Prof. André Füzfa of Namur University has proposed, with supporting mathematical proof, a device with which to create detectable gravitational fields. The device is based on superconducting electromagnets and therefore relies on technologies routinely used, for example, at CERN or the ITER reactor.

The idea, now with math and peer review enough for publication is a proposal that could transform physics and shake up Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Professor Füzfa’s article has been published in the scientific journal Physical Review D.

Its a daring idea to produce and detect gravitational fields at will using magnetic fields and control them for study. Working with them could and should produce new technologies.

At present, scientists study gravitational fields passively: they observe and try to understand existing gravitational fields produced by large inertial masses, such as stars or Earth, without being able to change them as is done, for example, with magnetic fields. It was this frustration that led Füzfa to attempt a revolutionary approach: creating gravitational fields at will from well-controlled magnetic fields and observing how these magnetic fields could bend space-time.

An experiment would require major resources and if conducted, it could be used to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity. If successful, it would certainly be a major step forward in physics: the ability to produce, detect and, ultimately, control gravitational fields. People could then produce gravitational interaction in the same way as the other three fundamental interactions (e.g. electromagnetic and strong and weak nuclear forces). That would usher gravitation into a new experimental and industrial era.

Up until now, a scientific advance like this was a dream of science fiction, but it could open up many new applications in the future.

Your humble writer wishes to encourage this and other ideas out past the leading bleeding edge of science. This and the other ideas show us where to go. What we will find when the experiments are run, refined, and rerun is yet to be known. But those experiments are the most interesting ones of all.


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