Scientists create matter from nothing in groundbreaking experiment


You can't create something out of nothing, as most of us are aware. However, the physics of our cosmos aren't really so simple. In truth, scientists have worked for decades to create matter out of nothing. And now, they've been able to demonstrate the validity of a theory that was initially put forth 70 years ago, showing that we really can make matter out of nothing.


The universe is governed by several conservation laws. Energy, charge, movement, and other things are all under the authority of these regulations. In order to fully understand these principles, scientists have spent decades attempting to create matter—a task that is much harder than it appears. We've already made some things invisible, but creating something from nothing is a very different challenge.


There are many theories on how to create anything out of nothing, especially as quantum physicists try to understand the Big Bang and what caused it. We are aware that occasionally, when two particles collide in empty space, additional particles may be created. There are also theories that suggest matter and antimatter could be created out of nothing by an electromagnetic field with sufficient strength.



But doing any of these has always seemed out of reach. Scientists have nevertheless continued to attempt, and it seems that their efforts have been successful. According to Big Think, in early 2022, a team of scientists created electric fields in their lab that were potent enough to balance the special properties of graphene.


The researchers used these fields to enable the spontaneous production of particle-antiparticle pairs from nothing. This demonstrated the feasibility of making matter from nothing, a hypothesis first presented by Julian Schwinger, one of the pioneers of quantum field theory. With such knowledge, we may potentially gain a greater understanding of how the cosmos creates things out of nothing.


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