The idea of time travel has fascinated humans for millennia, but it was always considered a fanciful notion – until now. Researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have discovered evidence of time travel at a microscopic level. Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz are the lead authors of a study, Time reversibility during the aging of materials, published in Nature Physics.
The study delves into how time effectively ‘shuffles’ in the structure of materials like glass. Researchers found that time does not behave in a strictly linear manner. The study examines how the composition of materials changes over time. Glass has one of the most intriguing structures of all everyday items used daily. Instead of adhering to traditional molecular structures, glass molecules consistently move to different locations, effectively reversing time on a molecular level. To test this concept, scattered laser light was used to observe the glass structures. The researchers observed glass samples pushing and reforming into new arrangements. “The minuscule fluctuations in the molecules had to be documented using an ultra-sensitive video camera,” said Professor Blochowicz.
While this knowledge may not bring us any closer to being able to travel through time, it will certainly change our understanding of certain materials used daily. This discovery challenges our perception that time is always moving forward in a linear manner and opens up new avenues for research into material science and physics.
In 2023, another study was published that further challenges our understanding of time travel. This research dismisses the concept altogether and suggests that time in the universe is unidirectional due to a new study into light and its relationship with other objects.
Overall, these discoveries highlight how much more we still have to learn about the nature of time and its impact on our daily lives and scientific research efforts alike.