(ORDO NEWS) — Recently, three researchers from Columbia University published the results of an experiment showing that sound waves can carry gravitational mass. During the experiment, they found that sound waves can generate a “tiny gravitational field.”
“Calculations show that sound waves carry a tiny negative mass, which means that in the presence of a gravitational field, such as that of the Earth, their trajectory deviates upward.” Esposito and his colleagues found that sound waves also generate a small gravitational field,” the study says.
For years, physicists thought that sound waves could carry energy, but didn’t think waves could carry mass. However, the researchers found evidence that “the conventional wisdom was wrong,” notes Phys.org.
Quantum field theory and sound waves
Using quantum field theory, the team found that sound waves traveling through superfluid helium have little mass. Mathematically, they proved that this happens, although they did not directly measure the mass carried by the sound wave.
More specifically, they found that phonons interact with a gravitational field in a way that causes them to transfer mass as they move through the material. In this new work, the researchers report evidence to suggest that the same results hold for most materials. Phys.org.
The phonon describes the behavior of sound vibrations on a very small scale.
Following this news, the researchers suggested ways to conduct further real-world testing. One option could be to use devices that detect gravitational fields to study earthquakes. Because an earthquake sends sounds across the planet, the devices could detect “billions of pounds of mass” carried by the sound.
In 2020, scientists created an algorithm to detect signals from earthquakes that warp gravity, changing rock density for a short time. These changes in gravity send out signals at the speed of light, allowing earthquakes to be detected before damage begins.
For information on how earthquakes create waves inside the planet, see National Geographic:
Sound wave anomaly
A year prior to this study, the same team presented the theory that phonons have negative mass and therefore negative gravity.
Strangely, phonons seem to defy gravity, rising up instead of falling down.
“It turns out that under certain conditions, sound waves can start to rise rather than fall,” says string theory co-founder Michio Kaku. “And that’s an anomaly, but yes, it seems to be consistent with the laws of physics that certain vibrations, instead of falling down, can fall up.”
Sound for stones levitation
For ancient astronaut theorists, the study immediately led to the idea of how ancient people managed to move massive stones in ancient times. They may have used sound waves and vibrations to move the stones with relative ease.
Ancient stories say that sound was part of the equation, and people built monuments with the obvious goal of amplifying a certain frequency. For example, Newgrange in Ireland, the pyramids in Egypt or the underground hypogeum of Saflieni in Malta.
Maybe the sound waves helped Merlin build Stonehenge?
Such a bizarre story would have been familiar to Abu al-Hasan Ali al-Mas’udi, the Herodotus of the Arabs. Prior to 947 AD, al-Mas’udi recorded traditions about how the ancients built the pyramids.
First they placed magical papyrus under the edges of the stones. Then they hit the stones with a metal rod, and the stones began to float smoothly along the path of the same metal rods.
Note: Perhaps the papyrus was associated with magnetic fields and superconductivity? In the quantum levitation experiment below, a crystalline sapphire plate coated with an extremely thin ceramic layer is cooled. Thus, it becomes a superconductor and levitates above the magnetic field.
Today, in ancient images around the world, we often see god-like beings holding thin metal rods in dramatic poses.
For example, in Egypt we see the ever-present scepter of Vasa. On the other side of the globe, in South America, at the Gate of the Sun, Viracocha and many winged creatures hold wands over a huge 10-ton gate that seemingly leads to nowhere.
Moving small objects with sound
By studying cymatics, harmonic frequencies, and quantum field theory, we can get closer to understanding how the ancients moved giant megaliths. Of course, modern engineers would face difficulties if they tried to reproduce many ancient objects.
With the help of sound experiments, it is possible to move sand particles into precise geometric shapes. You can also levitate small objects such as ping pong balls.
In 2016, researchers discovered that they could levitate 2-inch polystyrene beads using high-frequency sound waves. To do this, they built a tripod from ultrasonic transducers.
“At the moment, we can only levitate an object in a fixed position in space,” Andrade told Phys.org. “In future work, we would like to develop new devices capable of levitating and manipulating large objects in the air.”
Secrets of sound waves
During the ping-pong experiment, Business Insider speculated that researchers might one day be able to “build Star Trek-style tractor beam devices.”
Perhaps someday soon we will discover (or rediscover) the technology of moving objects with significant weight.
Meanwhile, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News that the government had observed UFOs capable of breaking the sound barrier without sonic boom. Obviously, the usual ideas about sound waves are changing rapidly.
Perhaps we can uncover the secrets of sound waves during our lifetime?
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