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Quantum wormholes could (actually) carry people to other stars and even galaxies!
New Scientist ^ | 18:10 23 May 02 | Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition

Posted on 09/23/2002 9:33:52 AM PDT by vannrox

Quantum wormholes could carry people

 
18:10 23 May 02
 
Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition
 

All around us are tiny doors that lead to the rest of the Universe. Predicted by Einstein's equations, these quantum wormholes offer a faster-than-light short cut to the rest of the cosmos - at least in principle. Now physicists believe they could open these doors wide enough to allow someone to travel through.

Quantum wormholes are thought to be much smaller than even protons and electrons, and until now no one has modelled what happens when something passes through one. So Sean Hayward at Ewha Womans University in Korea and Hisa-aki Shinkai at the Riken Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Japan decided to do the sums.

They have found that any matter travelling through adds positive energy to the wormhole. That unexpectedly collapses it into a black hole, a supermassive region with a gravitational pull so strong not even light can escape.

But there's a way to stop any would-be traveller being crushed into oblivion. And it lies with a strange energy field nicknamed "ghost radiation". Predicted by quantum theory, ghost radiation is a negative energy field that dampens normal positive energy. Similar effects have been shown experimentally to exist.


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Ghost radiation could therefore be used to offset the positive energy of the travelling matter, the researchers have found. Add just the right amount and it should be possible to prevent the wormhole collapsing - a lot more and the wormhole could be widened just enough for someone to pass through.

It would be a delicate operation, however. Add too much negative energy, the scientists discovered, and the wormhole will briefly explode into a new universe that expands at the speed of light, much as astrophysicists say ours did immediately after the big bang.

For now, such space travel remains in the realm of thought experiments. The CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is expected to generate one mini-black hole per second, a potential source of wormholes through which physicists could try to send quantum-sized particles.

But sending a person would be another thing. To keep the wormhole open wide enough would take a negative field equivalent to the energy that would be liberated by converting the mass of Jupiter.

 

Charles Choi


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WOW!
1 posted on 09/23/2002 9:33:53 AM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
This story reads like a "flying cars" article out of "Popular (Quantum) Mechanics." <|:)~
2 posted on 09/23/2002 9:36:07 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: vannrox
Just tell us, is there a hole big enough for Hillary and Rosie, plus Senator Byrd?
3 posted on 09/23/2002 9:39:37 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: vannrox
It would be a delicate operation, however. Add too much negative energy, the scientists discovered, and the wormhole will briefly explode into a new universe that expands at the speed of light, much as astrophysicists say ours did immediately after the big bang.

Why do I get the feeling that this might be a bad thing?

4 posted on 09/23/2002 9:40:10 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor
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To: vannrox
Quantum wormholes

I've read this article before and been looking for these quantum wormholes. I believe I have actually found them. I was at the park the other day and there was this little green building that looked like a spaceship, I got in and by golly there it was the Quantum wormhole. Needless to say, I jumped right in.
5 posted on 09/23/2002 9:44:31 AM PDT by Jzen
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To: SauronOfMordor
Very funny Scotty, now beam down my clothes.
6 posted on 09/23/2002 9:45:12 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Vic3O3
Ping!
7 posted on 09/23/2002 9:46:56 AM PDT by dd5339
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To: vannrox
This is bogus. I've got a wormhole in my closet and it just takes me to the Wendy's down the street.

Distant galaxies indeed!
8 posted on 09/23/2002 9:48:22 AM PDT by sharktrager
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To: Jzen
Once I made it through the wormhole I was scared. Because just then I looked up and saw someone plugging it up.
9 posted on 09/23/2002 9:48:51 AM PDT by Jzen
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OK, so it takes this S-Load of equipment to get the door open. Who is going to volunteer to get through...without the equipment to bring themselves back. I guess we could just tie a rope around them like they did in Poltergiest--and Yank really, really hard when they are ready to come back.

I keep thinking of the Simpsons where Homer fell into the black hole.
10 posted on 09/23/2002 9:52:51 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: vannrox

11 posted on 09/23/2002 9:57:46 AM PDT by mhking
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To: vannrox
I say go for it, right after the geniuses can assure me that this isn't how our own universe was created however many billions of years ago.

"Everything is looking good Zotarc, go ahead and add the ghost radiation......oh sheeeete....". boom

12 posted on 09/23/2002 10:01:45 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: vannrox
HOLY SPACE TRAVEL BATMAN!!

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

13 posted on 09/23/2002 10:07:22 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Bikers4Bush
"Everything is looking good Zotarc, go ahead and add the ghost radiation......oh sheeeete....". boom

LOL Shaboom shaboom eyadatadatada...

14 posted on 09/23/2002 10:14:11 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: RadioAstronomer; longshadow; PatrickHenry
Space-travel ping!
15 posted on 09/23/2002 10:15:40 AM PDT by Aracelis
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To: vannrox
They're looking for wormholes in all the wrong places. All wormholes are connected directly to home CLOTHES DRYERS. And they operate on SOCKS.

Michael

16 posted on 09/23/2002 10:17:47 AM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: SauronOfMordor
Why do I get the feeling that this might be a bad thing?

I'm sure we'll get it right on the fifth or sixth try...

17 posted on 09/23/2002 10:21:28 AM PDT by CubicleGuy
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To: Bikers4Bush
"Everything is looking good Zotarc, go ahead and add the ghost radiation......oh sheeeete....". boom

ROFL! I can see this happening...let's give Willy and Hill the honor of being the first to travel through the wormhole.

18 posted on 09/23/2002 10:22:31 AM PDT by Aracelis
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To: Vermont Lt
Who is going to volunteer to get through...without the equipment to bring themselves back.

You don't know any real space nuts, do you. There are thousands of people who would line up for the chance, even if they KNEW FOR SURE it was a one-way trip. If I were single I'd be one of them.

19 posted on 09/23/2002 10:24:05 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: vannrox
Awwww, shucks. 'tain't nuthin'. They wuz doin this in that 80's show, Quantum Leap. :o)
20 posted on 09/23/2002 10:24:43 AM PDT by Spacetrucker
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To: vannrox
Bookmarked.

If a radio wave is sent into one of these black holes, where does the signal go?

21 posted on 09/23/2002 10:30:22 AM PDT by Kerensky
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To: Bikers4Bush
"Everything is looking good Zotarc, go ahead and add the ghost radiation......oh sheeeete....". boom

Shouldn't that have been: "Everything is looking good Zotarc, hold muh glortch juice and I'll add the ghost radiation......oh sheeeete....". boom

22 posted on 09/23/2002 10:46:35 AM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: Wright is right!
Not only the socks. They're sucking molecules out of my underwear, causing them to become wispy and gauzy.
23 posted on 09/23/2002 10:49:35 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Piltdown_Woman
"Willy and Hill the honor"

Humpf!! With our luck the darn wormhole will lead right to the White House.

24 posted on 09/23/2002 11:03:13 AM PDT by el_texicano
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To: vannrox
Ugh! Oh!...Someones been watching too much Star-Trek or one of the offshoot programs......sounds like a mind on overload.
*WARNING- TOooo! much math/physics can make you iggnert(;-{

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense" - Tom Clancy

25 posted on 09/23/2002 11:09:54 AM PDT by hosepipe
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To: vannrox
Switzerland is expected to generate
one mini-black hole per second, a
 potential source of wormholes

The difference between a black hole
and a wormhole is significant.  The
black hole has collapsed matter in it
that a traveller would have to get through
before going anywhere.  How a black
hole can be a source of wormholes
is problematic.

26 posted on 09/23/2002 11:11:07 AM PDT by gcruse
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To: vannrox
Add too much negative energy, the scientists discovered, and the wormhole will briefly explode into a new universe that expands at the speed of light, much as astrophysicists say ours did immediately after the big bang.

Does this mean our universe is the result of a "hold muh beer" incident at a cosmic kegger? 'Twould be truly apropos!

27 posted on 09/23/2002 11:17:06 AM PDT by 6ppc
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To: Piltdown_Woman
The article is a re-hash of an idea that's been around for a number of years. And it's not that well written, like so much of science journalism. Not much new here. And if I'm not mistaken, there's still no verifiable evidence for the existence of wormholes.
28 posted on 09/23/2002 11:19:14 AM PDT by PatrickHenry
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To: Doug Loss
And the title should have had a "Hold my glortch juice alert".
29 posted on 09/23/2002 11:24:13 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: vannrox
You go first.
30 posted on 09/23/2002 11:27:06 AM PDT by js1138
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To: Kerensky
If a radio wave is sent into one of these black holes, where does the signal go?

Music lovers have been asking the programming Einsteins at Clear Channel Radio for years about a similar phenomenon.

CC uses radio waves to create black holes where audiences used to be.

Of course, they couldn't do it without the never ending supply of no talent from the RIAA either. And Mr. Powell of the FCC.

31 posted on 09/23/2002 11:58:20 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Piltdown_Woman
I'm sure that Willy insist that Willard go first.
32 posted on 09/23/2002 12:38:40 PM PDT by hang 'em
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To: Wright is right!
And they operate on SOCKS.

Actually socks are mearly the larval form of coathangers. [:<)

33 posted on 09/23/2002 1:13:23 PM PDT by itsahoot
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To: Wright is right!
They're looking for wormholes in all the wrong places.

Wormhole detector: Why not attach a tiny camera to a contact lens? Let it fall, and the lens will find any wormhole within one light year and fly through it.

34 posted on 09/23/2002 4:10:18 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: LurkedLongEnough
I could dig one for ya! I'll even fill it after the lime has been thrown in.
35 posted on 09/23/2002 5:00:37 PM PDT by bat-boy
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To: vannrox
Hey, that was the concept behind Event Horizon.
36 posted on 09/23/2002 5:04:17 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: PatrickHenry
there's still no verifiable evidence for the existence of wormholes.

No, still just something that falls out of the equations.

37 posted on 09/23/2002 5:09:12 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: itsahoot
"Actually socks are mearly the larval form of coathangers. [:<)"

No, coathangers come from paper clips.

Then they turn into bicycles...

--Boris

38 posted on 09/23/2002 6:22:27 PM PDT by boris
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