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Alice in Barium-Titanate Land

Barium-Titanate crystals have a curious property.  They have a variable index of refraction -- that is, they bend light at different angles.  Refraction is the deflection at a certain angle of a ray of light (or other rays) when it enters obliquely from one medium into another (such as air into water, or vice versa).  The index of refraction indicates the angle for that particular medium (air, water, glass, crystal...).  Typically, for a particular combination of mediums (e.g. air and water), the index of refraction is a single, well-defined number.  Barium-titanate crystals, however, are apparently not so limited.  (They must have been reading this website, and decided that there are no limits.)  

Researchers at the University of Southern California reported on an experiment wherein a laser was directed at a barium-titanate crystal, with the expected result of the laserís light being multiply deflected at a broad sweep of angles.  The beam was in fact, fanned in essentially all forward directions of a particular quadrant.  So far, nothing new.  A second laser and barium-titanate crystal system was then set up alongside the first one.  Initially, the deflection of the laser light was identical to the previous experiment.  But then rather quickly, the two fanned beams of light coming from each crystal briefly included the other in its fanned shape, whereupon they abruptly became focused on the adjacent crystal.  No more deflection of the laser at multiple angles, but instead the two laser beams focused exclusively on each other like long lost soul mates.  

Alice of Wonderland fame then arrived with an idea.  She inserted a lead shield between the two crystals, such that the laser beams could no longer connect with their opposite numbers.  The situation of the laser beams being fanned at multiple angles then returned. Until the two beams simultaneously struck a mirrored surface (which had just been added to the system).  Whereupon, both beams immediately refocused into a single laser beam and reconnected with each other.  (The reuniting was touching moment.)  

The researchers were quick to point out some of the potential, practical applications of this discovery, but they failed to ask the question (at least in print) of Why?  Why did the two beams cease their fanning about and focus on one another?  Not how.  Not how does a variable index of refraction work, but why would the two beams bother to connect with each other?  Why would they revert to some sort of harmonious reaction?  

As good as an answer as most any other is that they were lonely for one another.  Which seems to be the way of a universe which is fundamentally connected, a Connective Physics which knows no bounds or limits to its means, and which suggests that two people are attracted to one another because their respective electrons are in harmony.  This Alician experiment might thus be added to the EPR Experiment as an exercise in demonstrating the intrinsic connectedness of the universe.

 

Connective Physics         Machís Principle

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EPR Experiment         Pauli Exclusion Principle

Nonlocality         Bellís Theorem         Casimir Effect

               

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