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Three Proposed Quantum Mechanical Experiments


1. Can we actually see λ-hopping?


This may be possible using an uncharged particle that is massive. A good candidate would be a Buckyball C60.  It is stable and can be purchased easily. It is massive enough that we can look at it with light without disturbing it too much. A C60 buckyball has a mass of 1.2 x 10-24 kilogram.


The experiment is to observe the brownian motion of C60:

1. Create a surface of C60

2. Observe the C60 motion using different light sources and microscopes.

3. Do the C60 molecules hop or move continuously. 


Slow speed particles are strange: When velocity is small wavelength gets big, unbelievably big.  Low energy particle behavior may be just as interesting as high energy particle behavior. Lots of room at the bottom as Feynman would say.

2. Can we arrange a race between radio waves and gamma rays?

This experiment was performed with the “Magic” gamma ray telescope on the Canary Islands. The answer was that in the race from a cosmic event (Blazer) gamma rays won the race by 4 minutes. This result was for one event and more events need to be observed before the result is conclusive.


DWT predicts that the time difference should be a function of the distance and the wavelengths used (see section 30).

The predicted relation is:

            1.  Vf The higher light speed

            2.  Vs The lower light speed

            3.  Tf  The time of flight of the fast photons

            4.  Ts  The time of the slow photons

            5.  R = Vf /Vs

            6.  Distance = Vf (Time Delay) / (R-1)


3. Show experimentally that the maximum relativistic mass for a
    particle is limited to the Planck Mass.
Particle physicists may be able to accelerate massive particles to 0.9999 times the speed of light
and see experimentally if they get “cut off” at the Planck Mass. See Section 27


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