Year-long Holometer Experiment Dismisses Theory That We Live In Illusionary World

Posted: Dec 7 2015, 10:18am CST | by , Updated: Dec 8 2015, 8:43pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Fermilab's Holometer
Photo credit: Fermilab

Scientists have carried out a number of prolonged experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory machine at the US Department of Energy in Illinois that challenge the theory that we live in a world of illusion – a world of 2D even though we think it is 3D.

The machine used to carry out the experiments is called the Holometer, constructed to determine whether time and space behave the same way or have the same characteristics – according to a detailed report in Symmetry.

Craig Hogan, a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Chicago came up with the theory some years ago, but the Holometer machine at Fermi has punched holes in the idea that we live in a world pixelated like a TV screen.

Theoretical physicists are of the firm belief that the pixel size of space is about 10 trillion times over tinier than an atom. But under the quantum theory, accurately measuring the speed and location of subatomic particles is near to impossible.

Although with the help of Fermilab’s Holometer, measuring the quantum shakeup in space and possibly time becomes nearly possible. For a little over a year now, the holographic interferometer has been working at full blast to establish these facts.

“This is just the beginning of the story,” Hogan said. “We've developed a new way of studying space and time that we didn't have before.”

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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