18: Visualizing Quantum Mechanics

Visualizing Quantum Mechanics

The Cymatics of
Sound and Vibration

Redshift, Blueshift


The paradoxical interpretation of light behaving as both wave and particle precedes back to antiquity, a conundrum once observed in separate entity has taken a paradigmatic shift. Quantum mechanics interpretation of photons behaving in a wave-particle duality has never had a visual experiment that captured the simultaneity, until recently scientist have succeeded in capturing the dualistic nature of lightwaves propagation, a visual demonstration that illustrates the simultaneity.

A laser light pulse is fired at a tiny metallic nanowire, the charged particles in the nanowire vibrates from the energy emitted from the pulse of the laser light. The waves propagate along the nanowire in two possible directions, opposite of each other; metaphorically equatable to pedestrians walking down a sidewalk opposite each other. As they propagate the collision between the waves creates an equilibrium, a state of two opposing forces or influences are balanced forming a new wave, one that looks “stand-alone.” Ironically, in this case it’s a synergy between the same forces..

A stream of electrons were then fired close to the nanowire using them to image the standing wave of light, as the electrons travelled interacting with the constricted light on the nanowire, they collided with the photon affecting their speed, causing oscillation at different speed. The fluctuations were photographed using an ultrafast microscope to capture the change in speed; two key areas were simultaneously demonstrated, the particle interaction aspect, and the visualization of the standing wave, showing the blueprint to the paradoxical nature of lights duality.

The irony of such a notion indeed; light travels 186,000 miles a second, while sound snails along behind at 700 miles an hour, you’d assert the visualization of light on a quantum level would supersede the visualization of sound. However, Cymatics is the science of visible sound, it derives from a principle when sound collides or interacts with a membrane or diaphragm, it outlines a visible pattern of energy. Periodic vibrations of energy are converted by the membrane into geometric patterns once contact is made with any pliable sheet or structure of any kind.

The CymaScope was developed by John Stuart Reid, an Acoustic Engineer, Scientist, Inventor and world leader in Cymatics research; the instrument is designed to reveal the visual resonant of sound. CymaScope and its practical implications has been diversified into a myriad of disciplines; Zoology, Oceanography, Musicology, and Phonology, a subset of Linguistics. The CymaScope is also used to measure sound patterns in literary devices such as sarcasm, verbal irony and condescending rhetoric—and sound patterns when Dolphins echolocate on membranes or diaphragms, by recording and translating the vibrations into lexicons..

Although light and sound share propagating properties such as amplitude, frequency, velocity, crest, trough and vibrations per cycle, they’re mutually exclusive in “how” they propagate; light is streams of massless photons, while sound is the collision of air molecules, ones disadvantage is the others advantage. Sound dissipates in a vacuum and propagates faster in denser atmosphere, while light propagates faster in a vacuum and slows down in compact atmosphere.

The electromagnetic spectrum of light and the oscillating air molecules of sound are two phenomenons in nature; however, the physical properties of a wavelength, frequency, velocity and amplitude share the Doppler effect, where the motion of a wave affects its frequency. The redshift and blueshift phenomenon in the electromagnetic spectrum expresses the shift in light-frequency, and in sound, the change in sound-frequency of an object in motion accelerates or recedes from a source relative to an observer.

Vibrating Molecules and Elliptical Bubbles
Musical Octaves and Wave-Particle Duality
Smells Velocity Induces Memory Faculty
The Paradox of Light and Sound Induces Synesthesia


The Wave-Medium Dichotomy Between Light and Sound
The Contrasting Distinctions Between Metaphor and Analogy
Thermodynamics and The Industrial Revolution
Analogically Correlating The Third Law of Motion Equilibrium
American History Pervasive With Irony 13th, 14th, 15th Amendment
The Fallibility of Improper Metaphor Congress and Atoms
Sarcasm Phonology, Ambiguity, Semiotics, Semantics etc..
Dramatic, Situational, Verbal, Tragic, Socratic Irony
Apophenia, Pareidolia, Psychosis, Schizophrenia
Synchronicity, Serendipity, Irony, Coincidences
Lexical, Syntactical and Structural Ambiguity
Incongruous Juxtaposition Resolution

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