QMUL People: R.O. Cornwall

About me

This is the personal homepage of research scientist Remi Cornwall, alumni of Emanuel School, UMIST and London University.

My primary interest is in future concept physics-engineering and looking closely at the fundamental physics where there appears to be a clash.

To contact me, try the secure messaging facilities on ResearchGate, Academia.edu or LinkedIn

1) My work on Thermo-electric Conversion

I am looking into the feasibility of converting low grade heat energy directly into electricity that would be inherently 'green' and clean as well. The research concentrates on novel, magnetic, thermodynamic cycles with ferrofluid.

 June 2016 AAAS conference "Second Law challenges" in San Diego California:

                       Slides   Conference Paper (1st draft)

Bona fides: 1 2 3 4

Thesis  (vixra.org)  "Novel Thermodynamic Cycles involving Ferrofluids displaying Temporary Magnetic Remanence"

Paper 1 (vixra.org) (Effectively the thesis abridged)

Paper 2 (vixra.org) 

Paper 3 (vixra.org) (Electrostatic analogue to the magnetic cycles)

Result of a literature search (just front pages or abstracts) of peer reviewed articles challenging 

  The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics:

   Cápek-Sheehan pub. Springer     Found Phys (2014) 44,235-247 

   Physics Letters A 374 (2010) 1801-1805    Found Phys (2007) 37,1653-1658 

   Physica E 29 (2005) 87-99    Physica A 304 (2002) 461-479    

   Found Phys (2002), Vol. 32, No. 10    Physica A 290 (2001) 379-401    

   (so we're in good company :-)


2) Sending Classical Data down a Quantum Channel

We are investigating, theoretically and with some practical experimentation, a project (protocol) sending classical data down a quantum channel. The central experimental tenants of this thesis have already been proven: that remote, non-local measurement does change distant wave-function collapse1,2 and that the speed of this collapse by coincidence counting3 was at least 10,000c. What remained was to show that the "No-communication theorem"4 could be violated5 and that a protocol could be devised to overcome the randomness of quantum measurement. The phenomenon of entanglement is quite robust too, persisting6 over many 10s of km. Thermal interaction ultimately disrupts entanglement as the particles take on random entanglement with the environment thermal bath7.

         Paper 9 (academic.edu) (The misuse of the No-communication Theorem)

Paper 8 (vixra.org) (New approach to Superluminal Signalling using Path Entanglement)

(Yes, conceptually, it's this simple. Experimental details are slightly involved but we are commissioning a lab to do this, though simple profound things can suffer much disbelief and obstruction. The 'M' is the measurement, 'C' the constructive interference detector and 'D', the destructive).

Bona fide


Older work on the same project

Paper 1 (arxiv.org) 

Paper 2 (arxiv.org) (Appendix contains disproof of no-communication theorem)

Paper 3 (vixra.org) (A Means to Purify an Entangled Source)

1. Dopfer, Birgit (1998). PhD Thesis. Univ. Innsbruck.

2. Zeilinger, Anton (1999). "Experiment and the foundations of quantum physics". Rev. Mod. Physics 71: 288-297.

3. Zbinden, H.; Gisin, N., et al, "Testing the speed of ‘spooky action at a distance". Nature, 2008. 454.

4. Hall, Michael J. W., "Imprecise Measurements and Non-Locality in Quantum Mechanics". Phys. Lett. A, 1987. 125(2,3): p. 89,91.

5. N.B. "No Communication Theorem" says nothing about the case when there is no particle (due to destructive interference) so it is entirely moot.

6. Universität Wien, Quantum Optics, Quantum Information Group: "Entanglement based quantum communication over 144 km.

7. W.H. Zurek. "Decoherence and the Transition from Quantum to Classical". Los Alamos Science Number 27 2002.

The paper below follows on from the above and the development of an absolute transform. On a philosophical level, I can't believe space-time is literally curved. I don't see how an intangible can be imbued with physical properties. To me, there must be some agent causing the perceived curvature. I believe it is due to a field directly related to the metric (and hence the stress-energy tensor) and this field alters mass. It accounts for both time dilation and length contraction. 

The next step after this is to transform the Geodesic equation into absolute coordinates and look for analogies, probably in fluid mechanics or looking at the photon propagator, for ether models (even the Higgs mechanism extended beyond W and Z to all particles). In my mind, there has to be some physical principle that accounts for the universal speed limit, much as the speed of sound can be related to the average molecular velocity of the medium. There has to be some reason and not "a just so story". That is how my intuition is guiding me.

I also believe that this program, via the geodesic equation, will explain the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass, after all, if all of Relativity can be explained by mass increase by this program: the geodesic equation explains inertial motion in free space and free-fall in a gravitational field, then it would relate the two concepts - it's the same mass. We would no longer talk of mass and metrics, just mass and a principle (obviously variational) governing how a particle can move in space where its mass alters by position.

It may turn out that viewing physics on a 3+1 footing again, with Lorentz invariance generated by the fields, could offer a new path. 

Paper 4 (vixra.org) (A Mechanism for the Effects of Relativity)

Critique Notes

Paper 5 (vixra.org) (Critique of Giancarlo Ghirardi's use of No-communication Theorem)

Paper 6 (vixra.org) (Critique of Giancarlo Ghirardi 2nd part)

Paper 7 (vixra.org) (Disproof of the no-Communication Theorem by Decoherence Theory)



3) Me on ArXiv.org and Vixra.org

4) Other stuff

The Setup

I am technical director of two companies that exploit the research, TEC Power Ltd and QSE Communications Ltd. The companies hold all the intellectual property, whilst the directors and private financiers hold shares. We are not currently listed but hope to do very well when we are! I work with two other colleagues and a team of support start including our accountant, patent agents and funding bodies.

Interesting article in Daily Telegraph (3/6/14) about peer review



Some random thoughts that might go up from time to time.

04/06/14: As you see, I approach problems from the view point of engineering. Mathematics is wonderful but to me, there must always be a physical principle involved. For instance, saying that Relativity is mathematically graceful because of invariance (and it is) is fine but I want to know the physical principle that makes the speed of light the same in all frames. Is that too much to ask or gauche? Similarly this interplay of the more applied against the theoretical could be a boon to the pure sciences. I say we should set up a multi-disciplinary group, call it "Physics Engineering" or "Applied Science Engineering" under the faculty of the sciences to encompass developments in:

Clean Energy, Environmental Technologies, Quantum Optics, Quantum Computation, Space propulsion, Biomaterials, Life Extension, Artificial Life anything else "whizz bang" that could make a difference to the British Economy and set the trend for 21st Century Science. 

We'd be drawing from all these departments: Physics, Mathematics and Computing, Materials, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry.

Often science is too conservative due to the mantras of "publish or perish", "climb the greasy pole" and "don't rock the boat". If you can get the right people, with the right mindset and the talent to think in this way: the academic, the maverick, the inventive and give them free reign, extraordinary things could come out of the cross-pollination, given an academically free environment, free from duffers, pedants and bullies. 

I have benefited from private finance and this allows me a fair amount of "wildness". Praise be to the market economy and people with private means. However if we lived in a world run by grocers, they'd always be the bottom line mentality. Let's be pragmatic. I certainly want to go down this road because I do have access to high net worth individuals who would, semi-philanthropically (more to the latter), do this kind of thing. 

Can we get out of the day job mentality and into the mode of thought when we were kids and dreamt about the technology of Star trek or Star Wars? We shouldn't be scared to dream, Linus Pauling did say words to the effect that, "The way to have good ideas is to have lots of ideas and throw out the bad ones".


Random thought 19/02/2014

Coping with a recent bereavement, I have been consoled by friends into ideas of Buddhism and reincarnation. The only trouble I have with this is, souls always seem to be recycled but never created. Correct me if I am wrong on this. I have trouble reconciling this with the exponential growth in human population; at the time of Buddha, around 500BC, the world's population was probably a few hundred million. So all those souls of that time have "plenty of space" to inhabit new bodies now that the population is reaching 7billion. Are then the 7billion minus a few hundred million soul-less? Maybe they came from outer space or were promoted up from lower forms of consciousness by their good deeds - there's lots of ants about, they far out number humans.

If this is not the case with the ants, then maybe these extra souls came from outer space... they seem to be appealing to some "conservation of soul number", if they can't stomach new souls being created afresh or that there might be no reincarnation. In that case, the number of souls must be constant for all time and there must be the same number existing at the start of the universe as today. Well, at the start of the universe, they must have been created. Then... was the number created at the start sufficient to cater for increased population as the universe cooled, became more complicated and life evolved? What do the ones who haven't got bodies do, wait in some holding room? Do they draw lots as to who gets a go in the next body that becomes available? 

It's all a bit reductio ad absurdum. 

We probably do stick around for a bit when we go, I don't know, the electrical energy of the brain may persist, it might even get transmitted to receptive persons at the moment the ghost is given up. It may even then live on in the brain impulses of others having transferred its "program" to the minds of others. More than likely the persistence mechanism, belief in spirits and ghosts is just our memories of the person...

I think we should just enjoy life while we can...

Other useful links

WriteCheck, The Patent Office, The Carbon Trust, MathWorks, Science Daily.com, MIT technology review.com