The article Laser Pulses reveal the superconductors of the future in Nature Physics carries an attractive cover image.
Re-visualised in True Colour 3D, it looks like this:
or, as our re-visualisation is a ‘movable object’ of ‘Digital Colour Brightness‘ – the numerical representation of the image.
When put into ‘software light’, and numerical values ‘attenuated’ it can be made to look like this:
What is the insight gained?
- Superconductivity is the ‘physical phenomenon’ investigated;
- Laser pulses are the ‘light activity’ translated into digits by the technology that captured the image;
- ‘True Colour 3D’ makes the pulses visible as a landscape of mountains and valleys.
Once upon a time, I diagnosed software at CERN. Having re-visited mathematics through the eyes of a mature programmer, this Einstein quote comes to mind:
And we need to ask ourselves:
- what do we see?
- what do we think we see?
- do we want physical realities to fit our mathematical models?
- what can we conclude about laser pulses when we see them with more depth, detail and structure in ‘reality 3D‘?