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Sarfatti wrote to Bekkum
 
Thanks - important - may explain Podkletnov's claim. Key is P.W. Anderson's "More is different" macro-quantum coherent ODLRO Goldstone phase rigidity from spontaneous symmetry breaking in the ground state phase transition.

On Mar 24, 2010, at 11:27 AM, Gary S. Bekkum wrote:

 

Quantum incompressibility of a falling Rydberg atom, and a gravitationally-induced charge separation effect in superconducting systems

Freely falling point-like objects converge towards the center of the Earth. Hence the gravitational field of the Earth is inhomogeneous, and possesses a tidal component. The free fall of an extended quantum object such as a hydrogen atom prepared in a high principal-quantum-number stretch state, i.e., a circular Rydberg atom, is predicted to fall more slowly that a classical point-like object, when both objects are dropped from the same height from above the Earth. This indicates that, apart from "quantum jumps," the atom exhibits a kind of "quantum incompressibility" during free fall in inhomogeneous, tidal gravitational fields like those of the Earth. A superconducting ring-like system with a persistent current circulating around it behaves like the circular Rydberg atom during free fall. Like the electronic wavefunction of the freely falling atom, the Cooper-pair wavefunction is "quantum incompressible." The ions of the ionic lattice of the superconductor, however, are not "quantum incompressible," since they do not possess a globally coherent quantum phase. The resulting difference during free fall in the response of the nonlocalizable Cooper pairs of electrons and the localizable ions to inhomogeneous gravitational fields is predicted to lead to a charge separation effect, which in turn leads to a large repulsive Coulomb force that opposes the convergence caused by the tidal, attractive gravitational force on the superconducting system. A "Cavendish-like" experiment is proposed for observing the charge separation effect induced by inhomogeneous gravitational fields in a superconducting circuit. This experiment would demonstrate the existence of a novel coupling between gravity and electricity via macroscopically coherent quantum matter.
 http://arxiv.org/pdf/1003.1149v2
 
On Mar 24, 2010, at 12:27 PM, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. wrote:

Jack,
 
It will be awhile before I can read this Paper in detail, but the Abstract suggests perhaps the same kind of phenomenon that Torr and Peng predicted in 1988 in their Gravitation Research Foundation Prize-winning Paper. There they displayed a differential response of SC Cooper pairs and ions to impingement by a Gravitational Wave, which if I recall correctly, was tantamount to a charge separation, among other things. They, of course, were not considering Rydberg Atom or this specific Rydberg Cavendish experiment. I gave Chiao the reference to the Peng-Torr Paper many years ago, but like the others I gave him, he never references it (well, he did include the DeWitt Paper this time <g>).
 
Chiao correctly points out that SC ions are not in coherent state. The later Li-Torr Theory of Gravitational Effects in SC from the early 90s, which built on the Peng-Torr work, did assume that there is some kind of quantized orbital coherent effect of the ion  in a SC, not just the Cooper pairs. I disagreed with this facet of the Li-Torr Theory. But it seems very few physicists recognize that much of the amplified Gravitoelectric and Gravitomagnetic effects predicted by Li and Torr came from this aspect, and instead attributed them to conventional spin summing of the ions, which is not correct.
 
Take care,
 
Robert E. Becker
 

 

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