Theoretical Physics research seminar: Quantised inertia - from galaxy rotation to practical propulsion
- Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020, 15:00 – 16:00
- Location: EC Stoner SR (7.73)
- Type: Seminars, Physics and Astronomy, Theoretical physics
- Cost: Free
Dr Mike McCulloch (School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth) will present a seminar on his research in theoretical physics
A theory has been proposed (refs 1 & 2) that explains inertia as an interaction between the quantum vacuum and relativistic horizons. It is called quantised inertia and it predicts a slight deviation from standard inertia that enables it to predict galaxy rotation without the need for dark matter (ref 3). Quantised inertia also predicts that propellant-less thrust can be produced by confining radiation in an asymmetric cavity (ref 4) with astronautical applications.
DARPA has recently provided $1.3M to support further theoretical work on the theory in Plymouth, and to test it in the lab. The experiments are being done by teams in Germany and Spain. In this talk, I will introduce quantised inertia, present the astrophysical evidence for it, and present the preliminary experimental findings which are encouraging but inconclusive.
- McCulloch, M.E., 2007. Modelling the Pioneer anomaly as modified inertia. Mon. Not. Roy. Astro. Soc., 376, 338-342. http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0612599/
- McCulloch, M.E., 2013. Inertia from an asymmetric Casimir effect. EPL, 101, 59001. Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1302.2775
- McCulloch, M.E., 2017. Galaxy rotations from quantised inertia and visible matter only. Astrophys. & Space Sci., 362,149 (open access)
- McCulloch, M.E., 2017. Testing quantised inertia on emdrives with dielectrics. EPL, 118, 34003 (open access).