August 27, 2014
One of the more common metaphors of our experience in physical reality is that we are trapped in a bubble or hologram and once aware we seek a means of escape. The notion that reality is a hologram dream, illusion, or the like, has been around since the beginning of time. Today physicists seek to prove it. As a hologram, it is a multi-faceted mathematical construct that had a beginning, has an end, and is all an algorithm set in in linear time to experience emotions.
A physics experiment might soon tell us if we're living in a 2D hologram The Verge - August 27, 2014
Now, thanks to an experiment recently launched at Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois, we might finally be able to determine how the universe stores the information we interact with everyday - and whether weĠre living in a hologram.
Do We Live in a 2-D Hologram? Physicists Aim to Find Out NBC - August 27, 2014
Physicists at Fermilab in Illinois have turned on a laser-based experiment that could reveal whether the three-dimensional world we perceive is merely a "Matrix"-style illusion generated by a cosmic two-dimensional hologram. The Holometer experiment is the result of years of work by particle astrophysicist Craig Hogan and his colleagues at the federally funded Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and it could provide the first clear evidence for the existence of the holographic universe. The concept has been debated for decades, but it's devilishly difficult to show whether it can ever be anything more than a concept. Hogan aims to find out whether the universe is a hologram by looking for telltale quantum jitters in the fabric of space-time itself. "If we see something, it will completely change ideas about space we've used for thousands of years.
To explore the unfamiliar domain of the miniscule Planck scale -- where normally unnoticeable quantum effects might become dominant -- a newly developed instrument called the Fermilab Holometer has begun operating at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) near Chicago, Illinois, USA. The instrument seeks to determine if slight but simultaneous jiggles of a mirror in two directions expose a fundamental type of holographic noise that always exceeds a minimum amount. Pictured above is one of the end mirrors of a Holometer prototype. Although the discovery of holographic noise would surely be groundbreaking, the dependence of such noise on a specific laboratory length scale would surprise some spacetime enthusiasts. One reason for this is the Lorentz Invariance postulate of Einstein's special relativity, which states that all length scales should appear contracted to a relatively moving observer -- even the diminutive Planck length. Still, the experiment is unique and many are curious what the results will show.
The Holographic Universe
There's something about "Schrodinger's Cat" that I seem to recall as if a distant memory from another another lifetime, something in the grids I am connected to, or something else. I most often associate it with the Nazi Time Travel Experiments I was involved with as a male physicist during WWII. In those experiments, subjects were sent to different locations in time, hopefully to return, though none ever did. This begs the question ... were they alive or dead? Remember that reality is a consciousness hologram and is nothing but a "thought".
Schrodinger's Cat Comes into View with Strange Physics Live Science - August 27, 2014
The cats represent the famous Schrodinger cat paradox, in which a quantum cat closed in a box can be dead and alive at the same time. The dark and light cat body outlines are images of an etched piece of silicon. They arise due to destructive and constructive quantum interference, respectively. In this experiment the photons that interact with the silicon are not detected, while the images are obtained by detecting only photons that never interact with the object. By sending green, red and yellow laser beams down a path to detector, researchers have shed light on the famous physics idea known as the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment. For physicists, Schrodinger's cat involves picturing a cat, in a box, with a vial of poison that can kill the cat if it opens. Over any given period there's a 50-50 chance the poison vial will open, and a person who opens the box after a given time and looks at the cat will then observe that it is either dead or alive. Most people would say that even before you open the box, before you can see the cat, it's still in either one state or the other, either dead or alive.
Schrodinger's cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a cat that may be both alive and dead, this state being tied to an earlier random event. Although the original "experiment" was imaginary, similar principles have been researched and used in practical applications. The thought experiment is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretations of quantum mechanics. In the course of developing this experiment, Schrdinger coined the term Verschrankung (quantum entanglement).
New quantum camera capable of snapping photos of 'ghosts' MNN - August 28, 2014
By utilizing a process that Einstein famously called "spooky," scientists have successfully caught "ghosts" on film for the first time using quantum cameras. The "ghosts" captured on camera weren't the kind you might first think; scientists didn't discover the wandering lost souls of our ancestors. Rather, they were able to capture images of objects from photons that never actually encountered the objects pictured.
The technology has been dubbed "ghost imaging". -- "Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects National Geographic - August 27, 2014
Normal cameras work by capturing light that bounces back from an object. That's how optics are supposed to work. So how can it be possible to capture an image of an object from light if the light never bounced off the object? The answer in short: quantum entanglement.
Entanglement is the weird instantaneous link that has been shown to exist between certain particles even if they are separated by vast distances. How exactly the phenomenon works remains a mystery, but the fact that it works has been proven.
Quantum cameras capture ghost images by making use of two separate laser beams that have their photons entangled. Only one beam encounters the object pictured, but the image can nevertheless be generated when either beam strikes the camera.
For the experiment, researchers passed a beam of light through etched stencils and into cutouts of tiny cats and a trident that were about 0.12 inches tall. A second beam of light, at a different wavelength from the first beam but nevertheless entangled with it, traveled on a separate line and never hit the objects. Amazingly, the second beam of light revealed pictures of the objects when a camera was focused on it, even though this beam never encountered the objects.
Because the two beams were at different wavelengths, it could eventually lead to improved medical imaging or silicon chip lithography in hard-to-see situations. For instance, doctors might use this method for generating images in visible light even though the images were actually captured using a different kind of light, such as infrared.
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