Passive Manipulation of Gravito-Photons with Metamaterials?

Creating the discipline of gravity design

In H.G. Wells’ novel The First Men in the Moon a scientist discovers “cavorite”, a mineral impervious to gravity that can also shield other materials from its effects. The search for materials with the ability to modify gravity have long been considered science fiction. But recently a paper by Minter, Wegter-McNelly and Chiao suggested that hypothesized High Frequency Gravity Waves (HFGWs) might be able to be reflected like a mirror by thin superconducting films when Cooper pairs are in motion.

Whether this will be the case is uncertain and Chiao has had some setbacks with his “gravity-radio” experiments in 2003, but of greater interest to myself is not whether any passive material may be able to interact with gravity waves or gravitons to redirect their paths, but whether there are materials that would be able to interact with gravito-photons, the hypothesized particles in Extended Heim Theory.

My candidate would be metamaterials.

Metamaterials have been modeled to manipulate photons to create invisibility cloaks in a manner analogous to the warping of space by gravity. Researchers such as Ulf Leonhardt of the University of St. Andrews, John Pendry of Imperial College London and Dr Guenneau, at the University of Liverpools’s Department of Mathematical Science are just a few of the theoreticians that have made clear the potential of metamaterials.

They have also shown how metamaterials can mimic phenomena that have been associated with manipulations of space-time. Dr. Guenneau, explains. “Using this new computer model we can prove that light can bend around an object under a cloak and is not diffracted by the object. This happens because the metamaterial that makes up the cloak stretches the metrics of space, in a similar way to what heavy planets and stars do for the metrics of space-time in Einstein’s general relativity theory.

Ulf Leonhardt of the University of St Andrews in the UK working independently of John Pendry of Imperial College London, says, “This research shows how much electromagnetic or optical instruments can do… Interestingly, the new calculations are inspired by the geometry of curved space — a discipline that is normally in the firm hands of researchers in general relativity.”

There was also an article and news release on the creation of a fiber-optical analogue of the event horizon of a black hole. It simulated a gravitational phenomenon through the use of photonic-crystal fibers. A description of other instances of this effect is here:

A paper published in the March 2009 issue of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Review, “Cloaking Devices, Electromagnetic Wormholes, and Transformation Optics,” presents an overview of the theoretical developments in cloaking from a mathematical perspective. The cloaking version of a wormhole allows for an invisible tunnel between two points in space through which electromagnetic waves can be transmitted.

With such a close relationship between metamaterials and optical analogues of gravity events, and the generation of gravito-photons through gravito-magnetic interactions, perhaps one day metamaterials will be able to be designed to passively interact with propulsion or standing fields produced by gravito-photons. This might include the ability to pass through them, reflect them, or shape them to form gravito-lenses on a small scale.

About the Author

gdaigleGregory Daigle is a former professor of design who has accrued national and international awards for interactive media and STEM learning. He has held management and creative leadership positions with advertising, e-learning, industrial design and interactive media firms. He heads an awarded non-profit for place-based learning and has written numerous articles on design and technology.View all posts by gdaigle

  1. gdaigle

    AUTHOR: Michael
    DATE: 03/18/2009 12:04:53 AM
    Very interesting article. Although, I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with the term “electromagnetic wormhole.” It’s a little misleading.

    But I am quite excited about the prospects of these amazing metamaterials. It’s a real pleasure to be living in the age of advanced technology.

  2. gdaigle

    Editor reply:
    “Photonic” would have been my choice, though cloaks for magnetism have also been demonstrated.

  3. gdaigle

    AUTHOR: Michael
    DATE: 04/08/2009 08:05:19 PM
    Not sure if you heard this, but Dr. Hauser gave a lecture entitled “Emerging Physics for Novel Field Propulsion” very recently

  4. gdaigle

    Editor’s reply:

    Yes, here is a link to that presentation made in Sacramento. It summarizes where D&H are before their upcoming paper and in the last sentence portends use of intense gravity-like fields for use in fusion reactors.

  5. gdaigle

    AUTHOR: Michael
    DATE: 04/09/2009 11:33:24 AM
    The link you provided isn’t working. On the publication page, the latest paper was submitted in 2007.

  6. gdaigle

    Editor’s reply:
    Sorry. Fixed it.

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