PLASMAS AND SUPER-LUMINAL GROUP VELOCITIES

You're going to love this article spotted by T.S., and passed along: scientists at Lawrence Livermore have apparently succeeded in breaking the speed limit of the velocity of light, and doing so in a manner that might ring a Bell, using plasmas:

Physicists Broke The Speed of Light With Pulses Inside Hot Plasma

Now, like all such articles, one is left trying to "read between the lines" without having access to the original paper. The original paper is here, but unfortunately behind a paywall:

Slow and Fast Light in Plasma Using Optical Wave Mixing

So I'm going to have to guess what's going on based on the first article's summary, and then indulge in my usual high octane speculation, based on my guesses.

Needless to say, this is a very hazardous procedure, and increases the possibility that I'm completely wrong, so take everything with not just a grain of salt, but with several bags of rock salt.

With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to the following:

While photons themselves are unlikely to ever break this speed limit, there are features of light which don't play by the same rules.

Manipulating them won't hasten our ability to travel to the stars, but they could help us clear the way to a whole new class of laser technology.

Physicists in the US have shown that, under certain conditions, waves made up of groups of photons can move faster than light.

Researchers have been playing hard and fast with the speed limit of light pulses for a while, speeding them up and even slowing them to a virtual stand-still using various materials like cold atomic gasesrefractive crystals, and optical fibers.

But impressively, last year, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the University of Rochester in New York managed it inside hot swarms of charged particles, fine-tuning the speed of light waves within plasma to anywhere from around one-tenth of light's usual vacuum speed to more than 30 percent faster.

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A photon's speed is locked in place by the weave of electrical and magnetic fields referred to as electromagnetism. There's no getting around that, but pulses of photons within narrow frequencies also jostle in ways that create regular waves.

The rhythmic rise and fall of whole groups of light waves moves through stuff at a rate described as group velocity, and it's this 'wave of waves' that can be tweaked to slow down or speed up, depending on the electromagnetic conditions of its surrounds.

By stripping electrons away from a stream of hydrogen and helium ions with a laser, the researchers were able to change the group velocity of light pulses sent through them by a second light source, putting the brakes on or streamlining them by adjusting the gas's ratio and forcing the pulse's features to change shape. (Emphasis added)

Now what I am taking from this are two ways of reading it, and both are in my mind related. The key is in that phrase "groups of waves," which strongly suggests to me the idea of interferometry, which is, indeed, a "group of waves." It's a fancy way of saying that while the individual waves comprising an interferometric pattern move at the standard velocity of light in whatever medium they happen to be moving through, the resulting interferometric pattern itself is moving faster than the waves comprising it. Or another way of putting it would be that the interferometric pattern is a compressional or longitudinal wave pattern resulting from the interference of typical sin waves. Think of it this way, and to use the illustration I've often used: the normal electromagnetic wave is a sin wave, it travels like a jump rope loosely suspended between two people, and one person jerks the rope. The result will be a wave that moves -  slowly - through the rope to the other person, dissipating most of its energy as it does so. The interference pattern of several such waves would be more like a ruler or yardstick placed between two people, and one person pulses the yardstick. All the energy moves "instantaneously" and with little attenuation to the person on the other end.

The group velocity of this interference pattern would itself be quite analogous to a lattice structure in space-time itself, a lattice structure that could, moreover, resemble a compressional wave. Or to put it even more succinctly and provocatively, such an interference pattern or group velocity is the local space-time lattice.

It's notable that all this is being accomplished in a plasma, and by "adjusting the gas's ratio and forcing the pulse's features to change shape," i.e., by adjusting the internal geometry of the plasma and the electromagnetic pulses within it. Or to put the same point even more provocatively, the plasma is being used as an acoustical cavity, and this suggests that it could be used for super-luminal communication and even a kind of non-locality and entanglement. (Transporters, anyone?)

Of course, the article itself is cautioning against such speculations, which probably means I'm completely off target on my guesses, and hence on my speculations.

But it's worth noting that some years back, similar speculations were being advanced by a Brazilian physicist on interferometric patterns and group velocities resulting from finite apertures and squeezing lots of waves through it, with a resulting interferometric pattern of a superluminal velocity.

One can imagine lots of things, like a massive piezo-electric wave guide ending in a very small point with all sorts of plasma-goings-on inside of it, including an optical cavity that looks like it might have been for a maser, and with intriguing indications of acoustic modulation....

... otherwise it's just a big pile of granite and limestone...

See you on the flip side...

 

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".

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  1. Rommel Cromwell on September 17, 2022 at 4:23 am

    Cymatics have been done on a sound recording taken in the Pyramid by Stephen Halpern. Here’s a link https://youtu.be/Yw13EAX3cZk

  2. kalki on September 16, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Swiss Plasma Center and DeepMind Use AI To Control Plasmas for Nuclear Fusion
    https://scitechdaily.com/swiss-plasma-center-and-deepmind-use-ai-to-control-plasmas-for-nuclear-fusion/

    Sun as a lens shaped envelop … used to blast letter to ET … 3-body-problem style …. and hope for the best

  3. anakephalaiosis on September 10, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Solstices are places in time, and they are also two sons of Odin/Adon/Adonai, who is union of seven heavens (Elohim) and solstices (Yahweh), which are gatherings of intent.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/c9670bm8xtlvkok/midnight-places.mp4

    Assuming, that Isaiah’s pyramid is altar (lens) to Yahweh-yuletide, as power transferring place in time, then Elohim-tungols are lattice in electric universe, around plasma giant.

    Transfer of power – by Thor’s hammer – uses electric conduit and voltage, to break barriers of resistance, flowing path of least resistance, in explosion of growth.

    Only Green Knight draws best of blades from pyramid stone.

    EARL GREY OO7 VICTORIOUS

    Joyous are those happy news of death,
    that lizard no longer draws breath,
    as during storm in tea cup
    reptile went belly-up,
    because Earl Grey has strength.

    • anakephalaiosis on September 10, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      BTW, it goes, without saying, that bulk translating Hebrew terms, into God and Lord, is a political compromise, and a scientific disaster.

      Today, British monarchy relies on this simplification, and were accurate terms to be retrieved, legitimacy of power could become disputed.

      God is taken from Old Norse “goð/goði”, and Lord is taken from Old English “hlaf-weard”. Both terms are taken out of context, and given new meaning.

      The question is, who has been pruning tongue and branding labels?

  4. FiatLux on September 9, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Pulses and plasmas, eh? Beehives come to mind. “Manipulating [photons] won’t hasten our ability to travel to the stars”? I take that to indicate this technology might indeed help us travel to the stars…

  5. marcos toledo on September 9, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Question how long have we had the technology to go to the stars so why are we still playing the chemical rocket dog and pony show?

  6. Steve.Jinks on September 9, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Some very interesting language here.

    “The nonlinear optical properties of plasma are important for high-energy laser experiments in high-energy density physics and inertial confinement fusion, where, for example, plasma-mediated energy transfer predicted by linear theory is used to tune implosion symmetry [8, 9]. Additionally, plasma-based replacements for a range of standard optical components allowed the manipulation of light at extreme fluences[10]. Plasma optics include plasma mirrors, now a standard method for improving temporal contrast[11, 12]; plasma gratings, which redirect light or combine multiple laser beams[13–15]; parametric plasma amplifiers for reaching extreme laser intensities [16–18]; and plasma-based manipulation of polarization at high flux[19–22].”.

  7. Robert Barricklow on September 9, 2022 at 11:58 am

    In my minds eye, there are both non locality and gravity involved
    in going from point A to Point b faster than light.
    I’m trying to translate any discovery of faster-than-light technology into space travel.
    Taking ET home, means the horse & buggy physics is wrong.
    Some of the “Breakaways” – know what works.
    [How many Breakaways are there?]

    • Jay on September 16, 2022 at 2:23 pm

      Robert, look at something called “cannibal solar flare” – literally same thing. Also, anything electric is by default also non- local due to electrons being both local ( kinetic energy) and non- local ( potential energy) hence anything which uses electricity is hyper dimensional ( humans included ). As for gravity , it’s not a force as it is falsely claimed , gravity fenomenon is a result of both inertia and mass plus movement ( which can be simulated by electromagnetic fields if one knows how to pulse them).
      This is probably what Skunksworks chief ment as ” error in equation”.

  8. LGL on September 9, 2022 at 11:09 am

    A full PDF version of the preprint is accessible at the following link:
    https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1821273

  9. kalamona on September 9, 2022 at 8:26 am

    if london bridge fell down, as of yesterday, we may as well rhyme the following:

    pyramids are splitting light,
    spitting light, splitting light,
    pyramids are spitting light,
    my fair lady…

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