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  1. An excellent lecture on perovskite materials is on youtube "The Woderous World of Perovskites - with Mike Glazer". From 2017, covering it's history and up to the current research.
  2. the pyro electric effect of perovskite material is used to sense temperature change, and does emit a charge when stimulated, but seems very unlikely that the change in heat was sufficient to make any significant charge sufficient for arcing, and the heat was almost entirely applied to the tab itself, taking care not to heat the piezo and especially the poly washer any more than necessary, which melts easily being made from common polyethelene. I did make a few attempts to stimulate charge through heating and resoldering some of the tabs, but found no charge, and noticed one of the poly washers was getting slightly melted with the repeated heating. I planned on only having to heat them once, and did not expect to be sidetracked with this issue, so will return to it next month when I will build another stack specifically to test for excessive pyro electric charge, and proceed with getting the planned tests in order.
  3. I failed to mention the method of my soldering, which is "ball soldering" and I leave the pencil on about a half second longer than needed and add the little extra solder, then flick the pencil away while the tip scrapes off the connection. In this way a roundish blob is pulled off the connection and then has enough heat to snap back from surface tension, leaving a smooth shiny round surface. Could the act of the quick and sliding removal trigger charge? Or the rapid drop in temperature, or a change in shape of the drop as it congeals and forms a minimum surface? Both sparks occurred exactly as I pulled off the pencil tip. Since this oddity took place twice in quick succession, it seems worthy of checking out further, as the sparks seemed substantial enough to have knocked me out of my chair, but mostly from the unexpectedness of the situation. I will go ahead and hook up a fet voltmeter to the suspected tabs and see if I can replicate the sparking by resoldering the tabs once more.
  4. the piezos are 5.5mm thick, with a 1mm poly washer and a .016 sheet copper between them, so the arcs were a little over 1/4 long, occurring between the tabs, which are bump outs on the circular copper sheets in order to solder on the drive wires. I have not been able to reproduce the phenomena so far with any cautious physical stimuli such as tapping individual piezos or bumping the central rod. I do live in a desert area, so low humidity could have been a contributing factor by allowing charge to accumulate.
  5. I was hooking up the original stack with my new one, wiring in parallel between them and positioning them one up, one down, each located at opposite ends of a 25" balance beam. While soldering them together to hook up to a common feed from the driver chassis I realized I had made a simple wiring error, and as I was unsoldering a drive wire from piezo #1 (which was an error, as piezo #1 and #7 are turnarounds and used as signal source for the scope, and doubling as "turnarounds" for both). I then hooked the wire onto the piezo #2tab (the first drive piezo), and as I was withdrawing my pencil from the tab, an arc occurred, accompanied with a rather loud snap. This was very surprising as the arm was on the bench, unhooked from the electronics, and away from anything I can imagine could have caused such a high induced voltage. The 15 watt soldering pencil was the only energized thing near. I did not bump, jar or hit accidently the stacks. I went ahead and continued to hook up the parallel harness, as I was only half done at that point, and when I moved the tip away from the piezo#3 tab, another arc occurred, and this time I happened to notice the arc was between the inputs of piezos #2 and #3. Upon completion of the task, the stack was installed and energized, as I wanted to see how the would interact powered in parrallel. The thrust signatures on the scope and appeared unchanged with the new arrangement, but no movement of the pan balance of course and as expected. I would not have written this but for the two arcs that occurred. I did see arcing on the piezos surfaces as I was modifying the tab hookups with nickle paint. As the paint dried with a blowdryer, tiny fuzzy multiple arcs did occur, but no sounds, that being about a year ago. I have the 5 drive tubes mounted and wired, and attendant supply done to drive the tube grids with a -90 volt bias source, a +340 supply for the screens, and of course a 6.3volt ac for the filaments. I have finished a separate 5KV, 60ma supply for the plate drives. The supply can be easily changed over to 10KV if needed later on. In either case, a variac will allow a gradual smooth increase in voltages. I have the 1/4" polycarbonate sheeting, and will begin fabbing up the low pressure helium containment (noise abatement) for the new stack today and should have other detalis worked out soon for a proper test by the weekend.
  6. It does seem that with the circular stack idea, by simply removing one element and leaving a small gap in the circle , that would offer the same basic system as with the linear stack idea, with a starting and ending element. This arrangement would offer a more practical way of getting rotary motion without any added complications of a revised NFB circuit that I tried early on with the linear stack, which did seem to offer some thrust signatures, but not as much as with the timing delay format.
  7. Since a problem of shock waves travelling back in the stack and mostly neutralizing any potential forward thrust is a main consideration, what if the stack was circular...?..then, a thrust bearing shock wave might impart a rotational force to the wheel assembly. Perhaps some 3D printed wedges to go between them could offer a reasonable transfer of energy between them, and to provide the overall circular shape. The bigger problem is to induce the shock wave to have a preferred direction of travel, so a sub system would have to be developed that "neutralizes on the fly" using the several piezos just aft of the element under stimulation. I am using timing intervals to attempt the neutralization of this return shock wave in the linear stacks and see some evidence of that happening. Most everything has been assembled to the next set of tests, and the tubes are on order. Hopefully in two weeks things will be underway.
  8. if the particles have no energy levels, then what is the casimir test measuring?
  9. the recent G-2 experiment results that show an anomaly in the levels predicted by the standard model, might indicate a variation in the natural energy levels of virtual particle pairs interacting with the muon at the times of testing, instead of being measurement errors or the standard model being incorrect. If so, this would tend to agree with the concept of the particle pairs having natural variations in the overall energy levels, in support of the dark matter/weak space idea. In a followup on a general dark matter question, would dark matter tend to collect at earth's lagrangian points? Thanks
  10. I have read lately that superconducting material may not only exclude magnetic fields, but perhaps also gravitational waves. Could the piezos I am using show any altered effects at liquid nitrogen temps? I doubt the piezos would be superconductive even at ultra cold temps if tested. Liquid nitro is cheap and readily available so I will try it when the next arrangement is functional and waveform patterns have been established just for fun. Hopefully they won't shatter when run cold. With the new setup I should be able to pump 20 watts into each individual element. Up to now, only about a few watts have been used per piezo. The parts for the high voltage series are being assembled, and I hope to have things underway by June.
  11. Could the intermittent results be due to the off timing of the tests? A predominance of more kinetic energy on one end of the device vs. the other may change rapidly, averaging to zero, and when the experiment is shut down at the right moment, the energy differential is near it's highest, giving it a "cherry picked" but real result over the many test cycles. This would mean it needs a precise and rapidly timed on/off sequence, giving pulses of thrust instead of a steady force.
  12. Since gravitational lensing occurs with large things such as galaxies, could black holes serve the same function? If, near the event horizon with it's high gravitational gradient, would a sharp focus of light rays occur at certain distances from the event horizon? Too far away and the gradient decreases. Too close to the black hole and the information is lost, so a precise distance vs. gravitational gradient point might give a clear image to a distant observer from something far away from it. Any observation would almost certainly be positioned at an angle to the normal lensed image shallow angle caused by a galaxy or other large object. This angle could be quite high, and only be seen momentarily as the perspectives shifts between the imaged object, the black hole focus point, and the observer, and might explain some anomalies such as gamma ray bursters. It seems a spinning black hole with it's frame dragging would make a sweep of any deflected rays, as in the gamma ray burster idea, and a stationary hole might provide a longer view of lensed rays. Of course this would have to be a free floating black hole for the idea to work.
  13. is not every phenomena in the universe subject to entropy...is this not a valid scientific principle?
  14. yes, they essentially become real particles, at least as stable as any free particle subject to decay. I see the "waste" energy of the annialation phase of virtual particles as dark energy, as the physical process has inherent inefficiencies.
  15. the longer virtual particles survive, the lower their energy? does this mean that the energy is lowered to zero as it is all converted to matter as in the case of Hawking radiation? Also, if the energy of long term survivors is less, so will the resultant minimum energy waste upon recombination, as in the source of dark energy idea, making it "weak space".
  16. correct, but closely related via the pair mechanism behaviors in various settings.
  17. to say the effects of the casimir test are electromagnetic in nature is not to say that they have nothing to do with gravitation. It seems to me that the "stretching of space" is accomplished within the virtual particle creation/annialation mechanism, and the duration of their brief existences has directly to do as to the "stretching" of the orbits of the pairs. The longer the pairs are kept separate mean more of an effect to the environment. The ultimate example of this is Hawking radiation, where particles are prevented from making the final step of the annialation process, therefore caused to persist as real particles.
  18. weak space is what I propose instead of the term dark matter, as that is described to be composed of invisible particles that only exhibit gravitational effects on mass. I say that the inherent inefficiency of all physical process applies also to virtual particles as they are indeed "real" albeit for a brief instant of time . During the time that they are extant in the universe, they must obey it's laws, therefore is held to the inefficiency of physical process. Conservation of energy means that waste energy must show up, so why not as the dark energy. Weak space means simply that the particular point of space has a less energetic composite pair, implying a shorter duration of existence as compared to "normal" space, therefore produces less waste energy to show up as dark energy. This creates a pressure gradient between the normal space and the weak space regions, over time causing a sequestering of less dynamic points of space, that produce these altered pairs as it's normal, repeating process. After a period of time, the pressure gradients would concentrate the weak space into areas embedded within normal space. Simple pressure gradient holds the weak space roughly intact.
  19. even though they are "virtual", they show up long enough to have a "real", albeit fleeting presence in the universe, or else the casimir experiment would not work. Doesn't any physical process have an inherent inefficiency? Why not these particle interactions?
  20. as to your statement: "(dark) energy doesn't have energy levels. Composite systems with attractive interactions do." Virtual particles are composite systems, with each particle/antiparticle pair under first repulsive, then attractive interactions of a certain total duration. Why not consider that the interaction periods are not identical between some pairs, then the force expression of pairs in the creation/annialation process would vary, allowing it's measured effect on the test to vary. I propose that the "waste product" of this process is what is termed dark energy and that force is proportional to the length of time of the interactions, due to inherent inefficiencies of this , or any physical process.
  21. Why can't dark energy have some variations, and if it does, how would one know? As I understand, the casimir test measures a reduction of forces as the region is restricted by the close plates. The test outputs would drop as the less propulsive space would enter the plates from one side. The drop would be temporary, and only offer a difference signal until the weak space region envelops the entire structure, thus offering no differences of pressures with which to gain a signal from. So, it would be a weak transit signal, showing only that a small blip in the readings occurred. This blip would appear again as the cloud of weak space leaves the apparatus, when the plates would again read a small momentary differential of pressure between the insides and one exterior surface of one plate. The signal would be very low and momentary, and and would be best done in space, perhaps near the sun or jupiter, as their high gravity would have the most "dark matter" within their local regions. Perhaps a series of plates instead of only 2, in a long progression, and as the cloud moves through the test area, as indicated with the timing and duration of the blips between numerous plates, showing not only direction of transit, but velocity. Any output would be likely to be very weak and subject to noise and the cold of space might offer a general reduction in thermal noise. I wouldn't expect that any results would be available on an earth bound lab.
  22. if dark energy has more than one energy level, it would have a tendency to congregate the lower energy points of space to areas embedded within the overall field of predominant higher energy. The higher positive forces of that field would congregate the lower energies, making those regions attractive to matter as it is carried along with the gradient of higher energy to lower. This could mimic the appearance of dark matter, and it not be a particle, but simply areas of "weak space". If this model has any validity, a possible test of what might be to do a long term casimir experiment, in that, if a region of "dark matter" goes through the test apparatus, the casimir force should necessarily show less force, and then when the region has shifted off, the results should return to the previous normal value. since there is no edit button anymore, I would like to add that the casimir experiment would have to be modified somehow, as if the region of weak space is on both sides of the plates, it is questionable if the readings would change from normal space being on both sides. Ideally, it would have to be arranged so that a proposed weak space region would have to be between the plates and normal space outside them in order to gain a direct picture of the two energy level differences. However, a momentary signal may be apparent with a normal test setup. As the region approaches, and the plates are impinged upon, the gradient between the two levels might perhaps offer a momentary shift in level, causing a situation that has more low energy space between the plates that on the outside as the region transits into, then out of, the test area. One plate would necessarily be affected first, allowing some info on the direction of the transit path.
  23. could this imply that the singularity is a solid point or region of collapsed pair or pairs, centered in a fluid of less compressed pairs? When you say "infinite density", does that mean infinite in a numerical sense, or simply the highest value allowed with physical laws present in this universe, and that this density could theoretically be measured at some point?
  24. If the BH interior is supposed to contain no material things, all converted to gravitation, could this action occur from a fluid like substance composed of virtual particle pairs so closely held together that they exhibit particle exchange, therefore becoming an analogue to a bose einsein fluid? It seems as though there should be a "something" inside the BH from which graviation to act from, and if not from material things, then perhaps virtual things.
  25. While the levels between drive and echo signals may be made more equal with the previous "edge contact" idea , it seems a more active arrangement will be necessary to achieve the desired equal values. The overall idea is to replicate the waveform present in the secondary stack that appears in the primary one, only much larger. If I have a signal direct from the primary stack going through a series of step down resistors, lowering the max voltage to the tube grids to some voltage driving the tubes appropriately, the echo signal will be too low to do much for a tube output in this direct path. The idea of also passing the signal through a parallel signal path with a buffer transistor that can be switched on during the echo phase, then shut off, or muted, during the drive phase seems attractive. The buffer will have to be a emitter follower circuit so that the phases of the direct and secondary paths will be in accordance when combined at the tube grids. The use of pin 10 to drive the delay circuit has worked well, and it could be used again to forward bias the buffer transistor in echo mode, which would be normally held in the off mode. When the delay circuit has completed, the scan begins at pin 1, and this could be sampled over to another transistor, which will act as a mute for the buffer, pulling it's bias to zero, killing the signal through it until the next scan is completed, and pin 10 is once more activated, turning the buffer back on. In effect, the pin 10 will turn on the buffer to allow signal pass in echo mode, then stay on until pin 1 activates the mute transistor, killing the signal once more through the buffer during scan mode. Since emitter follower circuit gain is necessarily less than unity, some stage of gain may be required post matrix of the direct and buffered signal paths, if the matrix doesn't provide enough voltage drive to the tubes, which would be easy to do. The delay is sometime changed, and regardless of duration of the delay, the activate/mute arrangement of the buffer will make the new arrangement agile in it's response to any changes made in these delays. Changing the delay time is one of the parameter changes that alters the waveforms to provide either positive or negative thrust signatures.
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