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## Main Question or Discussion Point

(moderators, I hope this is posted in the correct forum; I'm just not sure where to place this exactly)

Hi,

I write science fiction and I'm currently searching for some answers.

I've done my best to find these answers, researching and reading published articles by known physicists, asking four physicists at allexperts.com, and even contacting via email a few other physicists; but researching/reading seems only to lead me into loops, only one physicist at allexperts could answer my question (and just vaguely), and the other physicists contacted by email have yet to respond. Ok, I'm getting desperate.

I want to know what could control the size of matter, universally, i.e. obviously at the atomic and molecular level and most likely an unusual quantum effect, since if matter is increased in size (what I'm mostly aiming for), electron orbit radii would need to increase likewise (as well as energy and mass levels too?). A "god-like" character will be administering this strange occurrence.

What I have pieced together so far is this (and please feel free to critically analyze; I want to get close to scientifically/theoretically possible):

If zero point energy is increased, this will diminish the speed of light (a type of VSL, varying speed of light idea). This is due, from what I've read, to the photon's interaction, in transit, with virtual positron/electron particle pairs; the more virtual particle pairs present, the more the photon interacts and thus this diminishes the photon's travel speed. Also, as a side note, due to experimentation by Putthoff, ZPE could be key to the electron energy orbital quantization; it's not really about a quantized energy orbit just right for the electron in each atom, but it's about ZPE supplying the precise energy amount so the electron doesn't plummet into the nucleus.

But anyway, if c, a dimensional constant, is diminished, and yet all other dimensionless parameters (constants) remain the same, then, for example since the fine structure constant = e^2/(h-bar*c*4pi*vacuum permittivity), then other dimensional constants in this equation will need to adjust in value to compensate. I am especially curious about the veracity of this, since I obtained this information in an article at wikipedia.org, titled “Planck units”. In this article, with reference to Duff(2004) and section lll.5(by Duff alone) of Duff, Okun, and Veneziano(2002), I thought I found my answer. Below is a quoted portion of the article (the "a = " equation was modified by me so as to be compatible with forum fonts):

"If the speed of light c, were somehow suddenly cut in half and changed to c⁄2, (but with all dimensionless physical quantities continuing to remain constant), then the Planck length would increase by a factor of √(8) from the point-of-view of some unaffected "god-like" observer on the outside. But then the size of atoms (approximately the Bohr radius) are related to the Planck length by an unchanging dimensionless constant:

a = 4pi*vacuum permittivity*h-bar^2/electron m*e^2 = planck mass*planck length/electron m*fine structure constant

Atoms would then be bigger (in one dimension) by √(8), each of us would be taller by √(8), and so would our meter sticks be taller (and wider and thicker) by a factor of √(8) and we would not know the difference. Our perception of distance and lengths relative to the Planck length is logically an unchanging dimensionless constant.

Moreover, our clocks would tick slower by a factor of √(32) (from the point-of-view of this unaffected "god-like" observer) because the Planck time has increased by √(32) but we would not know the difference. (Our perception of durations of time relative to the Planck time is, axiomatically, an unchanging dimensionless constant.) This hypothetical god-like outside observer might observe that light now travels at half the speed that it used to (as well as all other observed velocities) but it would still travel 299792458 of our new meters in the time elapsed by one of our new seconds (c⁄2 √(32)⁄√(8) continues to equal 299792458 m/s). We would not notice any difference."

But again, I am not sure what is stated above in the wikipedia article is theoretically possible or not. So I'm not sure it's the answer I'm searching for.

And also the "god-like" character in my story will be controlling the amount of ZPE, so as to create the result above, of diminishing c, and hence an increase in matter size.

Yes, I know this is just science fiction, but I like to get it as close to the truth as possible since it just seems more believable, allowing the reader more readily to "fall into" the fictional world I'm trying to create.

Any help would be great. Also, if you can site reference articles that I could read to help me better understand your information, that would be great too. Thank you.

Hi,

I write science fiction and I'm currently searching for some answers.

I've done my best to find these answers, researching and reading published articles by known physicists, asking four physicists at allexperts.com, and even contacting via email a few other physicists; but researching/reading seems only to lead me into loops, only one physicist at allexperts could answer my question (and just vaguely), and the other physicists contacted by email have yet to respond. Ok, I'm getting desperate.

I want to know what could control the size of matter, universally, i.e. obviously at the atomic and molecular level and most likely an unusual quantum effect, since if matter is increased in size (what I'm mostly aiming for), electron orbit radii would need to increase likewise (as well as energy and mass levels too?). A "god-like" character will be administering this strange occurrence.

What I have pieced together so far is this (and please feel free to critically analyze; I want to get close to scientifically/theoretically possible):

If zero point energy is increased, this will diminish the speed of light (a type of VSL, varying speed of light idea). This is due, from what I've read, to the photon's interaction, in transit, with virtual positron/electron particle pairs; the more virtual particle pairs present, the more the photon interacts and thus this diminishes the photon's travel speed. Also, as a side note, due to experimentation by Putthoff, ZPE could be key to the electron energy orbital quantization; it's not really about a quantized energy orbit just right for the electron in each atom, but it's about ZPE supplying the precise energy amount so the electron doesn't plummet into the nucleus.

But anyway, if c, a dimensional constant, is diminished, and yet all other dimensionless parameters (constants) remain the same, then, for example since the fine structure constant = e^2/(h-bar*c*4pi*vacuum permittivity), then other dimensional constants in this equation will need to adjust in value to compensate. I am especially curious about the veracity of this, since I obtained this information in an article at wikipedia.org, titled “Planck units”. In this article, with reference to Duff(2004) and section lll.5(by Duff alone) of Duff, Okun, and Veneziano(2002), I thought I found my answer. Below is a quoted portion of the article (the "a = " equation was modified by me so as to be compatible with forum fonts):

"If the speed of light c, were somehow suddenly cut in half and changed to c⁄2, (but with all dimensionless physical quantities continuing to remain constant), then the Planck length would increase by a factor of √(8) from the point-of-view of some unaffected "god-like" observer on the outside. But then the size of atoms (approximately the Bohr radius) are related to the Planck length by an unchanging dimensionless constant:

a = 4pi*vacuum permittivity*h-bar^2/electron m*e^2 = planck mass*planck length/electron m*fine structure constant

Atoms would then be bigger (in one dimension) by √(8), each of us would be taller by √(8), and so would our meter sticks be taller (and wider and thicker) by a factor of √(8) and we would not know the difference. Our perception of distance and lengths relative to the Planck length is logically an unchanging dimensionless constant.

Moreover, our clocks would tick slower by a factor of √(32) (from the point-of-view of this unaffected "god-like" observer) because the Planck time has increased by √(32) but we would not know the difference. (Our perception of durations of time relative to the Planck time is, axiomatically, an unchanging dimensionless constant.) This hypothetical god-like outside observer might observe that light now travels at half the speed that it used to (as well as all other observed velocities) but it would still travel 299792458 of our new meters in the time elapsed by one of our new seconds (c⁄2 √(32)⁄√(8) continues to equal 299792458 m/s). We would not notice any difference."

But again, I am not sure what is stated above in the wikipedia article is theoretically possible or not. So I'm not sure it's the answer I'm searching for.

And also the "god-like" character in my story will be controlling the amount of ZPE, so as to create the result above, of diminishing c, and hence an increase in matter size.

Yes, I know this is just science fiction, but I like to get it as close to the truth as possible since it just seems more believable, allowing the reader more readily to "fall into" the fictional world I'm trying to create.

Any help would be great. Also, if you can site reference articles that I could read to help me better understand your information, that would be great too. Thank you.