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Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes
Quanta Magazine ^ | May 27, 2014 | Natalie Wolchover

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.

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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.

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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 circle’s circumference and diameter.

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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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KEYWORDS: efimov; ruleofthree
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Tip of the hat to anybody who understands this stuff!
1 posted on 05/30/2014 12:01:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
“What you see is three groups, in three different countries, reporting these multiple Efimov states

Hah!

2 posted on 05/30/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: BenLurkin
Lots of good information in the Bible...

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.

3 posted on 05/30/2014 12:05:47 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: BenLurkin

So science is catching up with the Vedas... again.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 12:05:49 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BenLurkin

So this means who is going to die next?


5 posted on 05/30/2014 12:07:39 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: BenLurkin

This must mean that another one of 0bamas’ staff dirtbags will resign any minute now, LMAO!


6 posted on 05/30/2014 12:11:27 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: BenLurkin

7 posted on 05/30/2014 12:11:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: BenLurkin

Wild, barely know squat babbling to follow: I wonder if this in anyway deals with quarks and the “thirdness” and all


8 posted on 05/30/2014 12:13:13 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Talisker

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b5/BorromeanRings-Trinity.svg/330px-BorromeanRings-Trinity.svg.png

The Borromean rings as a symbol of the Christian Trinity, from a 13th-century manuscript.

http://www.liv.ac.uk/~spmr02/rings/trinity.html


9 posted on 05/30/2014 12:13:16 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Jeff Chandler

have to admit...that is the first thing I thought of...always entertaining Jeff :)


10 posted on 05/30/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Or maybe resign next?


11 posted on 05/30/2014 12:13:45 PM PDT by Guardian Sebastian (Mother of God, pray for us and our country.)
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To: BenLurkin

Bookmark.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 12:16:39 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: BenLurkin

Is this at all related to the Trinity?


13 posted on 05/30/2014 12:18:04 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: BenLurkin

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.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 12:19:14 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: BenLurkin

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! ?


15 posted on 05/30/2014 12:20:48 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: smokingfrog

A picture says a thousand words. Thank you.

(In art and design, the power of three is long established.)


16 posted on 05/30/2014 12:22:07 PM PDT by fullchroma (iCitizen)
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To: BenLurkin

http://static.tvfanatic.com/images/gallery/the-big-bang-theory-cast-at-comic-con.jpg

They do...


17 posted on 05/30/2014 12:24:02 PM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: aquila48

Fingerprint of the Creator.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 12:24:22 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: aquila48
Is this at all related to the Trinity?

Yes! And the family unit: Mother, father and the children.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 12:24:49 PM PDT by fullchroma (iCitizen)
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To: ShadowAce

Schoolhouse Rock. Three is a magic number.


20 posted on 05/30/2014 12:27:30 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin
They could've coined the term throuple for this, but it was already taken…

(pronounced: "throw-upple")

21 posted on 05/30/2014 12:31:00 PM PDT by mikrofon (*Traditional* Memorial Day BUMP)
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To: BenLurkin

The trinity is fundamental physics?


22 posted on 05/30/2014 12:32:50 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Mount Athos

Thank you for posting these links.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 12:33:58 PM PDT by miele man
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Yes.

I was also thinking Father, Son, Holy Spirit.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 12:34:17 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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.

Very nice.

25 posted on 05/30/2014 12:40:18 PM PDT by fullchroma (iCitizen)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Drisel Drasel Drasel Drone Time for Holder to Go Home!


26 posted on 05/30/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: F15Eagle

Hmmmm, G-d, Torah, and the Jewish people. I see it too!


27 posted on 05/30/2014 12:51:44 PM PDT by Phinneous
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28 posted on 05/30/2014 12:52:00 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BenLurkin

Borromean rings...

My wedding ring is made that way, one white gold, one rose gold and a yellar.


29 posted on 05/30/2014 12:52:44 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: 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

Janitor: (Answering question) The answer is minus eight pi alpha.
Sheldon: Hang on a second, that's not our answer. What are you doing?
Janitor: Answering question, winning Physics Bowl.
Sheldon: How do you know anything about physics?
Janitor: Here, I am janitor. In former Soviet Union, I am physicist. Leningrad Politechnika. Go Polar Bears!


30 posted on 05/30/2014 12:54:48 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Talisker

Much of what gets mistakenly called ‘science’ is well related to such pagan ignorance.


31 posted on 05/30/2014 1:05:32 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: BenLurkin

Back in my paramedic days cardiac arrest calls seemed to go in threes and old timers back home always said deaths in the community would be in threes. Both seemed to be generally true.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: aquila48

Trinity is a strictly human construct.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 1:10:13 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: BenLurkin

Zathras already prove value of Three ... and The One.


34 posted on 05/30/2014 1:12:24 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: BenLurkin

Borromean Rings.................

35 posted on 05/30/2014 1:36:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: mikrofon
Waiting for these aliens to ask me to threplicate.

36 posted on 05/30/2014 2:01:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Talisker

Yep!


37 posted on 05/30/2014 2:03:32 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Raycpa

The Trinity could very possibly be embedded in physics; read the first chapter of Romans — it very clearly states that God shows Himself in and through creation.


38 posted on 05/30/2014 2:09:38 PM PDT by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh it’s very simple. It just proves that there is indeed, no explanation for liberalism.


39 posted on 05/30/2014 2:16:18 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: editor-surveyor

So if a multi-thousand year old culture isn’t your version of Christian, then the entire history their study of science and the natural world is bogus.

M’kay. Thanks for the clarity.


40 posted on 05/30/2014 2:18:06 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Mount Athos

The Vedas described the natural world as being an interaction of three fundamental forces, as well as force itself manifesting as interacting triplets, thousands of years before Western discussions of the Trinity.


41 posted on 05/30/2014 2:21:08 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

hey, give the dude a break. The best way to be right all the time is to deny reality and invent your own...


42 posted on 05/30/2014 2:54:57 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: BenLurkin

My wife and I have our own theory about threes....as in bad things happen in threes. Many times that’s turned out to be true. But the bad things have to happen within a week for the theory to hold.


43 posted on 05/30/2014 3:02:46 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: BenLurkin
It always comes in threes...


44 posted on 05/30/2014 3:11:16 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Talisker

The only science they have is the medicine they learned from the Levitical Priests.

There is no science in pagan pantheism.

Their culture is younger than the Chaldean/Hebrew culture.


45 posted on 05/30/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: BenLurkin

Its like “tiling,” except in 3D at the atomic level.

For things to ‘fit’ together, there must be some kind of edge to edge relationship, but at the particle level the ‘edges’ are kind of fuzzy.


46 posted on 05/30/2014 4:00:28 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Yep, that’s your way for sure!


47 posted on 05/30/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Talisker

Why don’t you go ahead and tell him what the “fudamental” forces are made of and look really spiffy!
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48 posted on 05/30/2014 4:04:28 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
The only science they have is the medicine they learned from the Levitical Priests. There is no science in pagan pantheism. Their culture is younger than the Chaldean/Hebrew culture.

Thanks for sharing.

LOL

49 posted on 05/30/2014 4:39:26 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

Not going to share those “Fundamental” forces with us?


50 posted on 05/30/2014 6:46:52 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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