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bottom up design

A mass of tabletop experiments to find how to make a single atom unstable.
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In my mind, atoms are so small that any nuclear experiment is a group situation. This means that any environment variables are working on a collective and the effects on each individual member is unknown. Effectively the experiment is a black kettle.

What if an atom can be trapped and manipulated alone by all the environmental variable changes possible. With a large array of testing, a set of precision changes, a beautiful song of energy that will loosen up an atom's stability without the need for blind blunt energy raising cooking.

Of course the complexity of the universe is such that knowing an individual atom's instability doesn't mean that that a groups instability will be known but of course having the individuals notes helps to write the group music.

It would be the dawning of a new age if one atom could be unwrapped and the energy harnessed.

wjt, Jun 03 2017

Moving atoms https://www.google....ome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
Manipulation of individual atoms [csea, Jun 03 2017]

Quantum Zeno Effect https://en.wikipedi...Quantum_Zeno_effect
[theircompetitor, Jun 13 2017]


notexactly, Jun 03 2017

       // I my mind //   

       Cogito, ergo sum ?
8th of 7, Jun 03 2017

       Cogito, ergo sumthin'
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 03 2017

jutta, Jun 03 2017

       <thinking>How do I state this? </thinking> From a layman's perspective all nuclear chemical reactions look like cooking experiments but at extremely high temperatures and specialised energies. Cooking, not engineering.   

       If we have such a beautiful mathematical plan of an atom, shouldn't we be able to work out the perfect energy actions to undo the atom in an engineering type way?   

       Rather than randomly hammering and heating the nut stuck in the wall, throw spinning spanners at it.
wjt, Jun 04 2017

       I still don't know if it's sensible, but at least I understand it now.
notexactly, Jun 04 2017

       Makes sense, except for the "how" part. And instead of using uranium or plutonium could you utilize an atom of something commonly available?
whatrock, Jun 04 2017

       With photolithography and 3D printing we should be able to produce some very complex electron and magnetic shaddowing masks.   

       Trying to make magnetism and charge patterns unseen by nature would definitely be a start to making an atom unstable.   

       [csea] From the electrons perspective, atoms look pretty round but electrons don't really like electrons.
wjt, Jun 05 2017

       So, WIBNI we knew more about atoms, because then, somehow, the strong and/or weak nuclear forces would go "ping". Orchestration to follow.
pertinax, Jun 05 2017

       //bottom up design// isn't that how they make politicians?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 05 2017

       Either wjt hasn't read much about the standard model and all of the great things we can do with lasers lately, or I'm misunderstanding this.
RayfordSteele, Jun 07 2017

       The imagined volume that a laser produces must look interesting when exhibited at Max's Gold exhibit.
wjt, Jun 10 2017

       It's that too.
wjt, Jun 11 2017

       Incidentally, [wjt], you may (or may not) be interested to know that, if you can observe the nucleus of certain radioactive atoms with sufficient precision, you can prevent them from decaying, because their decay involves a quantum tunnelling event which is prevented by observation.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 13 2017

       Yes, but it only works if if it's a Paddington Special Hard Stare ...
8th of 7, Jun 13 2017

       [Max] That just says to me that 'observation' is an energy, a touch and we just changed the dynamics of those unstable isotopes.( rephrasing [8th] )
wjt, Jun 17 2017

       Well, yes, but no. "Energy" has a fairly specific meaning, and "observation" can't be "an energy". It's all got something to do with that spooky quantummy business.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 17 2017

       // From the electrons perspective, atoms look pretty round //   

       Is it too late to point out that an atom can't "look" like anything to an electron ?   

       An atom consists at a minimum of a proton and an electron in interaction. Any observation of the system will modify its state such that the data obtained by observation is immediately "aged", i.e. no longer current (valid).   

       Protons and electrons have no "perception" of each other; perception is a non-quantum, human concept.   

       You'll be advocating action at a distance next ...
8th of 7, Jun 17 2017

       <sadly shaking head> [8th of 7] You should know me by now. 'Looks' in a very very loose usage. Either the electron is part of the fabric such as you elbow in your arm and sees the forces moving through it or it is individualised such as your elbow seeing the door frame as you you go through.
wjt, Jun 17 2017


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