GPBARC NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

G.P. BIRLA OBSERVATORY AND ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH CENTRE

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RESEARCH NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2018

In a recent paper to appear in Proceedings of the Frontiers of Fundamental Physics, Orihuela, Spain and under publication by Springer, Sidharth and Das have shown that it may be possible to modify the decay rates of radioactive substances. This could work both ways in the sense that with suitable technology we could either increase or decrease these decay rates. Increasing would lead to less potency of the radioactive substance, while decreasing on the contrary will lead to a greater potency of the substance. This could have some important implications for India which has one of the largest Thorium 232 deposits in the world. The problem with this Thorium is that it has a large decay rate which means that it would not be useful as it stands for reactors producing electricity. If we could however place the substance in a chamber which has an abnormally large electromagnetic field within then it would be more useful. One way of ensuring this is to notice from Maxwell’s equations that a steep or sudden increase in time of the electric field leads to a surge in the magnetic field in a restricted region, and vice versa.  Another approach could be to observe that Sidharth and Saito independently and by different arguments concluded that powerful magnetic fields would be produced if the space was non commutative. This would happen for instance in two dimensional crystals like Graphene or Stanene. This too could help in making Thorium more useful.

B.G. SIDHARTH

DIRECTOR

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