Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quantum Propulsion Machine - Popsci Article

Well, this is just plain cool. I love the fact that it's pretty easy to test the theory. So rare that the studies of Quantum Mechanics can be put to an actual test. Far too much of it is mathematical masturbation with very little chance of being turned into a practical device. This, however, might actually turn into something significant. But as the article insinuates, let's not get to far ahead of ourselves. :)


Rich said...

Looks very interesting. Also appears to be based on real physics - or at least plausible sounding (to this layman) physics. Apparently, the author suggests building an 'addressable array of magnetoelectric nanoparticles' to test the idea.

Is it just me or does that sound remarkably like electronic paper? In which case we already have the technology to make the stuff and test it? And if it works - we assemble a big old stack of sheets of e-paper, put them in a tube and pour in some potting material round the edges to hold everything together securely. Hey presto - one solid state quantum reactionless thruster!

But I may be getting ahead of things here :)

Douglas Mallette said...

Out of the box thinking is exactly how really great stuff will be invented. :)