(ORDO NEWS) — A physicist at the University of Portsmouth has developed an experiment that, if it turns out to be correct, means he will discover that information is the fifth form of matter.
An experiment that could confirm the fifth state of matter in the universe – and change physics as we know it – has been published in a new paper from the University of Portsmouth.
Physicist Dr. Melvin Wopson has already published a study suggesting that information has mass and that all elementary particles, the smallest known building blocks of the universe, store information about themselves, much like humans have DNA.
Now he has developed an experiment which, if he proves correct, means that he will discover that information is the fifth form of matter, along with solid, liquid, gas and plasma.
Dr. Wopson said: “It would be a eureka moment because it would change physics as we know it and expand our understanding of the universe. But it doesn’t contradict any of the existing laws of physics.
“It doesn’t contradict quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics or classical mechanics. All she does is add something new and incredibly exciting to physics.”
Dr. Wopson’s previous research suggests that information is the fundamental building block of the universe and has physical mass.
He even claims that information could be the elusive dark matter that makes up nearly a third of the universe.
He said: “If we assume that information is physical and has mass, and that elementary particles have DNA with information about themselves, then how can we prove this?
My latest work is about testing these theories so that the scientific community can take them seriously.” .
Dr. Vopson’s experiment offers a way to detect and measure information in an elementary particle using the collision of particles and antiparticles.
He said: “The information in an electron is 22 million times smaller than its mass, but we can measure the content of information by erasing it.
“We know that when a particle of matter collides with an antimatter particle, they annihilate each other. And the information from the particle must go somewhere when it annihilates.”
In the process of annihilation, all the remaining mass of the particles is converted into energy, usually gamma photons. Any particles containing information are converted into low-energy infrared photons.
In the study, Dr. Vopson predicts the exact energy of infrared photons resulting from information erasure. Dr. Vopson believes his work could demonstrate that information is a key component of everything in the universe, and a new area of research in physics could emerge.
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