Temporal Cloak Hides Events for a Fleeting Moment
October 14, 2011 7:03 AM
Experiment would need to be on planetary or interplanetary scale to provide macroscopic results
In science fiction, it's not uncommon for an event in history to be changed or removed by some sort of
or time altering technology. That fiction may someday become reality with a new breakthrough made at Cornell University that has been described as a "history editor." Granted the history that the cloaking technique has been able to hide is a tiny fraction of a second.
The researchers include Moti Fridman and colleagues and the experiment was the first to demonstrate a theory described a year ago by Martin McCall and colleagues at the Imperial College in London. The Cornell researchers sent a beam of light traveling down an optical fiber that went through what the team dubbed "time lenses."
In the space between the two lenses, the team was able to create a bubble in the light for a tiny moment that function like a temporal hole. That is a fancy way of saying that the beam of light never existed for a tiny fraction of a second. As the beam passes though the split-time lens it accelerates near the center and slows down near the edges causing a bubble. The second lens in the series is able to create the opposite effect and returns the beam to normal.
In testing, the team shot pulses of laser light between the two lenses and they were recorded at a constant rate of 41 kilohertz when the cloak was turned off. When the cloak was turned on and synchronized with the light pulses all signs that the pulses took place were erased. The area that was cloaked was tiny at only 6mm long and lasted only 20 trillionths of a second. A longer duration for the cloak would have created turbulence and revealed that the event occurred.
The team says that to create a measurable macroscopic effect using the cloak the experiment would need to be on the planetary or perhaps interplanetary scale.
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