Skip to comments.Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes
Posted on 05/30/2014 12:01:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin
...40 years after a Soviet nuclear physicist proposed an outlandish theory that trios of particles can arrange themselves in an infinite nesting-doll configuration, experimentalists have reported strong evidence that this bizarre state of matter is real.
While most forces act between pairs, such as the north and south poles of a magnet or a planet and its sun, Efimov identified an effect that requires three components to spring into action. Together, the components form a state of matter similar to Borromean rings, an ancient symbol of three interconnected circles in which no two are directly linked. The so-called Efimov trimer could consist of a trio of protons, a triatomic molecule or any other set of three particles, as long as their properties were tuned to the right values. And in a surprising flourish, this hypothetical state of matter exhibited an unheard-of feature: the ability to range in size from practically infinitesimal to infinite.
Efimov had shown that when three particles come together, a special confluence of their forces creates the Borromean rings effect: Though one is not enough, the effects of two particles can conspire to bind a third. The nesting-doll feature called discrete scale invariance arose from a symmetry in the equation describing the forces between three particles. If the particles satisfied the equation when spaced a certain distance apart, then the same particles spaced 22.7 times farther apart were also a solution. This number, called a scaling factor, emerged from the mathematics as inexplicably as pi, the ratio between a circles circumference and diameter.
Eight years later, the competition to observe a series of Efimov states has ended in a photo finish. What you see is three groups, in three different countries, reporting these multiple Efimov states all within about one month,
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Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
So science is catching up with the Vedas... again.
So this means who is going to die next?
This must mean that another one of 0bamas’ staff dirtbags will resign any minute now, LMAO!
Wild, barely know squat babbling to follow: I wonder if this in anyway deals with quarks and the “thirdness” and all
The Borromean rings as a symbol of the Christian Trinity, from a 13th-century manuscript.
have to admit...that is the first thing I thought of...always entertaining Jeff :)
Or maybe resign next?
Is this at all related to the Trinity?
We used to discuss this stuff in physics classes in college. We listed all the things in the universe we knew of that were composed of threes like atoms, etc.
Patterns just kept emerging.
next our WashDC administration will tell us that sex between just two people (or animals, or both) is no longer natural... three-somes are the new rule! ?
A picture says a thousand words. Thank you.
(In art and design, the power of three is long established.)
Fingerprint of the Creator.
Yes! And the family unit: Mother, father and the children.
Schoolhouse Rock. Three is a magic number.