Why is the Prediction so Precise?
Why is the Proton Radius Important?
Since the 2013 muonic measurement of the proton occurred, the little particle has taken international attention by storm. Many popular scientific publications feature the proton radius problem on the cover of their magazines. For instance, the cover of the July 2013 New Scientist issue read Tiny Particle Big Problem: The Humble Proton is Nothing Like We Expected. More recently, the cover of the February 2014 issue of Scientific American read The Proton Problem: Could Scientist Be Seeing Signs of a Whole New Realm of Physics? An article was also published by the Max Planck Society describing some of the issues that a smaller proton radius than the one predicted by the standard model would create, in an article entitled “Physics Has a Core Problem” that can be read here. So why all this attention on the radius of the proton all of a sudden? Because the latest measurement clearly demonstrates that the proton radius is significantly smaller than what is predicted by the standard model and as a result, the proton being a fundamental constituent of the atom, this new measurement threatens to upend the standard model and demand a revision of many of the assumptions of quantum theory. Therefore, the fact that Haramein utilizes Planck vacuum fluctuations to predict an incredibly accurate value for the charge radius of the proton is extremely significant to physical theory. However, even more noteworthy is that Haramein in the same swoop solves the quantum gravity issue (the fact that gravity does not fit well at the quantum scale) by demonstrating that both cosmological gravitation can be described in terms of Planck vacuum fluctuations and that the strong force that binds the protons together is that very same force acting on them, producing a unified view of physics. These are non-trivial results that are currently slowly trickling into the mainstream awareness despite a certain level of censorship. It is never easy to change the driving fundamental assumptions of a predominant worldview.
Are There Technological Applications to This New Universal Worldview?
Of course a fundamental change in our understanding of the structure of spacetime at the quantum scale and the identification of the vacuum fluctuations being the source of gravitation, mass, and charge will have a profound impact on technological developments of the future. One can certainly imagine systems that, in a laboratory setting, would create co-moving coherent spinning regions of the Planck vacuum fluctuations and as a result create a depression or curvature in the structure of space to obtain gravitational control, the extraction of significant amounts of energy, and even the possibility of matter creation directly out of the vacuum. You may think of this as far-fetched or that it may be possible in a very far future, but one should consider that we are already able to extract electromagnetic photons directly out of the vacuum fluctuations utilizing the dynamical Casmir Effect (for popular articles see New Scientist and Physics World). Now consider that physicists have recently found a path forward to complete Gregory Breit and John Archibald Wheeler’s (colleague of Einstein) 1934 dream of creating matter out of photons. All of a sudden the concept of matter creation out of vacuum fluctuations doesn’t seem so extravagant. Furthermore, one should consider the original Casmir Experiment (which is easier to visualize), where two plates are placed in close proximity (microns apart) so that a small density gradient is created in the vacuum structure between the long wavelengths of the vacuum which cannot enter between the plates, and the short wavelengths which are present between the plates resulting in the plates being pushed together. What if, instead of creating a gradient from the linear relationship of two plates, we created a high-density gradient between the center and the edge of spinning plasma, a little bit like the density gradient that results in hurricanes or tornadoes in the atmosphere of the earth or when you pull the plug in your bathtub and all of a sudden your rubber ducky starts orbiting.
Basically, we would be reproducing the dynamics we observe in galactic structures, quasars, or even the plasma dynamics of the sun in a laboratory setting. Haramein conceived of this possibility some 20 years ago and eventually received patents for an initial design of a technology that could conceivably produce the suitable gradient. The patent was appropriately titled, “Device and Method for Simulation of Magnetohydrodynamics US 8073094 B2” and we are making it easily available on our website here. Haramein is not the only one thinking about utilizing the vacuum energy fluctuations to warp spacetime and generate gravitational effects. Harold Sonny White, an engineer at NASA’s Advanced Propulsion Physics Laboratory and director of Eagleworks at the Johnson Space Center, received significant press in the last few years regarding NASA’s investigation of the possibility of producing a faster-than-light space warp drive to travel to the stars by using the virtual particle vacuum fluctuation’s energy potential (see popular articles here and here and Dr. White’s paper here and here). Although White demonstrates that by employing a toroidal topology he can reduce significantly the amount of energy necessary to produce the warp bubble, which would be unmanageable utilizing standard approaches, a certain amount of controversy has arisen due to the unclear nature of the method for the extraction of the so-called “negative energy” (vacuum energy) to do the job. Of course, in the framework of the standard models of physics, such possibilities seem improbable if not completely impossible. Therefore, even in the context of an agency such as NASA, these pioneer efforts are extremely poorly acknowledged, and typically the subject of wide-spread criticism and ridicule. Yet, the investigation of the vacuum structure and our capacity to interact with it to create significant specific effects such as gravitational control and energy extraction, is most likely one of the more crucial evolutionary steps a society of our level of development must achieve. Haramein’s findings of the fundamental physics driving gravitational effects from the cosmological scale to the quantum scale and its implication to the understanding of the source of mass and charge is a critical step towards that goal.
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