in this macrocosm.

Beam me up, Scotty!

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