Archive for the ‘Physics’ Category

Published “Unitedly Broadened Physics: Toward One Theory for Elementary Particles, Objects, and the Cosmos”

September 16, 2017

I published the book Unitedly Broadened Physics: Toward One Theory for Elementary Particles, Objects, and the Cosmos. The abstract is …

  • We address three physics opportunities. First, predict new elementary particles. Second, explain phenomena such as dark matter and dark energy. Third, unite physics theories and models.
  • We use models based on solutions to equations featuring isotropic pairs of isotropic quantum harmonic oscillators.
  • First, we show solutions that match the known elementary particles. We propose that other solutions correlate with elementary particles that people have yet to detect.
  • Second, we extend solutions to encompass known conservation-law symmetries. We note that extended solutions correlate with known kinematics. We propose that extended solutions correlate with descriptions of dark matter, dark energy, and other phenomena.
  • Third, we note that the work unites, extends, and limits aspects of traditional physics. Those aspects include classical physics, special relativity, general relativity, quantum mechanics, the elementary-particle Standard Model, and the cosmology timeline.

I invite you to read, enjoy, learn, and extend work “Unitedly Broadened Physics” discusses.

I provide more information and a 30+page extract at link.

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e&s (Engineering & Science) publishes 2-sentence article

September 14, 2016

The Fall 2016 edition of Caltech’s magazine e&S (Engineering & Science) includes my 2-sentence article under a heading of “In honor of Caltech’s 125th, we asked alumni: What’s your favorite Caltech story, personal or historical? Here are just a few of those memories.”

The magazine includes the following text. (link)

  • As a math major and senior, I took graduate-level physics courses taught by Richard Feynman, Rudolf Mossbauer, and Kip Thorne. THREE GREAT TEACHERS teaching three great courses, each in a subject for which the teacher is, to put it mildly, well known.

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Published “Models for Physics of the Very Small and Very Large”

May 22, 2016

Atlantis Press and Springer published the book Models for Physics of the Very Small and Very Large.

Results narrow gaps between physics data and theory. Results pertain to elementary particles, astrophysics, and cosmology. For example, this monograph predicts properties for beyond-the-Standard-Model elementary particles, proposes descriptions of dark matter and dark energy, provides new relationships between known physics constants (including masses of some elementary particles), includes theory that dovetails with the ratio of dark matter to ordinary matter, includes math that dovetails with the number of elementary-fermion generations, suggests forces that govern the rate of expansion of the universe, and suggests additions to and details for the cosmology timeline.

I invite you to read, enjoy, learn, and extend work Models for Physics of the Very Small and Very Large discusses.

I provide more information at link.

Attended Charles Townes 99th birthday event

August 1, 2014

I attended a celebration of the 99th birthday of Charles Townes, held on his birthday, July 28, 2014, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Charlie and I talked briefly, after the formal part of the event. (Photo below, by Taran Singh) I gave him a copy of “Physics Math Reset.” (Previously, we met via Caltech-related events, I provided him some computer advice, and he and I served on the advisory board for Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public policy.)

It was good to learn more about Charlie’s many accomplishments and interests.

At that event, I met Taran Singh, who is producing a film, Unturned Stones (and link), about Charles Townes. Taran and I plan to stay in touch, regarding the film and perhaps other matters.

It was also good to talk with various people who have had long-term relationships with Berkeley’s Physics Department.

Charles Townes and Thomas J. Buckholtz (photo by Taran Singh)

Charles Townes and Thomas J. Buckholtz (photo by Taran Singh)

Spoke on Dark Matter and Dark Energy, for NextNow

July 29, 2013

Recently, I gave two “Shedding Light on Dark Matter and Dark Energy and More” talks for NextNow.  One talk was July 18 in Berkeley.  The other was July 27 in Portola Valley.  (Each municipality is in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California.)  Here is a link to a video of the second talk.

I was pleased that “non-scientists” seemed genuinely interested and asked good questions.  I discussed (in non-science terms) research that attempts the following.

  • Suggest descriptions of dark matter and dark energy.
  • Explain quantum gravity and unify it with electromagnetism.
  • Compute the mass of the Higgs boson and suggest masses of neutrinos.
  • Suggest a basis for P violation, CP violation, … and reframe concepts of such violations.
  • Predict undiscovered elementary particles and basic interactions.
  • List known elementary particles and find new uses for the Standard Model.
  • Provide other results.

I was one of several speakers (4 in Berkeley and 8 in Portola Valley).  Each talk was limited to 5 minutes.  11 of the 12 presentations each had 20 slides, with an automated change of slide every 15 seconds.  The format is called Ignite.  Other speakers discussed software and patents (Randy Farmer), a youth program based on sailing and discussing STEM {science, technology, engineering, and mathematics} (Ian Andrewes, The American Youth Sailing Force), the future of NextNow (Jay Cross), the practice of happiness (Randy Taran – Project Happiness), chocolate and writing (Birgitte Rasine – Birgitte Racine’s author web site), how to write books (Joel Orr), and why smart is sometimes dumb and dumb sometimes wise (Prasad Kaipa).

I would like to thank Bill Daul, Jay Cross, and Tammy Chan for offering these speaking opportunities and recording video.  Bill started NextNow years ago.  I have been privileged to be a member.  Various people, including Jay and Bill, are helping to try to even more invigorate the group.

Coincidentally, CreateSpace (an Amazon.com subsidiary) listed my book, Physics Small and Vast: Basic Interactions (via Create Space), earlier on the day of my presentation in Portola Valley.  And, the book is now available via Amazon at Physics Small and Vast: Basic Interactions (via Amazon.com), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, and Amazon.fr.

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow (photo by Jay Cross)

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow in Berkeley (photo by Jay Cross)

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow in Portola Valley, July 26, 2013 (photo by Tammy Chan)

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow in Portola Valley, July 26, 2013 (photo by Tammy Chan)

NextNow audience in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

NextNow audience in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

Setting up for Thomas J. Buckholtz to speak for NextNow in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

Setting up for Thomas J. Buckholtz to speak for NextNow in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

Spoke on Dark Matter and More at an American Physical Society Conference

April 15, 2013

On April 14, 2013, I presented a talk, “Dark Matter Bosons and Fermions“, at an American Physical Society conference in Denver, Colorado, USA.   (Here are the slides from the talk.)

I provided an overview of how my attempted physics research may provide definitive answers for the following needs.

  • Explain gravitation
  • Explain dark matter
  • Explain dark energy
  • Explain rate-of-expansion changes
  • Compute Higgs boson mass
  • Suggest neutrino masses

I also discussed the following need.

  • List known elementary particles

From my research, a similar list of “known” elementary particles applies to each of 24 “ensembles.”  From our perspective, baryonic matter is 1 ensemble, 5 ensembles comprise what we consider to be dark matter, and 18 ensembles comprise what we consider to be “the stuff of dark energy.”  Each of 4 groups of 6 ensembles has its own gravity.

I discussed some possible objections to some of my methods and results, in each case indicating why the possible objections need not be valid.

And, I discussed (in some versions of the talk [more below about multiple versions]) meeting the following needs.

  • Explain matter/anti-matter ≠ 1
  • Explain size of CP violation

I appreciate having heard other talks at the conference.  I modified my intended remarks to reflect some of what I learned.  And, I appreciate questions and discussion that occurred as a result of my talk.

I gave my talk 4 times during session J8.

  • As the third presenter in the session.  (I was scheduled to be the eighth of nine presenters, but some presenters were not present.)
  • For people who arrived after each of the present presenters had presented once.
  • For people who attended at the scheduled time for my presentation.
  • For some people whom an attendee of my third presentation had been unable to find in time for these people to attend the as-scheduled presentation.

(More information about the research can be found via my mathematical physics page.)

Are we part of other beings’ dark energy?

March 14, 2013

You may want to view a 9-minute video summary of some of my attempted research in physics.

Much of the video summary parallels material I plan to present, on April 14, 2013, at an American Physical Society conference in Denver, Colorado, USA.  The title of the talk is “Dark Matter Bosons and Fermions.

The research suggests the possibility that other beings in our universe might, in effect, consider that people (you and I) are part of the stuff those beings consider to be dark energy.  (The stuff those beings would be made of is part of what we consider to be dark energy.)

The video summary and the planned talk address the following.

  • Explain gravitation;
  • Explain dark matter;
  • Explain dark energy;
  • Explain changes in the rate of expansion of the universe;
  • Compute the mass of neutrinos;
  • Compute the mass of Higgs bosons.

I do not plan to present, as part of the talk, some of the summary’s material about my book Physics Small and Vast: Complementing the Standard Model.

Talked regarding book “Physics 642b: Patterns, Forces, Particles, and Stuff”

July 14, 2012

On July 13, 2012, I provided a brief presentation (for the Venture Capital ~ Private Equity Roundtable) regarding my book Physics 642b: Patterns, Forces, Particles, and Stuff.

Several Roundtable members talked about the book with me during the next break in the program or after the end of the formal meeting.

I would like to thank Gloria Guenther for inviting me to make this presentation.


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