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A QUESTION OF CIVILIZATION: What’s in the shed?!

October 8, 2018


In 1964 one of mankind’s greatest scientific feats occurred: the discovery of the predicted Big Bang Black Body relic radiation on the sky by two guys named Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson. This feat would be recognized in 1978 by the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics. And just recently, the Planck Scientific Collaboration has issued a resounding reaffirmation of this discovery. Next summer Robert Wilson will be celebrated at the Starmus V Festival in Switzerland.

Fascinatingly, the discovery paper was very brief, like the Watson-Crick discovery paper.

However, if in the latter case brevity was the soul of wit, in the former case it was the heart of the scam.

When I read the PW paper for the first time with an investigator’s mind-set, I was struck by the fact that there is absolutely no description of the instrument they used. I looked in the scientific literature, and I could not find anything there either.

Here was my problem. This was a satellite communication equipment and as such was most likely set up to receive two orthogonal linear polarizations. But the cosmic black body radiation is unpolarized. How can you receive the total power from this black body with this antenna? You have either to add the power in the two linear polarizations to get the full power on the sky, or use one polarization and account for a factor of 2. What did they do? This is the information I was looking for. In other words, I wanted to know what comes behind the Holmdel Antenna that has become a visual icon. What’s in that shed? Not being able to find the answer, here’s what I wrote in my 2015 book The Falsifiers of the Universe: .. the powers in the two polarizations would then have to be added before determining the Antenna Temperature. At 4 GHz, this feed would probably be a substantial waveguide contraption, certainly not something one would forget to mention in a paper where this fact was of paramount importance.

Sometime later I learned that there was an exhibit of the PW equipment in Deutsches Museum, and photos of this were available at this web site. So now we know what’s in the shed. We can go back to my problem and resolve it.

Refer to the figure. Radiation travels from left to right. The silver horn is a replica to represent the Holmdel antenna outside the shed. Everything else is inside the shed. This is the original equipment. The horn has a square cross-section. As unpolarized radiation from sky travels through this square pipe as two orthogonal linear polarizations, it is gradually transformed to a circular pipe so as to be able to accommodate a device called an Orthomode Transducer (OMT). This is the device marked A by me. At A, the OMT separates out the two orthogonal polarizations. Half the power travels downward at A through a standard rectangular waveguide that carries the polarization with the electric field vector perpendicular to the plane of the paper. This portion of the radiation is used for calibration purposes. Thus, half the unknown signal power to be measured is prevented from going into the receiver. The other half – where the field is vertical and in the plane of the paper – travels to the right and enters the receiver at the point marked B by me via a standard rectangular waveguide, seen coming out of the plane of the paper. This is the entire power Penzias and Wilson analyzed, and deduced from this a 3.5 K black body in the sky.

Michael Fletcher has also provided a block diagram of the instrument, endorsed by Arno Penzias.

So, half the power that was incident on the Holmdel antenna accounted for the entire discovery of a black body of 3.5 K – a temperature that happened to be just right to clinch Big Bang. Morale of the story: Lose a factor of 2, get a Nobel.

This is only one of the many fatal faults of this experiment. In no way, shape or form did Penzias and Wilson find any black body of any temperature on the sky. Nor did John Mather. Nor did Herbert Gush, nor anyone else for that matter

In this context I remind you also of these old graphics:


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A Physicsville goose

September 6, 2018

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LIGO and the old donkeys

August 23, 2018


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LIGO India is halted

August 20, 2018

Folks, LIGO India is a good project to watch if you want to surmise which direction LIGO is headed. Are there good people working in the background to deal with the LIGO fraud? LIGO India is one observatory that is yet to be built, and building from scratch an observatory based on fraudulent science when the fraud stands exposed is an extremely serious matter.

The LIGO INDIA story thus far:

LIGO India was going great guns. The Government and the Legislature gave approval, and the Prime Minister pledged his personal support. They were looking at an overall budget of Rs. 1200 crore. A site was searched for and the site in Dudhala village (Hingoli District) was finalized. There are clear official statements to this effect both from LIGO and from the Government.

The site had been surveyed for seismic and other aspects, and then concrete marker posts had been put down. Scientists in big cars often visited the site (according to local villagers) – including some sahibs. The villagers were most impressed by this “NASA Project” coming up in India. A building was rented near the site to serve as office-cum-guesthouse. A LIGO INDIA sign was installed on this building and the pictures of this was plastered all over the Internet to symbolize how they were making rapid progress.

In recent months, both the Prime Minister and the Science Minister made highly public and laudatory statements in support of LIGO.

Land acquisition had begun in right earnest. Whatever land in that site belonged to the Government was given over to LIGO. But more adjoining land was needed – land that belonged to 40-50 private owners. Negotiations were completed to acquire those parcels of land at a premium price. For the private owners as well as for LIGO, this deal was said to be a “win win” situation.

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In the meantime, some special rule was invoked to give LIGO a fast-track status. This was supposed to speed things along even more.

Also in the meantime, the LIGO budget was being revised upward – what with all the money spent on finalizing the Dudhala site.

Initially it was said that construction of the observatory would begin in mid-2018. It was then revised to 2019.

Oopsie!

Now a new news report is out. Most strangely, it describes the flatness (lack thereof) of the terrain as a new stumbling block for the project! So much so that they are now back-pedaling and saying:

The consortium is yet to formally declare the Dudhala site as the host of the interferometers.

It is as if they now want an “out” from the Dudhala site, and are preparing the public for this change.

The flatness of the terrain is an issue that should have been the very first thing they would have got out of the way – years ago. Actually, it was only necessary for the base of the trenches under the LIGO tubes to be reasonably flat. The rest of the terrain could remain as it was. The perfect flatness and the rectilinear property of the tubes would then be achieved with their support legs. In fact, LIGO Hanford site was carved out of uneven terrain, without disturbing the overall landscape. Given all this, why does flatness emerge as an unforeseen stumbling block now?

The ability to install the LIGO arms perfectly level should have been the zeroth criterion of site selection.

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LIGO Hanford

It seems that LIGO India wanted to survey the Dudhala terrain by drilling a number of boreholes. Why would it be necessary to drill boreholes to establish flatness of the terrain? May be they wanted to assess the competence of the subsurface. I don’t know.

LIGO India had accordingly asked permission to survey the terrain as follows:

The LIGO-India consortium, made up of physicists from several institutes, had submitted a proposal to “prospect” 121 hectares of forest land in Dudhala village, Hingoli.

What they got instead was the following:

The prospecting permission, according to the minutes of the forest clearance committee meeting of the Union Environment Ministry, was only for sinking boreholes in 0.375 hectares and separate permission would be needed at a later stage for constructing the observatory.

When you have to survey 121 hectares of land, and you are given permission to survey 0.375 hectares, what do you call that permission? I call it Permission Denied.

And notice that only now it is being revealed that – contrary to what the world was given to understand before – they never received permission to construct the observatory on the site in the first place. And from what we see now, permissions are certainly not foregone conclusions.

What now?

Anyway, allowing room for various interpretations, it is clear that there have now arisen ifs, ands, and buts (as stated by LIGO India themselves):

“We have to level the land and assess the time and effort it will take for this.”

This means that LIGO India is as much up in the air today as it was when they got started. A Prime Minister-backed, Legislature-backed, Nobel-blessed, fully-funded, fast-tracked, America-inspired national-prestige project is at the mercy of the full lethargy of Indian bureaucracy.

Or is it?

Further humiliation along the victory lap of LIGO Nobelist Kip Thorne?

August 12, 2018

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THE NOBEL: Temporary hiccup or final decline?

August 5, 2018


The recent revelations in the media about what goes on behind the scenes at the organization that gives out the Nobel Prize in Literature are indeed shocking. But in terms of the harm done to our society and to our civilization, these are mere misdemeanors compared to what has gone on behind the scenes at the organization that gives out the Nobel Prize in Physics.


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The Fake Memorials Casebook it is here!

August 2, 2018


You can download this Casebook here (pdf 3.6 MB).

Here are some sample pages.

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Planck Satellite fraud: The lies continue …

July 24, 2018


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The ongoing public humiliation of LIGO Nobelist Kip Thorne

July 22, 2018


Remember the public spectacle of Kip Thorne’s humiliation at the Nobel banquet procession telecast worldwide? (See the second figure below.) Well, that was not the last of it.

Now he has been publicly humiliated in his own land, in his own hometown. Here is the news article I quote from. Note in the Comment section a puzzled reader asks: Why not officially rename it (The Boulevard)?

A Nobel Laureate undergoing sequential public humiliation. Now that’s what I call society’s revenge.


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Central Casting, send two Dawns of New Age pronto!

July 22, 2018


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