If we have done enough research in the areas of science and ancient knowledge, we may have noticed that numerous ancient symbols have been resurfacing in the latest discoveries in quantum physics. Not only are these discoveries surprising physicists, they are challenging many scientists to reconsider just how interconnected the universe actually is.
The fact that we are seeing discoveries in advanced physics depicted in ancient Sumerian art and Buddhist mandalas tell us that these new scientific developments may not be so “new” after all. This is not to say that the rediscovery of these principles are not significant. It is simply to say that much of this knowledge is very ancient, and if this is the case there is a very strong chance that there are those who already possess this scientific knowledge thousands of years in the past.
The Maltese cross is the symbol of the historical group, the Knights Templar. This was a group which was a dominant force during the 12th through the 14th century. According to some historians, this group did not entirely end, but was only reformed over the centuries. As successor after successor followed in the footsteps of this group, the ancient knowledge behind the Maltese cross was passed through the generations. It is along these subjects where our topic of interest begins.
Revealing the True Form of the Photon
It was discussed in a recent article how one post doctorate Research Fellow at Stanford University discovered the shape of the photon. Dr. Radoslaw Chrapkiewicz’s groundbreaking experiments marked the discovery (or the rediscovery) of the significance of the photon. Though it seems that mainstream science is slow to come to further conclusions about the significance of sacred geometry in the universe, they still continue to reveal parallels between modern physics and ancient knowledge.
To add to the details from the previous article, here is one quote from Dr. Chrapkiewicz and Physics.org describing the procedures which led to the groundbreaking developments in quantum holography.
“We performed a relatively simple experiment to measure and view something incredibly difficult to observe: the shape of wavefronts of a single photon,” says Dr. Radoslaw Chrapkiewicz.
In standard photography, individual points of an image register light intensity only. In classical holography, the interference phenomenon also registers the phase of the light waves—it is the phase that carries information about the depth of the image. When a hologram is created, a well-described, undisturbed light wave—the reference wave—is superimposed on another wave of the same wavelength but reflected from a three-dimensional object.
The peaks and troughs of the two waves are shifted to varying degrees at different points of the image. This results in interference and the phase differences between the two waves create a complex pattern of lines. Such a hologram is then illuminated with a beam of reference light to recreate the spatial structure of wavefronts of the light reflected from the object, and as such, its 3D shape.
“Following this experiment, we were inspired to ask whether two-photon quantum interference could be used similarly to classical interference in holography in order to use known-state photons to gain further information about unknown-state photons. Our analysis led us to a surprising conclusion: it turned out that when two photons exhibit quantum interference, the course of this interference depends on the shape of their wavefronts,” says Dr. Chrapkiewicz.
Quantum interference can be observed by registering pairs of photons. The experiment needs to be repeated several times, always with two photons with identical properties. To meet these conditions, each experiment started with a pair of photons with flat wavefronts and perpendicular polarisations; this means that the electrical field of each photon vibrated in a single plane only, and these planes were perpendicular for the two photons. The different polarisation made it possible to separate the photons in a crystal and make one of them ‘unknown’ by curving their wavefronts using a cylindrical lens.
Once the photons were reflected by mirrors, they were directed toward the beam splitter (a calcite crystal). The splitter didn’t change the direction of vertically-polarised photons, but it did diverge diplace horizontally polarised photons. In order to make each direction equally probable and to make sure the crystal acted as a beam splitter, the planes of photon polarisation were bent by 45 degrees before the photons entered the splitter. The photons were registered using the state-of-the-art camera designed for the previous experiments. By repeating the measurements several times, the researchers obtained an interference image corresponding to the hologram of the unknown photon viewed from a single point in space. The image was used to fully reconstruct the amplitude and phase of the wave function of the unknown photon.
“Our experiment is one of the first allowing us to directly observe one of the fundamental parameters of photon’s wave function—its phase—bringing us a step closer to understanding what the wave function really is,” explains researcher Michal Jachura.
The Warsaw physicists used quantum holography to reconstruct wave function of an individual photon. Researchers hope that in the future, they will be able to use a similar method to recreate wave functions of more complex quantum objects, such as certain atoms. Will quantum holography find applications beyond the lab to a similar extent as classical holography? Such existing practical applications include security (holograms are difficult to counterfeit), entertainment, transport (in scanners measuring the dimensions of cargo), microscopic imaging and optical data storing and processing technologies.
“It’s difficult to answer this question today. All of us—I mean physicists—must first get our heads around this new tool. It’s likely that real applications of quantum holography won’t appear for a few decades yet, but if there’s one thing we can be sure of it’s that they will be surprising,” summarises Prof. Konrad Banaszek.
The reason this new area of study is called quantum holography is because the same general method of generating a holographic images is used to reveal the shape of the photon, and as we can see, the photon appears surprisingly like the merkaba. Just as the discovery of the amplituhedron suggested, the findings in quantum holography revealed an uncanny resemblance to the merkaba oriented so that we see one cubical face.
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