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To: Physicist
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this experiment, standing on it's own, proves nothing. It shows only that the neutrons posessed a minimum amount of energy that caused them to rise more than 14 micrometers above the mirror. Let's say 10 neutrons reached the detector. To prove a quantum effect, there should be no increase in the number of neutrons detected until the mop is set at a greater, discreet height. So, there will be no increase in neutrons detected until the mop is set to 30 micrometers, for example. At that point, the number of neutrons detected suddenly rises. For example, it becomes 15. Then, the mop is elevated again. No more neutrons are detected until the mop reaches another discreet height. Maybe that is 35 micrometers. Then, 18 neutrons are detected. That would show a quantum effect.

This study also depends on the gravitational field of the Earth for it's results, and should be replicated in greater and lesser gravitational fields for confirmation. Is that right?

44 posted on 01/17/2002 11:19:09 PM PST by sig226
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To: sig226
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this experiment, standing on it's own, proves nothing.

As I said, the primary value of this is the technique and not the result. They do claim in the article to have evidence for higher energy levels; presumably that will be the subject of their next publication.

This study also depends on the gravitational field of the Earth for it's results, and should be replicated in greater and lesser gravitational fields for confirmation. Is that right?

I don't know whether their apparatus is sensitive enough to distinguish variations in the gravitational field at different places on the Earth. It would be expensive to do it anywhere else right now. Personally, I think it's enough to show that the energies are discrete, and to show that the energy levels agree or disagree with what theory predicts.

48 posted on 01/18/2002 4:19:15 AM PST by Physicist
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