Monday, November 29, 2004

Antimatter Propulsion, Ascension and Highbrew

Antimatter Propulsion I've been working on the design of a simple Antimatter Propulsion system which uses a modified version of the Interstellar Ramjet (RW Bussard et al). I have made a few modifications to the core system by adding a Penning Trap to the Collector Head Assembly (which can use incoming cosmic radiation to create Antimatter) and replacing the fusion sheild assembly with a matter-antimatter powered engine. The solenoid scoop in the body can also double up as a Cyclotron to accelerate particles and create a source of antimatter equivalents of hadrons (and possibly leptons, too).

However, the problem is in improving the collectors and the generators to be able to create sufficient amounts of Antimatter. Until advances in technology can improve that process, we would not have an easily deployable design. Also, solving the asymmetry in the properties of B-mesons and anti-B-mesons could possibly lead to solutions on why antimatter is not as common as matter and how we could help generate antimatter through easier means. Diagrams and designs to come, in just a little while. Ascension & Enlightenment I came across some wonderful quotes from Stargate SG-1 on ascending to a higher plane of thought, something that's straight out of the many spiritual religions in the world.
Monk of Oma Desala: "You must release your burden before you can find your own way again." Shifu: "The true nature of a man is determined in the battle between his conscious mind and the desires of his subconscious. The evil in the subconscious is too strong to resist, and the only way to win is to deny it battle." Daniel: "Will I see you again?" Shifu: "All roads eventually lead to the Great Path." Daniel: "Eventually." Shifu: "Many cross on the way" Shifu: "If the instrument is broken, the music will be sour." Daniel: "The music does not play the musician," Shifu: "Normally there is truth in that." Shifu: "The mind is always free." Aldwin: "...and then we'll try and ask you some questions." Shifu: "Questions are plentiful. Answers are few." Aldwin: "Are you Harcesis?" Shifu: "I'm many things."
Suffice it to say that this is straight out of one of the many Zen Coda. Speaking in Zen is a talent, but understanding it takes genius. I'm quite seriously contemplating becoming a monk after perhaps a Ph.D. in Physics. I would quite really like to shed the burdens of the world and go to one of the many Indian monastries to pursue matters of mind and more. I'm quite certain that letting go of this life would feel, well, quite wonderful! Highbrew Our stock product is almost ready for beta release -- if you're interested in testing it out, do let us know and we'll get back to you at the earliest. For more details, feel free to e-mail me at karthik@highbrew.com. And oh, had a great thanksgiving. Went for an Archaelogical Dig and had a lot of fun on the field. History can teach us a lot.