SLAC Energy into Matter
Name: Julian S.
In 1998 researchers at Stanford University's Linear
Accelerator Center successfully converted energy into matter. This feat
was accomplished by using lasers and incredibly strong electromagnetic
fields to change ordinary light into matter. The results of this
experiment may allow for the development of variety of technological
gadgets. One such development could be matter/energy transporters or food
replicators that are commonly seen in some of our favorite science
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I'm an aspiring science fiction writer and what I want to do in my story
is achieve teleportation by actually teleporting the people themselves,
not their properties like in quantum teleportation. So, I began thinking
about how I was going to do that. I thought about creating a teleporter
that works by converting matter into energy and reconverting the energy
back into matter and being able to pass through walls and ceilings, sort
of like radio signals.
1) Is matter and energy conversion a good candidate for true teleportation?
2) Does conversion of matter into energy and vice-versa in this case imply
the destruction of the person undergoing the process, only to be replaced
by a replica who was literally born into existence once the energy was
reconverted back into matter?
I suppose that speculating on currently-unimaginable and likely-never-achievable technology
is way far ahead of "science".
But I have a small mental outline about ideas of teleportation:
A) Do you have "magic" which removes an object from one place an puts it another?
B) Do you have a warped-space shortcut from here to there?
- can bio-organisms survive this warped path?
- what magnitude of energies are involved in making/having the space-warp?
C) Does it use disassembly-reassembly?
- all aspects of all particles in a being, comprise an unreasonably huge amount of
What is the size of this information-set? Is it theoretically provably
impossible to transmit it?
How can you begin to handle the enormous amount of information implied by
How will you transmit said large quantity to far end without significant
How can disassembly/reassembly be fast/accurate enough? fast is usually
Maybe it should be slow?
Is reassembly exactly accurate, or some shorthand approximation (likely)?
Is it possible to store a copy?
- does disassembly destroy the original? (...)
- do you use matter-energy conversions?
how do you contain, control those billion-electron-volt particles and
(No way imaginable yet. Probability/entropy rules, even in your news
how do you further improve control by about 10 orders of magnitude so stray
messing-up/killing your biological subject?
how do you imagine providing/absorbing the multi-gigagton energies equivalent
to 100kg of mass?
The StarGate on the TV show supposedly uses both B and C, if you watch closely and think.
Not sure if that makes it more plausible or merely muddy-headed.
Recently I read a sci-fi short story about a planet covered by network of bio-computer
wherein people lived only as personality simulations running in the global computer.
Since everybody was already pared down to the minimum content necessary to simulate senses,
thoughts, feelings, and memories,
(somewhat distasteful, and philosophically risking the deeper "self"),
then it was quite plausible to transmit a reasonable-sized data-packet by laser burst to
another planet, without significant problems.
Let us all become computer-simulations so we can do teleportation! (uh, sure...)
Regret that I have forgotten the author and title.
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Update: June 2012