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Most recent answer: 03/02/2012
Q:
http://www.blacklightpower.com/
The company claims to have figured out a new way to write quantum mechanics and did all kinds of experiments to prove it and even built a generator using their principles. It isn't a free energy machine, as they explain where the energy comes from, but my friend who had physics studies tells me it is pure baloney. However physics labs at Rowan University claim to have reproduced their results. If it wasn't for the University labs agreeing, as a non-scientist this stuff does seem to set off my crackpot radar. Now I'm not so sure. What do you think, is this baloney? Do you have any colleagues at Rowan University?
- mark (age 57)
Akron, OH
A:
I have to call it baloney. Your radar is working.

The authors have some very generic evidence of something unexplained in a spectrum, the sort of thing that shows up all the time in messy experimental systems. They then claim that there is a state of hydrogen at energy lower than what we always thought was the ground state. There are enormous problems with that claim.  Remember that thermal physics predicts that low-energy states are more likely to be occupied in equilibrium than higher-energy states. Why, if H can reach this lower energy state via rather ordinary processes (required for their power-generation schemes) has it failed to do so in the 13.7 billion years it has been around?

The chance that any of this is real is negligible.

As for Rowan University, it does exist. It's not known for physics research. I wouldn't blame them for the claims from this company without some definite evidence that they endorsed those claims.


Mike W.

(published on 03/02/2012)

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