Monthly Archives: August 2011

Supersymmetry = pseudoscience – put ‘on the spot’

LHC results put supersymmetry theory ‘on the spot’  – Pallab Ghosh – BBC 27 August 2011 Researchers failed to find evidence of so-called “supersymmetric” particles, which many physicists had hoped would plug holes in the current theory. Theorists admit they may have … Continue reading

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Failure of principle in New Scientist welcome to Smolin’s Phase Space

New Scientist writer, Amanda Gefter is in deep trouble, endorsing a ‘theory’  in which observers can’t agree on measurements made in space-time. It breaches the fundamental principle of a universe independent of observers. Secondly it breaches causality – space and … Continue reading

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Context for Parametric conversion in semi-classical optics

Expansion and references to the 2009 ABB conference abstract While quantum theory is an incomplete description of reality (Einstein), its validity as a description of light/photons in non-linear crystals is questionable.  In the parametric down-conversion (PDC) phenomenon, a single-frequency laser beam … Continue reading

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Parametric conversion in semi-classical optics

Poster-paper at the Aharonov Bohm and Berry Phase Anniversary (ABB 50/25) Conference at Bristol, 14-15 December 2009: Trevor W Marshall & Max K Wallis (Cardiff University) The rainbow of down-converted radiation emerging from a laser-pumped nonlinear crystal has a natural … Continue reading

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Can we celebrate Defeat for the Photon by Maxwell-Planck theory?

Success for SPUC and Maxwell-Planck theory is reported in Wikipedia as “experimental prediction of SED dubbed ‘spontaneous parametric up-conversion’ (SPUC) was tested in 2009 and 2010 with positive results.”   [consulted 1 Aug.2011] The formulations of both the Chinese (2009) and Indian (2010) … Continue reading

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Counter-examples to the photon model – striking at fundamentals of the beleaguered string theory

Scientists interested in micromanipulation predict that certain micron-sized particles experience a backward force from a forward propagating light beam.  Such a prediction is inexplicable on the photon model of light.  The Chinese group’s paper uses the Lorentz-Mie expansion of the electromagnetic … Continue reading

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