I ended yesterday's blog on physiological precognition with a reference to entanglement, that highly weird property of quantum mechanics thought to tie together particles, or packets of information, non-locally, such that alteration of one produces the same alteration in another, no matter the distance separating them. I've long thought that such entanglement, along with the observer effect, had to function at a macrocosmic level, and that it was not merely confined to the world of the hyper-small.
Well, according to the following article shared by P.S.J., there may just have been a recent demonstration of precisely that point:
The article takes note of what has dogged physics thus far: the apparent bifurcation into the physics of the very small (quantum mechanics) and the physics of the very large (cosmological physics):
While there's nothing to say that quantum entanglement can't happen with macroscopic objects, before now it was thought that the effects weren't noticeable at larger scales – or perhaps that the macroscopic scale was governed by another set of rules. (Emphasis added)
It's that quest for one set of rules - called scale invariance by physicists - that has been the problem, even though plasma physicists such as Anthony Perrat long ago pointed out the resemblance of plasmas generated in the laboratory to the spiral structures of entire galaxies.
What's new here - and I'll leave it to the reader to read the entire article on this recent experiment involving small aluminum drums - is not only have measurements been made documenting a macrocosmic entanglement connection, but that the entanglement manifests itself in a very odd way:
Previous studies have also reported on macroscopic quantum entanglement, but the new research goes further: All of the necessary measurements were recorded rather than inferred, and the entanglement was generated in a deterministic, non-random way.
In a related but separate series of experiments, researchers also working with macroscopic drums (or oscillators) in a state of quantum entanglement have shown how it's possible to measure the position and momentum of the two drumheads at the same time.
"In our work, the drumheads exhibit a collective quantum motion," says physicist Laure Mercier de Lepinay, from Aalto University in Finland. "The drums vibrate in an opposite phase to each other, such that when one of them is in an end position of the vibration cycle, the other is in the opposite position at the same time."
What makes this headline news is that it gets around Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle – the idea that position and momentum can't be perfectly measured at the same time. The principle states that recording either measurement will interfere with the other through a process called quantum back action.
As well as backing up the other study in demonstrating macroscopic quantum entanglement, this particular piece of research uses that entanglement to avoid quantum back action – essentially investigating the line between classical physics (where the Uncertainty Principle applies) and quantum physics (where it now doesn't appear to). (Boldface emphasis added)
What leapt out at me here was something that I actually wrote a paper on years ago in the members' area of this website (called "Parallel Universe People"). In that paper (which in the website version garbles some of the symbols I used), I imagined two objects, identical in all respects, modeled as sets of information with particular elements of each set, one of which was the Greek letter lamba, which is used in mathematical physics to denote wavelength or sometimes frequency. The others being amplitude, phase, and so on. For all intents and purposes, two objects could be described by exactly the same sets of information, though their phase might be completely different.
Something like that appears to be going on with this experiment, where the two entangled drums are in exactly the opposite phase from each other: same wavelength, different phase, almost as if at the macrocosmic level, entanglement is a kind of "dipole phase phenomenon", for want of a better description, or to put it perhaps more accurately, almost as if the phase state is its own kind of superposition and had collapsed into two entangled objects, each exactly out of phase with the other.
If so, the the implications that spin out (pun intended) from there are enormous should that "dipole phase phenomenon" prove to be a fundamental characteristic of macrocosmic entanglement; think only of the possible ramifications for multiverse theory, holographic universe concepts, precognitive effects, and so on, and you get the idea.
And if we can think of those implications, rest assured, they already have, and are busily experimenting with them...
See you on the flip side...