METALLIC HYDROGEN, AND REALLY HIGH OCTANE SPECULATIONS

METALLIC HYDROGEN, AND REALLY HIGH OCTANE SPECULATIONS

Ever heard of metallic hydrogen? Maybe not, but according to an article shared by K.M., it may be here. And it occasions today's  daily dose of (really) high octane speculation. But first, let's gather our chairs for a moment, and figure out why scientists would be toying with the idea that there is even such a thing as metallic hydrogen. After all, hydrogen is the first, and lightest, element, and as such, is a gas, and a really "empty" one at that, with a single proton in the nucleus, and a single electron, if we're following the "tiny-billiard ball" theory of particle physics. It'll have to do for now, otherwise, this blog will become needlessly (and perhaps humorously) complicated real fast. There are, of course, isotopes of hydrogen, such as deuterium(a rare isotope), with one proton plus one neutron in the nucleus, and tritium (even rarer) with one proton and two neutrons. With the extra neutron in deuterium, it's roughly two times the mass of ordinary hydrogen, and by parity of reasoning, tritium is roughly three times as heavy. And, if you've been following the nuclear weapons history, deuterium and tritium are the isotopes used in boosted fission weapons, and of course, in the much more powerful hydrogen fusion bombs.

But a metal? How does that work? Well as the article below points out, scientists have long suspected that hydrogen  (along with its isotopes) might exist in the cores of stars of simply due to the massive pressures it's under. It's literally being squeezed into a metallic form by that pressure, and that of course raises the possibility that in boosted fission and fusion bombs, for a brief moment, hydrogen is similarly compressed to a metallic form in the center of the implosion device that typically forms the detonator for an atomic bomb, and then ripped apart, with the lattice structure of the metallic form perhaps contributing  to the yield of the device. It's a form of mechanical compression reliant on extremes of radioactive pressure. And yes, that's the beginning of today's (really extremely) high octane speculation. And with that, here's the article:

Scientists Say They've Finally Made Metallic Hydrogen

What intrigues me in this article is the claim as to how the metallic hydrogen is claimed to have been made, and note, I say claimed to have been made because of course time will tell if indeed it has really successfully been done. However, for the sake of today's (really extremely) high octane speculation, we'll assume it has:

Now, Loubeyre is leading the French team making the claim of metallic hydrogen.

The group used what are known as diamond anvil cells (DACs), machines compromised to two diamonds to create tremendous pressure. The diamond tips of the DACs used by Loubeyre's team were toroidal, a new design developed in 2018 that allowed for greater high-pressure limits.

After placing a small amount of hydrogen into a toroidal DAC, the group further added pressure and began to analyze how the sample reacted to absorbed infrared radiation produced by what's known as the SOLEIL synchrotron, a particle accelerator that creates synchrotron radiation, a very powerful form of light.

Of interest here is not just the claim to have made metallic hydrogen, but the technology behind it: a kind of toroidal diamond "press", a "diamond anvil cell" (DAC). And equally, there's a question this poses: if diamonds are used to create enough pressure to create the compression of hydrogen to metallic form, why did it take so long to hit upon the idea? Indeed, an investigation of high pressure presses such as this indicate the idea has been around for some time. But here's my (really extremely) high, barmy, and off-the-end-of-the-twig speculation: what if such presses were secretly developed long ago, and what if a method had been found during that development not merely to compress a very small amount of hydrogen to metallic form, but to compress larger machinable amounts and then to preserve them, and perhaps alloy them with other metals, perhaps using the presses themselves to achieve the alloy? Imagine, for example, compressing heavy water and... oh, say... mercury into a solid metal form, or perhaps a "goo" with solid metallic hydrogen embedded in it. Such a technology would, in other words, open new horizons in metallurgy and alloying.  Imagine, too, the ability to grow massive artificial diamond slabs, with smooth surfaces accurate to a few nanometers, and making such slabs the surfaces of a massive diamond anvil press... you get the idea.

But since we're already off the end of the twig with arms and legs flailing wildly, let's extend our speculations further before we land on the canyon floor like Wile E. Coyote with a distinctive "plop"; what might such a development be used for? One thing, which the article mentions, is superconductivity:

The potential for the substance is tremendous. It could, for example, be able to transfer electricity without the bothersome habit of heating up, potentially giving birth to a completely new form of superconductor.

But I have this creeping (and creepy) intuition that what we might be looking at is one component in the search for the fourth generation nuclear weapon, i.e., the pure fusion bomb that does not need an atom (fission) bomb for the "fuse". Imagine, in a metallic form, perhaps alloyed with some other substance - I mentioned that high pressure "alloy" of heavy water and mercury for a (off-the-end-of-the-twig-and-completely-barmy) reason - it might be possible to do things with that metallic hydrogen that one cannot do with it in its gaseous form, like ripping molecular bonds of a crystalline lattice through sudden sharp mechanical (octanitrocubane-al?) shock... Rest assured, even though the idea is nutty (for a variety of reasons), some chemist somewhere in some deep dark black projects laboratory cave in upper Silesia or lower Patagonia or the barren desert mountains of Nevada or the tunnels of Chelyabinsk is brainstorming in a notebook, drawing chemical diagrams of just such things and doing back-of-the-envelope calculations...

... or perhaps they were done long ago, and we're in the manufacturing stage...

See you on the flip side...

 

22 thoughts on “METALLIC HYDROGEN, AND REALLY HIGH OCTANE SPECULATIONS”

  1. If such 4th-generation nuclear devices existed, and if the combustible portion contained some mercury alloy, and if they had been deployed in our atmosphere, then we would be looking at massive environmental mercury contamination. Hmm…

  2. A question to ponder: Are we trapped in our own Creation?! Something jogged my memory yest. in remembering that one of the Wh-Bl scientists said that just before he died!!!

  3. What I can’t understand is why the West is obsessed with weaponizing every new discovery of science. Who are they afraid of or who do they hate enough to what to torture to death or kill horribly.

    1. Theresa Paulfranz

      In my first reply I flippantly joked about how badly we humans are doing. In my second reply I reflected upon honoring the basic nature of the universe. Third reply I want to comment on the above article but not using science. I am no scientist. Perhaps I should therefore be quiet. I can tell Dr. Farrell is saying something deep.
      I too am convinced that beautiful science is being developed and kept from the people whose tax dollars helped develop the science.
      But we little people are not altogether left out. The nature of the universe includes us at a very basic level. If we honor truth on some level, in some time or place truth will honor us.
      This is a sentient universe. Justice is part of the fabric, the thought-fabric of mind over matter.
      Since our taxes payed for it by rights it may be ours some day.

    2. Marcos – I think it’s partly human nature; partly the culture of the U.S. military-industrial-intelligence complex, which grew into a gigantic power and law unto itself during the Cold War; and partly the influence of Paperclip and other Nazis, who metastasized all over the world like a cancer after WWII. On a more high-octane-speculation note, it might also be that they fear whoever is “out there” in the solar system.

    1. Aren’t ‘microwaves’ in a general sense, directed energy particle beams .. think Heim’s version of his em drive that creates its own pull force or mini black hole. He had conceptualized this way back in the 50’s and his study was at least partially funded by the Martin Company. “During the 1950s and 60s, the Martin Company moved from the aircraft industry into the guided missile, space exploration, and space utilization industries.”

  4. Robert Barricklow

    Ok. Before getting into the post; working off the title, and going high-octane-wild …
    Metallic Hydrogen?
    Suppose, it’s true.
    The that’s one hell of a phase transition …
    via a hyper-dimensional avenue?
    But, the definition is one
    [proton, nucleus, electron].
    To go metallic; would either have to
    cheat the definition of its being;
    or, change the perception via dimensions?

    Now, that is logical. Extreme pressures force the transition. Now, enter mankind and the weaponization of hydrogen via nuclear explosions.
    WOW! DAC technologies that form all new categories of metallurgies/superconductors.
    All this startling creativity commissioned for destruction?

  5. On Terminus some people played
    A round of golf and so they splayed
    Those whizzing hydrogen balls all day
    Until the Mule took them away.

  6. Read a few papers over the years about diamond anvils and metallic hydrogen as well as other substances. Water is also able to become a solid at high temperatures and pressures. Not just cold can turn water to a solid state and this form of water has different properties to ice. Possibly super conductive. I believe there are massive water Suns where this occurs if my memory is correct. Might have been around since 1946 according to this article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_anvil_cell

  7. Lots going on with Hydrogen at the moment too. The resetters are proposing this is the energy of the future. Indeed, there is company called Electriq-Global that i wrote a vidchat question on that uses water, tetrahydrobiopterin and a metal layer (could that mysterious metal layer be metallic diamond?) to extract Hydrogen to create electricity to power vehicles.

    Why this is so interesting is because tetrahydrobiopterin is made in the human body and doesn’t exist in abundance in nature. It’s stimulated in the body by extreme pain and babies create more of it than adults.

    Is there a component of human trafficking, pro-abortion and even torture creating a murky undercurrent to all of this?

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/australian-israeli-startup-creates-water-based-fuel-for-electric-vehicles/

    1. Humorous, maybe they have found a use for all the “useless eaters” out there. Simply convert them into fuel for their expensive cars.

    2. Katie B yep & it (human trafficking,abortion &torture) IS A BIG PART OF IT ? & has BEEN for a very very Very VERY long time ? …..it’s just coming out more & more …..now

      y ?

    3. Produced in the human body .. ‘electric energy’ applications, Matrix magick reloaded ? I always wondered why the NASA paperclip Nazis included ‘space medicine’ doctors.

  8. Fusion power of transcendence is known to man.

    In poetry, one calls it metaphor, when amalgamating ideas.

    Shocking the system, by metaphor, is being caught by surprise.

    It always collapses narrative.

    DONKEY LICENSE

    Marshall went steadfast on steed,
    when he on his donkey rode,
    and with palm to greet
    before his feet,
    he held head in birds abode.

    Matthew 21:7

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