Monday, June 13, 2011

Interesting New Science

In one of my earliest publications, I cited controversial works by Anderson and Spangler, and others, regarding anomalous variations in radioactive decay-rate "constants".  In the last few years, there have been many new findings published on this same phenomenon, showing correlated changes in nuclear decay processes with solar activity.  They are suggestive of changes in the background orgone energy ocean which triggers changes in both solar activity and nuclear decay rates.  Below are mentioned some other things, also newly published, suggesting associated gravitational aspects.  The cyclical variations also appear to have a correlation to the Reich cosmic superimposition and Piccardi chemical test variations, which are themselves related to spiral-form motion of the Earth through the cosmos.  The arguments are made by the classical scientists based upon Earth-Sun distances within the model of flat elliptical planetary orbits, but the perihelion-aphelion factors of Earth orbit (viewed two-dimensionally) does have an inseparable systematic correlation to the spiral-form motions as described by Reich and Piccardi.

Following below are download links and abstracts.

The last item below requires a subscription to get the original item, but I found these interesting PDF-Powerpoints by the various authors:  (4MB download)  (7MB download)

The first of these PDF-Powerpoint items has a reference page with additional active weblinks to download papers on the subject.

I should also mention, the orgone-charged neutron counter experiments underway here at OBRL, described occasionally in the various OBRL Newsletters, not only fully supports Reich, but also provides a line of argumentation for evidence on the mechanism of these decay-constant variations as noted in the different experiments.  The idea of the orgone accumulator trapping and increasing this same fundamental cosmic force which affects nuclear decay processes, is still quite a bit advanced beyond the classical thinking which notes the very real correlations, but attributes these quite substantial effects to contradictory neutrino effects, or to an ill-defined "quantum" something, to explain them.  The most obvious mechanism of these effects, of a determining ocean of energy similar to Reich's orgone, Piccardi's cosmic environmental factors, or Miller's ether-drift, is still something of a taboo.

Meanwhile, a new book edited by Hector Munera of the University of Bogota, Should the Laws of Gravitation Be Reconsidered carries additional papers on this subject, including anomalous pendulum experiments reminiscent of Reich (but which take entirely different approaches).  My paper on the Miller ether-drift experiments is also included.

All of these lines of classical science converge towards the same common point, that "empty space" has something of significant energy within it, which interacts with matter in a far more systematic manner than ill-defined neutrinos or quantum unrealities.  At some point, given the motional dynamics of the Earth-Sun system, there should be some consideration that these variations in radioactive decay, and of physical pendulum motions, like the variations of the "dark matter wind", are the product of variable speed of the Earth through the background of space, and the variable excitation or charge of this energy which develops as a consequence.  But a "cosmic background" composed of what, exactly?  That is where Reich's work, and the orgone energy, will become at issue for every rational natural scientist, assuming they have the opportunity to learn about Reich's prior experimental work, and don't kill it once more for another 100 years.

Thanks to Patrice Okouma for providing the weblinks below, and stimulating a discussion on the matter.

James DeMeo, PhD
Director of OBRL


Analysis of Experiments Exhibiting Time-Varying Nuclear Decay Rates: Systematic Effects or New Physics?

Authors: Jere H. Jenkins, Ephraim Fischbach, Peter A. Sturrock, Daniel W. Mundy

Abstract: Since the 1930s, and with very few exceptions, it has been assumed that the process of radioactive decay is a random process, unaffected by the environment in which the decaying nucleus resides. There have been instances within the past few decades, however, where changes in the chemical environment or physical environment brought about small changes in the decay rates. But even in light of these instances, decaying nuclei that were undisturbed or un-"pressured" were thought to behave in the expected random way, subject to the normal decay probabilities which are specific to each nuclide. Moreover, any "non-random" behavior was assumed automatically to be the fault of the detection systems, the environment surrounding the detectors, or changes in the background radiation to which the detector was exposed. Recently, however, evidence has emerged from a variety of sources, including measurements taken by independent groups at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, and Purdue University, that indicate there may in fact be an influence that is altering nuclear decay rates, albeit at levels on the order of $10^{-3}$. In this paper, we will discuss some of these results, and examine the evidence pointing to the conclusion that the intrinsic decay process is being affected by a solar influence.



Further Evidence Suggestive of a Solar Influence on Nuclear Decay Rates

Authors: Peter A. Sturrock, Ephraim Fischbach, Jere H. Jenkins

Abstract: Recent analyses of nuclear decay data show evidence of variations suggestive of a solar influence. Analyses of datasets acquired at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) both show evidence of an annual periodicity and of periodicities with sidereal frequencies in the neighborhood of 12.25 year^{-1} (at a significance level that we have estimated to be 10^{-17}). It is notable that this implied rotation rate is lower than that attributed to the solar radiative zone, suggestive of a slowly rotating solar core. This leads us to hypothesize that there may be an "inner tachocline" separating the core from the radiative zone, analogous to the "outer tachocline" that separates the radiative zone from the convection zone. The Rieger periodicity (which has a period of about 154 days, corresponding to a frequency of 2.37 year^{-1}) may be attributed to an r-mode oscillation with spherical-harmonic indices l=3, m=1, located in the outer tachocline. This suggests that we may test the hypothesis of a solar influence on nuclear decay rates by searching BNL and PTB data for evidence of a "Rieger-like" r-mode oscillation, with l=3, m=1, in the inner tachocline. The appropriate search band for such an oscillation is estimated to be 2.00-2.28 year^{-1}. We find, in both datasets, strong evidence of a periodicity at 2.11 year^{-1}. We estimate that the probability of obtaining these results by chance is 10^{-12}.

This link requires a subscription to get the original article.

Time-Dependent Nuclear Decay Parameters:
New Evidence for New Forces?

E. Fischbach · J.B. Buncher · J.T. Gruenwald ·
J.H. Jenkins · D.E. Krause · J.J. Mattes · J.R. Newport

Abstract This paper presents an overview of recent research dealing with the question of whether nuclear decay rates (or half-lives) are time-independent constants of nature, as opposed to being parameters which can be altered by an external perturbation. If the latter is the case, this may imply the existence of some new interaction(s) which would be responsible for any observed time variation. Interest in this question has been renewed recently by evidence for a correlation between nuclear decay rates and Earth-Sun distance, and by the observation of a dip in the decay rate for 54Mn coincident in time with the solar flare of 2006 December 13.We discuss these observations in detail, along with other hints in the literature for time-varying decay parameters, in the framework of a general phenomenology that we develop. One consequence of this phenomenology is that it is possible for different experimental groups to infer discrepant (yet technically correct) results for a half-life depending on where and how their data were taken and analyzed. A considerable amount of attention is devoted to possible mechanisms which might give rise to the reported effects, including fluctuations in the flux of solar neutrinos, and possible variations in the magnitudes of fundamental parameters, such as the fine structure constant and the electron-to-proton mass ratio. We also discuss ongoing and future experiments, along with some implications of our work for cancer treatments, 14C dating, and for the possibility of detecting the relic neutrino background.

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