First of all, this is computer and Open Source related Blog, and I wasn’t and still am not sure, if this is a really good idea to mention this stuff about BlackLight Power here, since I’m trying really hard to keep this Blog above a certain level.
But a few days ago I’ve read an article at Telepolis about a “Breakthrough in Extracting Energy from Hydrogen? “. Well – knowing that Telepolis sometimes tends to report about weired stuff, I was very much astonished about what I’ve read there.
I’ve started to Google around, and read various stuff on the Internet, including the Wikipedia entries on that. I’ve ignored the BlackLight Power site itself, since I didn’t intent being brainwashed. But I’ve found also on YouTube this presentation:
I felt more and more pissed about this whole matter. My impression was that this presentation had a, let’s say, odd quality and really didn’t reflect professionalism nor a extreme technical skill.
Such free energy stories are buzzing around the whole Internet and I do pay the same attention to it, like to penis extension or porn for free or stuff.
I don’t really get it, why this is more or less seriously discussed at all. We are talking about 137 states below the ground state of an electron! Come again?!
How is it possible to go more south if you are standing at the South Pole?
came across my eyes while I was investigating this story.
There’s a standard model in physics, which work so well, that nobody would seriously doubt it’s correctness, but Mr. Mills.
See the standard model: http://www.pha.jhu.edu/~dfehling/particle.gif
I’ve finally found a simple three point statement, that let me sleep again. Here it is:
3. Zach on October 24, 2008 8:48 AM writes…
You’re being far too kind. As an atomic physicist, I can tell you that
1) An electron bound to a hydrogen atom is exactly and analytically solvable. We know every bound state, and there is no state below the ground state.
2) Blacklight’s equations are nonsense and have nothing to do with the Schroedinger or Dirac equations describing an electron in a potential. It’s been a while since I looked, but their equations were really weird and bore no relation to anything in atomic physics.
3) The energy levels of an electron around a nucleus of charge Z go as E=(-1/2 Hartree)*(Z^2/n^2). The spectroscopic experiment where they purport to see a n=1/2 energy level (ie, an energy level lower than n=1, the ground state) is done in a discharge which included both hydrogen (Z=1) and helium (Z=2). The line they saw is the n=1 level of He+.
4) If there were an energy level of hydrogen which was 40.8 eV below the ground state, every hydrogen atom that we see should be in that state! Room temperature is about 1/40 eV, so the ratio of normal ground state atoms to hydrino atoms should be e^(40.8 eV/(1/40 eV))=e^(-1632), or ~10^-500.
It’s the best so far, I’ve read about it.
Case closed for me.