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Magnetic Wormhole Created for First Time

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 05:24AM

The idea of wormholes has existed for several decades now, but as yet these structures for connecting remote regions of space have only existed in science fiction. None are known to exist in the Universe and there is no known way to manipulate the gravitational energy necessary to create one. However, we do know how to manipulate electromagnetic fields and now researchers at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have successfully created a magnetic wormhole.

Using metamaterials and metasurfaces, the researchers created a special tunnel that a magnetic field could enter on one side, travel through, and exit on the other side without being detected along the way. While the device itself is visible to us, to a magnetic field it is undetectable. This causes the exit for it to look like a magnetic monopole as a single pole, North or South, seems to be alone there, because the other end of the magnet or electromagnet is on the other side of the device.

This discovery could prove very valuable in medicine and other sciences that use MRI or NMR machines. By allowing a magnetic field to be displaced from its source like this, a patient could be at a more comfortable distance from an MRI machine's detectors, and multiple parts of the body could be imaged at the same time as well.

Source: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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