January 17, 2009

The Holographic Principle, Redux

There is some excellent work being done over at the British-German GEO600 experiment: New Scientist reports that the giant detector has identified some curious noise as "microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," which would support the framework of the holographic principle theory put forth by Gerard d'Hooft and Leonard Susskind (see my earlier post on how this idea is explored in Susskind's The Black Hole War). Craig Hogan, director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics, says, "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram." This would be a physical manifestation of concepts heretofore demonstrated only within the comforting boundaries of theoretical math--the mind boggles!

If the noise detected does represent quantum jitters, this has profound implications for the future of the unified theory: suddenly, analysis of information at Planck length might be feasible via its much-larger "projection," which "brings microscopic quantum structure within reach of current experiments." This is nothing short of AWESOME. Stay tuned.

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