André Füzfa, a researcher from the University of Namur, has proposed creating artificial gravitational fields that humans can manipulate and observe.
He says that his method that would allow humans to control gravity is achievable with current technologies. In his mathematically based proposal Füzfa describes the device that would make this possible and be used to observe how magnetic fields bend space-time.
To push beyond the current limitations, Füzfa says research must employ a device that uses superconducting electromagnets, like the technologies at CERN or the ITER reactor. “We finally propose an experimental setup, achievable with current technology of superconducting coils, that produces a phase shift of light of the same order of magnitude than astrophysical signals in ground-based gravitational wave observatories,” it is stated in the paper titled How Current Loops and Solenoids Curve Space-time.
Füzfa describes the experiments and provides assurance that they do not tap into the principles of “new physics.” If his experiments are successful humans would possess the power to control the “last of four fundamental forces,” not within our grips.
He argues that current research observes and aims to understand gravitational fields, but makes no attempts to change them. “Somehow, studying gravity is a contemplative activity: physicists restrict themselves to the study of natural, pre-existing, sources of gravitation,” the paper says. “Generating artificial gravitational fields, that could be switched on or off at will, is a question captured or left to science-fiction.”
Füzfa’s exciting experiments could revolutionise telecommunications and other technologies.