that could confirm the universe’s fifth state of matter — and change physics as we know it — has been published in a new research paper from the University of Portsmouth in England.
Dr. Melvin Vopson, a physicist, has already published research indicating that information has mass and that all elementary particles, the universe’s smallest known building blocks, store information about themselves in the same way that humans have DNA.
He has now designed an experiment that, if successful, will prove that information is the fifth form of matter, alongside solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.
Dr. Vopson said: “This would be a eureka moment because it would change physics as we know it and expand our understanding of the Universe. But it wouldn’t conflict with any of the existing laws of physics.
“It doesn’t contradict quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, or classical mechanics. All it does is complement physics with something new and incredibly exciting.”
Previous research by Dr. Vopson
indicates that information is the fundamental building block of the universe and has physical mass.
He even suggests that information could be the elusive dark matter that make up nearly one-third of the universe.
He said: “If we assume that information is physical and has mass, and that elementary particles have a DNA of information about themselves, how can we prove it? My latest paper is about putting these theories to the test so they can be taken seriously by the scientific community.”
Dr. Vopson’s experiment proposes using particle-antiparticle collision to detect and measure information in an elementary particle.
He said: “The information in an electron is 22 million times smaller than the mass of it, but we can measure the information content by erasing it.
“We know that when you collide a particle of matter with a particle of antimatter, they annihilate each other. And the information from the particle has to go somewhere when it’s annihilated.”
The annihilation process
converts all of the particles’ remaining mass into energy, typically gamma photons. Any information-carrying particles are converted into low-energy infrared photons.
In the study, Dr. Vopson predicts the exact energy of the infrared photons produced by erasing the information.
Dr. Vopson believes his research could show how information is a key component of everything in the universe, creating a new field of physics research.
The paper has been published in AIP Advances.
Reference: “Experimental protocol for testing the mass–energy–information equivalence principle” by Melvin M. Vopson, 4 March 2022, AIP Advances.