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upper limits on their mass due to the very existence of the universe - which would have collapsed by now if they were too heavy - are about 10^17 GeV/c^2
originally posted by: swanne
(eta: added underline to be more exact about my question)
...The result of E*t must always be equal or below the value of h.
originally posted by: theGleep
I read this image to read "stuff on the left must be greater-than-or-equal-to stuff on the right":
the Heisenberg uncertainty relation, ΔE · Δt ≥ ħ. In effect, the energy needed to create these virtual particles, ΔE, can be "borrowed" from the vacuum for a period of time, Δt, so that their product is no more than the reduced Planck constant
Am I worse at math than I thought I was?
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
What you are essentially asking is, "What is the frame rate of the universe". How long does it take for the next frame to advance?
originally posted by: Bhadhidar
If there was a "minimum interval of Time", which, if I'm understanding the terminology correctly, would mean a minimum length of time which would be identifiable as being discreet from the "next" interval of Time,
What exists between the two discreet intervals?
Would not that "gap" be an area of "no-time", that is to say a period-state in which Time did not exist?
By definition, could not exist.
And if a period were to exist in which Time did not exist, how could Time "span" that gap to advance from one discreet interval of time-existence to the next discreet interval of Time-existence?
originally posted by: LeviWardrobe
We've seen on the quantum scale that things can happen literally instantly. Doesn't that demonstrate that 0 is the smallest time interval?
Is the Wiki quote from the article on electrons?
The symbol is right, but the interpretation is not. It indicates "greater than or equal to," meaning the product of the terms on the left can be no less than the reduced Planck constant.
Thus, for a virtual electron, t (its lifetime) is at most 1.3×10^?21 s.
Thus, for a virtual electron, t (its lifetime) is at least 1.3×10^?21 s.
Also, the reduced Planck constant is given the wrong value. The value given is for the standard Planck constant - the reduced Planck constant is that divided by 2*pi.
Have you researched the concept of Planck time?
But if im not mistaken, we are able to create fundamental particles on our own out of energy and other materials?
For example the family of electron, muon and tao. (...) Is this just really expressing the fact that the ultimate building blocks of reality are uber small, and when anything gets bigger as a fundamental building blocks, the protocol is for it to be quickly relinquished of its size, and is this due to thermodynamics of energy taking path of least resistance
or there is not enough force and bondage for a more massive tao to hold itself together?
Is it already figured that with such a question of minimum time interval you would be looking towards the photon as your candidate for achieving that minimality?
Are you really asking how fast a quanta of energy can travel? And that is how you would judge the least amount of time that can pass? Or 'how fast energy can decay/transform', which is really another way of saying, how quickly energy can be moved from point A to B?
Could you not maybe solve this problem by thinking of a kind of shutter or frame rate, if you had a camera or video camera, that could capture footage of the smallest areas of the universe, the most micro stuff, and the camera would start with 1 frame per second, then 2 frames per second, then 3 frames per second, and so on until eventually the frame rate would match the fastest frame rate of reality? At which point if you were to hypothetically make the frame rate go faster it would be taking multiple frame shots, say 2 (or more likely 1 and fraction) before reality can respond?
Or are you suggesting there may be a more absolute and ultimate minimum time allotment that is deeper then what is even explorable and testable?