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Large Hadron Collider Could Create Wormholes: a Gateway for Time Travelers?

Article Updated: 26 Dec , 2015

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As we get closer to the grand opening of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, it seems the predictions as to what we might get from the high energy particle accelerator are becoming more complex and outlandish. Not only could the LHC generate enough energy to create particles that exist in other dimensions, it may also produce “unparticles“, a possible source for dark matter. Now, the energy may be so focused that even the fabric of space-time may be pulled apart to create a wormhole, not to a different place, but a different time. Also, if there are any time travellers out there, we are most likely to see them in a few weeks…

If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Actually it’s a trick question: you couldn’t travel back in time unless there was a time “machine” already built in the past. The universe’s very first time traveller would therefore only be able to travel back to when the machine he/she was using was built. This is one restriction that puts pay to those romantic ideas that we could travel back in time to see the dinosaurs; there were no time machines back then (that we know of), so nothing to travel back to. And until we create a time machine, we won’t be seeing any travelers any time soon.

However, Prof Irina Aref’eva and Dr Igor Volovich, mathematical physicists at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow believe the energies generated by the subatomic collisions in the LHC may be powerful enough to rip space-time itself, spawning wormholes. A wormhole not only has the ability to take a shortcut between two positions in space, it can also take a shortcut between two positions in time. So, the LHC could be the first ever “time machine”, providing future time travelers with a documented time and place where a wormhole “opened up” into our time-line. This year could therefore be “Year Zero”, the base year by which time travel is limited to.

Relativity doesn’t dispute this idea, but the likelihood of a person passing through time is slim-to-impossible when the dimensions of a possible wormhole will be at the sub-atomic level at best and it would only be open for a brief moment. Testing for the presence of a man-made wormhole would be difficult even if we knew what we were looking for (perhaps a small loss in energy during collision, as energy escapes through the wormhole?).

As if that didn’t discourage you from hoping to use wormholes for time travel, Dr Brian Cox of the University of Manchester says: “The energies of billions of cosmic rays that have been hitting the Earth’s atmosphere for five billion years far exceed those we will create at the LHC, so by this logic time travellers should be here already.” As far as we know, they’re not.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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Nicolas G
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Nicolas G
February 7, 2008 7:02 AM

I just had a question. What exactly will happen to said wormhole once it has been opened. You say it will only be open for a brief moment, so are you implying that it will fade out by releasing all its energy?

Haplo
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Haplo
February 7, 2008 10:11 AM

The Death Star will be coming trough tthat wormhole. Mark My Words.

Mark Farnaby
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Mark Farnaby
February 7, 2008 5:23 AM
through reading this it seams that you have come to the conclusion that time travel is possible. i once read a few yrs ago that a woman/man had a close encounter of the third kind and was told by the alien beings that they were actually alot closer than we thought. could it be that those beings (if true) could be human beings from the future born and raised on another planet and have evolved into what they/we will be in the future and they are coming back to us to make sure we are on track or give us advice about interplanetary travel, so we remain to exist on other planets!? it is a theory, and we… Read more »
toby
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toby
February 7, 2008 6:08 AM
Just like children playing with TNT . Now a lighter has been found on the play ground . Just a matter of time , the fuse will be lit . We all might wish we could go back in time to put a stop to this union. At least till we know more about what we are playing with. 1. FACT. No One Really knows what dark matter or energy is , let alone what it does . 2. FACT. No One Really Knows what a worm hole is , or where it leads . This Rip Could be like opening a door we may not want to open , a door that cannot close . We are… Read more »
Johnny WOO WOO
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Johnny WOO WOO
February 7, 2008 6:38 AM

OMG! OMG! OMG! The end is nigh

Hunnter
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Hunnter
February 7, 2008 8:26 AM

Why am i getting sudden visions of Doom in my head?
In before the demon overlords from Hell come through and attempt to take over the human race.

I always had an idea that the “aliens” in space ships were probably just people from the future.
And if they were, then it could prove that time isn’t linear, since coming back (and the spottings) could have had massive effects on the timeline.
Maybe the people at the LHC should have a radio receiver on their end, just in case someone wants to send a little message through.
“Hello world”

Dwight
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Dwight
February 7, 2008 8:48 AM

So, now we know wher UFOs come from!

korak 12
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korak 12
February 7, 2008 9:05 AM

Oh yes, Mark F., someone said that a UFO space occupant told them we will soon be able to travel in time – why it MUST be true then!

The gullibility level of people continues to amaze me, to say nothing of the lack of real education.

Todd
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Todd
February 7, 2008 9:14 AM

@korak jumping onto the sneering insult wagon doesn’t do your position much good, either. Just sayin’, because plenty of what we accept as fact today would have been derided in decades past.

korak 12
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korak 12
February 7, 2008 10:04 AM
Todd – I wasn’t dumping on the possibility that one day we may be able to time travel. I was dumping on the fact that someone heard a story about an alien from a UFO telling someone else that we humans are close to being able to time travel. I thought that was obvious. With attitudes and gullibility like that, we won’t be able to cross the street properly soon enough, to say nothing of time travel. And guess what, even if an alien did say we were close to time travel, what good does that do if no details on how to do this were possible. The story merits about as much usefulness if I said some… Read more »
Peter
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Peter
February 7, 2008 11:09 AM

Go Korak 12!

Just wondering, with a name like that, are YOU a space traveler or time traveler? And I was told by an alien zombie’s girlfriend’s locker partner that slushy machines would open a portal to Michael Jackson’s Neverland. I’m proposing we destroy every one of them before we all get sucked in!

edensdoor
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February 7, 2008 11:40 AM

Well aliens and time traveling killer androids aside… What about the possibility of the appearance of particles placed inside the LHC from future experiments? That would be proof of time travel. May be messages could be sent in some form of particle Morse Code… As for the world getting sucked into oblivion I highly doubt there is enough energy to create a black hole or something. I’m more afraid of the ITER fusion reactor set to create gas to over 100 million degrees in 2018… Get your sunglasses and marshmallows out!

korak 12
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korak 12
February 7, 2008 11:50 AM

Edensdoor, I really like the idea of looking for particles in the LHC coming from future experiments! Now just so long as you didn’t get it from Peter K.’s alien zombie’s girlfriend’s locker partner.

And as for Peter K., no I am not a space or time traveler, nor am I the advance scout for the invasion fleet of the Galactic Empire – I mean, uh, nope, not that.

Mega
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Mega
February 7, 2008 1:09 PM

Hunnter I had that thought as well, that the classic aliens we see, if they even exist could be time travelers from the futurewink Creating a black hole in my opinion doesnt sound like a good idea, what if it starts expanding?

Malcolypse_the_Obsolete
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Malcolypse_the_Obsolete
February 7, 2008 1:50 PM

Interesting indeed…and while we are at it, why don’t we push this little red button- I mean, I don’t know what it does but I’m sure if anything bad will come of it then little ‘Greys’ will shoot through the wormhole and save us all from ourselves. Testing fate usually works best in action movies only. Good Luck Science…Good Luck to Humanity

Malcolypse_the_Obsolete
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Malcolypse_the_Obsolete
February 7, 2008 1:52 PM

by the way…I’d like to know when they plan on throwing the switch as so I could kiss my loved ones just in case…nuff said!

korak 12
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korak 12
February 7, 2008 2:07 PM

You guys read WAY too much science fiction and not enough science texts.

Or am I assuming too much in the reading department, period?

hiro
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hiro
February 7, 2008 3:08 PM

To Toby:
3. FACT: The LHC doesnt have enough power to generate either black hole or wormhole.

To Korak:
I totally agree with you. This 100% delusion like finding green bugs on the moon. Honestly speaking, does anyone really expect a 14TeV machine that can do everything?

I think I’ve read a research paper about the next generation collider, The VLHC which has the power from 100~400 TeV and it’s planned to build around 2020-2050. This is truly the machine we need to create both black hole and wormhole in the lab, and look for other high energy exotic particles in theoretical predictions.

Leg3nd
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Leg3nd
February 7, 2008 3:41 PM

People believe the strangest things….

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