Friday
Dec092016

Inertial Propulsion via Quantum Interference and Exclusion

Babble title aside, this is a simple idea, and probably exists somewhere in the wide world.  But explaining it begins with the the uncertainty principle and double slit expereriment, and likely touches on subjects like red shift and the Michelson interferometer  (reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-slit_experiment, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshift, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelson_interferometer)

The uncertainty principle teaches one can't know a particles position and speed precisely at the same time.  Measure the position and you disrupt speed, measure the speed and you disrupt the position.  Learn exactly where one electron is and expect it to have a speed anywhere between zero and the speed of light any random direction as a result. 

The double slit experiment ties into uncertainty.  Shoot electrons in a beam at a wall with two small open slits  and they splatter through the slits into the space behind in a classic quantum interference wave pattern.  Try to identify which slit the electron went through and you colapse the quantum wave pattern - even if the path detector is set up after the electrons go through the two slits. 

Physicists say nothing travels faster than the speed of light, the deadpan joke being that space itself being almost nothing can expand over great distances faster than the speed of light resulting in red shift.  But there is evidence that probabilty travels faster than nothing, after all - setting a dector up after the electrons slosh through the slits to detect path still results in a collapse of the quantum interference waveform.

Which brings me to propulsion.  I was wondering if the center of mass in an interference pattern could differ from the center of mass in a collapsed quantum interference wave form while a sinlge electron was still in flight, and the answer clearly seems to be yes. 

On one hand this is just a quantum card trick.  Yes the computed mass might move faster than the speed of light, but you didn't know where it was when you started and the superposition envelope must included where the electron landed at the collapse of the quantum interference wave pattern.  But on the other hand the center of particle mass does move, and at least in my thought experient - at the speed of the probability waveform collapse, potentially faster than the speed of light.  

So the question becomes can one actually make a working propulsion system from such a device that repeatedly flicked the switch between wave and particle duality.  I'm not talking about propulsion from shooting the electrons themselves, but an inchworm progression from the change in center of mass position in each cycle.   Would the repeated mass delta result in a tiny non-propellant based change in position?   Could one test in a vacuum with interferometer?  Does this even have any affect on inertia?  This wouldn't be propulsion exactly since the change in mass motion wouldn't continue after the interference wave collapsed.   But I think in principle repeated cycles could move anything that was interacting with the universe at large without expending propellants by "rowing" the invisible quantum superposition waveform with repeated wave particle duality collapse cycles and thereby modifying inertial vectors.   Probably in very small ways.

Interesting ideas often start out being wrong.  I think this is an interesting idea.

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