Robert Winner

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What are potential applications for Temporal and Spatial Cloaking?

Six years ago Spatial Cloaking was announced and described as the bending of light around an object. This week Cornell University announced that they have hidden time through Temporal Cloaking by seperating light to form a hole in time. The successful Temporal Cloaking (a blip of total darkness) was one centimeter wide and lasted 50 picoseconds.

Both require the manipulation of light. Could this occur on a large scale? Would it be limited to a specific spot. What if an object occupied that spot? What would be the effect on living cells and organs?

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    Jan 6 2012: Let's see, Robert. The ability to alter reality in the hands of the government. What could possibly go wrong?
    All the potential applications I can imagine are nefarious. I say cure the common cold and let reality be.
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      Jan 6 2012: Well put REO. The Air Force salutes your move to resolve the common cold. All the best Bob
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        Jan 6 2012: What is "REO"? What does the Air Force have to do with this conversation?
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          Jan 6 2012: I read your bio and you mentioned that your a member of the association of old crows and had served in the Navy. I wrongly assumed that you were a REO (Radar Electronics Officer). I served in the Air Force. My comment was a complement to a fellow military member. No offense was intended. Sorry if it upset you. Best wishes Bob
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        Jan 6 2012: No, no, Robert, no offense taken. I am not familiar with the REO word because we did not have one of those fellows in our P3's in Viet Nam. Thanks for serving in the wild blue yonder!
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    Jan 5 2012: It does not cause a hole in time, so much as using the properties of optical fiber to make two different light beams travel different paths at different speeds. So spacetime isn't bent or anything weird like that. Matter inside the effect will still behave normally, just be in complete darkness. Temporal cloaking just makes things more invisible.