In their “quantum” blindness, particle physicists and QM adherents call the process of harmonics, reverberation, reinforcement, and resonance in the EM field a mysterious event called a “quantum fluctuation.” They need to back away and see the field for what it is, a turbulent energy field, average energy density about 2.725 K. and the result of that process, proto matter. (cs)
Space, in the words of modern physicists, is many things. It is referred to as:
—a quantum vacuum
In Einstein’s 1915 theory of General Relativity, it is an essential component of, in fact, an active participant in the workings of the universe. In this theory, space is the underlying structure, supporting in their locations, orbits, transits, all of the ponderable elements of that universe and is, itself acted upon by those elements. It is curved (or flat), it is warped by participating masses, it is bent, stretched, and distorted by passing streams of light and other manifestations. In short it is fundamental, like its companion, the measure we call time, which, incidentally, can be treated in the same way, although subject to some limitations, such as travelling always in the same direction, forward, from the past to the future.
Space can get away with all of these multiple, even sometimes contradictory interpretations because, at its heart it is so ephemeral. It has never been captured in the laboratory or in the field, for detailed examination or testing, even measurement. No one has seen or touched a piece of it, or, on the other hand, we have all been surrounded by it, forever.
However, it is seen as the source of everything. Due to some singular event called, for unexplained reasons, a “quantum fluctuation,” it was the mother of the mother of all explosions, an event called “the big bang,” from which all of the matter and energy of today’s known universe has arisen. There are some otherwise reputable experts who claim that even space and time themselves were created in the big bang, but even those experts can’t explain what was there before, unless it was something like a “creation field’ (Fred Hoyle), perhaps even the hand of God.
Wikipedia defines a quantum fluctuation in this way:
Inquantum physics, a quantum fluctuation(or vacuum state fluctuationor vacuum fluctuation) is the temporary change in the amount of energy in a point in space,as explained in Werner Heisenberg‘suncertainty principle.
This allows the creation of particle-antiparticle pairs of virtual particles. The effects of these particles are measurable, for example, in the effective charge of the electron, different from its “naked” charge.
Quantum fluctuations may have been necessary in the origin of the structure of the universe: according to the model of expansive inflationthe ones that existed when inflation began were amplified and formed the seed of all current observed structure. Vacuum energymay also be responsible for the current accelerating expansion of the universe(cosmological constant)
I would also note that when a physics term in modern physics doesn’t have a clear definition or experimental evidence it is often granted a “quantum” before its common name, much like “your royal highness.”
Anyhow , some recently published research studies have concluded that space must have some sort of substance, because it can, probably, be shown to have a measurable frictional effect on rapidly moving objects within it.
Researchers at Purdue University have devised experiments to test this hypothesis, with tiny objects suspended by lasers and then set to spinning at billions of revolutions per minute, to see if this “friction” tends to slow down this spin velocity. They have chosen to use “nothingness as their label for space.
Readers of the history of physics will recall the earlier, 19th century experiments of Michelson and Morley, who sought to detect the presence of a particulate “ether” thought for centuries to permeate space and to serve as the medium for the transmission of light and other electromagnetic radiation. They failed to find it (It didn’t appear to slow down light.) and its presumed presence was then denied, even to the present day. But finding friction in nothingness might revive this presumed debunked (even by Einstein) elementary fundamental substance.
(Einstein, to his credit, later indicated that the presence of some kind of “ether” was necessary for the truth of his theories, but those comments in the 1920’s have been generally ignored.)
But a new theory (note author self-applause) may find some confirmation in these studies. If, like me, you find it hard to think of “nothing” as having a frictional effect, and instead of “nothingness” substitute an energy “field” as the substance of space, one can begin to see a way out of this conundrum. One can also, except with the proper instruments, not generally detect an electromagnetic field of relatively low energy (2.725° Kelvin, in this case). You can’t taste it, touch it, bend it, smell it, under normal circumstances. But you can detect it, use it, pass right through it with no noticeable effect, recharge your batteries with it, even. As Michelson and Morley showed, it doesn’t slow down light, except in regions of high energy intensity, but carries it at its maximum speed limit determined by its innate structure, just as the local atmosphere carries sound waves. It is turbulent, as all fields are turbulent, and that turbulence enables the origin of stable concentrations, leading to the emergence of all “ponderable matter.” It permeates and is detectable in all directions and at all distances. No “singularity” was required for our existence, no big bang ever happened, just reverberation, reinforcement, resonance, and phase transitions in the field. It’s happening even today, as we speak.
You can find more on this fascinating subject at:
This article in particular is rife with the granting of “quantum” honorifics.
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