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How to move particles in solid?

  1. Sep 24, 2012 #1
    How to rearrange particles in matter?
    The goal is to create a device that moves
    each and every particle of a particular object to a new location
    at the same time thus transforming
    this object into another.(e.g., a spoon into a cup by rearranging its molecules or one
    chemical element into another by rearranging its subatomic particles(not by nuclear reacton).
    What method can be used?
    Maybe it can be done by using nanorobots of some kind or quantum teleportation?
    The process itself is possible since
    it does not violate the laws of physics.
    Any tips?
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 24, 2012
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  3. Sep 24, 2012 #2


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    In order to change one element into another, you will have to change the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus so, technically, however you do it it is a "nuclear reaction". And if you are going to use "nanorobots", they would have to smaller than the subatomic particles so what are you going to make them out of? As for "quantum teleportation", do you know of any device that can do that?
  4. Sep 24, 2012 #3


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    It doesn't have to violate the laws of physics to be completely unfeasible. And that's what it is. Unfeasible for the near/moderate future. We can't even make nanorobots commercially feasible yet.
  5. Sep 25, 2012 #4
    On top of that, transforming a spoon into a cup seems like a bad idea because the cup might be made of more particles than the spoon, or vice versa, so what would you do with the leftover particles?
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