Mirrors: Bet You Didn’t Know…Time Travel is Possible?!
Welcome back to our blog, mirror fans! If you’ve ever watched a classic science-fiction movie that incorporates time travel, it might interest you to know that if you got your hands on a couple of mirrors, you could become a universe-class time traveler! Think we’re crazy? Well, maybe. But not about this! Today we at Superior Mirror are going to take you on a little scientific journey into the past with the very thing that you gaze upon to brush your teeth. Trust us, it’ll be fun!
A bit about wormholes
Alright so before we get ahead of ourselves…or maybe behind ourselves…hmm…well anyway before we reach the point of discussing how mirrors are connected to traveling through time, let’s talk about the best scientific medium we know of to do so: wormholes. Oh seriously now, wormholes may be the convenient sci-fi method for fixing just about any problem, but in fact the quantum forces at work within a wormhole do have the theoretical power to shift objects through time. The problem is that the forces and energy within them are so chaotic, if you were to attempt to send an object through a wormhole the resulting transfer would warp and twist the original mass of the object beyond any sort of logical recognition. So much for “traveling” through time, right?
The Casimir Effect
Wrong! Thanks to the power of mirrors, time travel as we commonly imagine it is theoretically possible, and here’s how: the Casimir effect. Otherwise known as the physical force that is created between two uncharged conducting plates, the Casimir effect is able to create the quantum conditions required for a stable wormhole by producing a mass-negative region of space-time between the mirrors when in a vacuum, stabilizing the unwieldy forces within a wormhole and preventing it from collapsing. In fact the Casimir effect is so radical that it violates many of the normally-accepted aspects of thermodynamics and quantum physics! To be fair scientists believe that this could be achieved with essentially any type of conductive plate, not just mirrors, but using mirrors specifically to create the Casimir effect shows the most promise.
Time travel, or just travel in general with these wormholes does have a slight downside: they’d only be about 10 nanometers in diameter. To put that in perspective, visible light ranges from about 400 to 700 nanometers, so a mirror-formed wormhole would be at least 40 times smaller than anything we could see with our eyes. That means no H.G. Wells version of a time machine will work any time soon. Still, mirrors can effect time travel. Who knew?