Jan 29, 2017

Physicists Simulate Sending Particles of Light Into the Past, Strengthening the Case that Time Travel Is Possible

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Awesome! More news on the time crystals.

The source of time travel speculation lies in the fact that our best physical theories seem to contain no prohibitions on traveling backward through time. The feat should be possible based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which describes gravity as the warping of spacetime by energy and matter. An extremely powerful gravitational field, such as that produced by a spinning black hole, could in principle profoundly warp the fabric of existence so that spacetime bends back on itself. This would create a “closed timelike curve,” or CTC, a loop that could be traversed to travel back in time.

Experimenting With CTC’s

Single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles travelling through time were just used by scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia. They showed that one photon can pass through a wormhole and then interact with its older self. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.

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  1. Rusty Fowle says:

    It is not clear if the experiment mentioned here really has anything to do with closed timelike curves. More likely, this claim rests on an over-interpretation of the D-CTC condition, see the article arXiv:1609.01496