This interesting story was passed along (I forget who did so, so my apologies!) and I have to round out this week of otherwise serious blogs with something fun, and potentially very significant in its own right. Scientists in Spain at the Autonomous University of Barcelona have created a kind of "magnetic wormhole" by using metamaterials (watch the short four minute video for a fuller explanation than the article:
As this article and video make clear, this is a magnetic wormhole, not the gravitationally based Einstein-Rosen bridge, a kind of wormhole that would require gimongous amounts of energy to open and sustain, and which would be - as I've mentioned in various interviews before - a "billion times tinier than tiny," a phrase that, since physicists are enamored of quantization, captures the essence of the idea.
Now what's interesting to me here, and what fueled all sorts of entertaining high octane speculation on my part when I read the story and watched the video, was really that this "magnetic wormhole" was actually created by creating a kind of magnetic monopole, something that has been theorized about for a long time, but never successfully done, until, apparently, now. Normally, magnetic fields and magnetics are dipole phenomena, which is a fancy way of saying what we all know from elementary school, namely, magnets have two poles, a North and South, but not simply a North one all by itself, or a South one all by itself, which would be a "monopole." Electricity is likewise a dipole phenomena. Think, for example, of lightening, when electrical arcing occurs between regions of predominantly negative and positive charges building up, until the arc "restores the balance," so to speak. since such regions can develop at all, and because electricity is so closely related to magnetism, for such reasons people have theorized that magnetic monopoles, regions of predominantly one or another polarity, might develop without the other. But like electricity, an opposite corresponding region has to exist somewhere in order for that "balance" to be preserved.
In effect, what the scientists in Spain appear to have done - in so far as the video suggests - was to send one pole of the dipole "somewhere else", into a kind of hyper-dimensional region, where it was still invisibly coupled via that invisible "wormhole" to the pole that remained "here." As the article and video state, there's not currently any practical use for such a thing, the experiment being more of a "proof of concept" experiment, in this case, of the magnetic monopole and how they might exist.
And it was this point that of course made me think of all sorts of wild and crazy possibilities, for if one pole can exist "here" in this 4-dimensional space-time reality, and the other pole "there" in a kind of hyper-dimensional spatial reality, then at one stroke, it would appear that the physical reality of hyperdimensional spaces and their connection to this 4d reality, is if not proven then at least strongly indicated. And that in turn opens up all sorts of intriguing possibilities for those of you who, like me, like to contemplate the mysteries of quantum entanglement and non-locality, for it would appear to be occurring here in a magnetic context, at a "macroscopic scale". Here's one example from my fun private musings to contemplate: Place an object, say a molecule, ion, or atom, into the field of the monopole here, i.e., subject it to the stress of the monopole field, and what happens on the other side? Does its hyperdimensional signature appear "there"? All my instincts tells me it would.
On and on we could go, but with this little experiment, all sorts of new doors and puzzles appear to be opened.
And you can guess what they're already thinking: why not scale the experiment up to, oh, say the size of CERN's hadron collider and its enormous magnetic fields with meta-materials... what might happen then?
Have a nice day, and,
I'll see you on the hyper-dimensional flip side...