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The existence of mirror particles may explain the anomalous loss of neutrons witnessed during recent experiments, according to a new study just published in the European Physical Journal (EPJ) C.
Experimental data obtained by the research group of Anatoly Serebrov at the Institut Laue-Langevin, France was reanalyzed by theoretical physicists Zurab Berezhiani and Fabrizio Nesti from the University of l’Aquila, Italy. They found that the loss rate of very slow free neutrons appeared to depend on the direction and strength of the magnetic field applied. This anomaly is unexplainable by known physics.
The seemingly impossible really happens: (Back to the double slit later.)
Nature defies common sense, and this really happens: an electron or other particle can disappear in one location and simultaneously reappear at another location if the wave associated with the particle extends to the other location. After you buy that, we can make sense out of the rest of it. Here are some examples of the disappearing-reappearing magic:
- Tunneling. An electron does not have enough energy to penetrate through a barrier, but if the wave of the electron exists on the other side, there is a probability that it will disappear on one side and reappear on the other side. Measurements show that the distance divided by time is greater than the speed of light, so it is not a case of traveling through- it really disappears and reappears simultaneously. The tunnel diode and the scanning tunneling microscope make use of this effect.
-Optical tunneling. For example light that enters the prism as shown is totally reflected at the diagonal. But if the other glass (the rectangle) is placed close enough, much closer than in the picture, some light enters it. The laws of electricity and magnetism do not permit the existence of light in the gap, since 45o is greater than the critical angle of glass, but photons can disappear in the prism and reappear in the rectangular solid.
-Radioactive decay. An alpha particle does not have enough energy to escape the nucleus, but under the right conditions it can tunnel out, much like in the above cases.
-Electron transitions in atoms. If an electron absorbs a photon it gets kicked up to a higher energy level, or it can give off a photon and drop to a lower level if one is available. These transitions are instantaneous- another disappear- reappear case.
This property of nature is so pervasive that even in totally empty space, particles pop in and out of existence. This is known as the vacuum polarization, so called because they appear as equal and opposite charges, a dipole.
Originally posted by WilburMercer
If neutron disappear into other worlds then so can people.
Originally posted by imherejusttoread
It won't be assumed unless there's more evidence to confirm it. If that evidence does appear, we will just make up another theoretical limitation to renormalize our equations of the neutron for the sake of retaining our conservation laws.
But if this were proven, it would have devastating consequences on both string theory and gravitons.edit on 16-6-2012 by imherejusttoread because: syntax.
Originally posted by WilburMercer
If neutrons from our world can disappear into another world, then neutrons from other world(s) can disappear into our world.
If neutron disappear into other worlds then so can people.edit on 16-6-2012 by WilburMercer because: a letter disappeared into another dimension, oops!
Originally posted by PurpleChiten
reply to post by LiveEquation
It certainly does beg the question of where they go when they make their "quantum jump" ... I've not given it any serious "think time" in a few years, it may be time to revisit the concept for enjoyment!
Originally posted by Aim64C
I admit I'm not familiar with this research or phenomena.
It is interesting in the sense that it seems to be challenging the tenant of the First Law of Thermodynamics... well - from the perspective of "our universe" at least.
If you make a neutron go away - you are making energy go away. If I'm understanding this correctly... they have discovered a phenomena where neutrons just "poof" - fall out of existence. ... Which is a physics no-no.
Of course - the article doesn't exactly explain much... and I was also outside for 12 hours in 222 degree heat... so I could be misunderstanding something, here (and even hallucinating this entire thread, for all I know - wouldn't that be entertaining?)
While the parallel universe idea is interesting.... it's a little difficult to prove that your particles are going to a parallel world and not just hanging out in some kind of "pocket dimension" or some other oddity produced by the limitations of language.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
People need to get a grip here. We are talking about a realm that is suggested by various behaviors of some of the more unusual particles that physics tends to fixate on, NOT the afterlife, or the realm inhabited by the creators of our species. This is a possibility posed by the mathematics that has been done which tries to explain particle behavior, the beginning of the universe as we know it, and all of existence as it can be known at this time. This is serious science, not bloody voodoo!