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According to an article published by Nature Magazine (and told through Ars Technica), an experiment run by Marc Cheneau was able to prove the velocity ceiling for quantum particles by trapping a quantum gas with atoms in an optical lattice between intersecting lasers:
By rapidly increasing the depth of the optical lattice, the researchers create what is known as a quenched system. You can think of this as analogous to plunging a hot forged piece of metal into water to cool it quickly. Before the change, the atoms are in equilibrium; after the change, they are highly excited.
As in many other strongly interacting systems, these excitations take the form of quasiparticles that can travel through the lattice. Neighboring quasiparticles begin with their quantum states entangled, but propagate rapidly in opposite directions down the lattice. As in all entangled systems, the states of the quasiparticles remain correlated even as the separation between them grows. By measuring the distance between the excitations as a function of time, the real velocity of the quasiparticles' propagation can be measured. As measured, it is more than twice the speed of sound in the system.
What does that mean in the scheme of things? Well it serves as an important confirmation for those working in quantum field theory, who are attempting to prove that elements of special relativity do, in fact, operate within the realm of quantum physics.
Originally posted by metalshredmetal
i thought the speed limit was light speed? i thought all matter particles were spinning at light speed?
the light speed barrier is the barrier of energy in our space/time..i thought. which would mean that all barriers (solid) matter is spinning at light speed..
some things are just unknowable, i'm comfortable with that.
Originally posted by 46ACE
Originally posted by metalshredmetal
Nothing with any mass moves at "light speed" Photons don't have mass so they zip along at the cosmic speed limit;
"C": It's not just a "good idea": Its the law!edit on 26-1-2012 by 46ACE because: (no reason given)
You may not be prepared to abandon immediately the century-old relativistic equations. But once you are ready to do so, you will discover many amazing things: Only when a particle is at rest, it may be considered as pure matter. As soon as the particle begins to move, its gravitational mass and electrical charge will start to decrease....so a part of that matter will be converted into a field. [the "wave" field, the Source Field] When the particle velocity V becomes equal to the ultimate spiral field velocity C, its gravitational mass and electric charge become equal to 0. At this point, matter will be completely converted into a "pure" field.
Repeating this numerous times, and analyzing the parallel trajectories of the ball bearings as documented photographically... the rotating ball...wet to a higher point in its trajectory, fell faster, and hit the bottom of it's trajectory before the non-rotating ball bearing.
"According to DePalma, Purcell, after contemplating the experiment for several minutes, remarked 'This will change everything'
The experimental evidence is that there is something spinning of an ethereal nature [ The Source Field ] coextensive with the machine rotor...it can spin independently and take several minutes to decay, whereas the motor comes to rest in a few seconds. Two machines of different size and composition reveal the phenomenon - and tests indicate variations with time of day, and compass orientation ... this discovery was unexpected as it has crept in loud and clear in a project aimed at testing a motor principle totally unrelated to "vacuum spin."
Originally posted by cruddas
This sounds interesting and is certainly a different view of einstiens theories, it would make sense if a particle converted its own mass into energy the faster it goes, and once it reaches the speed of light, that's it, it cannot go any faster since it no longer has any mass to convert into energy, This is what i'm getting from the theory you have presented.
Originally posted by SomethingAboveUs
reply to post by PhoenixOD
Very interesting, You have inspired me to investigate.
By the way, the way I used to visualize matter gaining mass as it approaches light speed, was that the energy put into the mass for acceleration gets converted into mass and velocity. The slower its moving, the more the energy input gets converted to kinetic energy, and the closer it was to the speed of light, the more the energy would be converted to mass, and less as kinetic. But that's how I pictured it in early high school. Its time to do some digging.