QMUL People: R.O. Cornwall
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.
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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:
Paper (1st draft)
Bona fides: 1 2 3
"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:
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
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.
(The misuse of the No-communication Theorem)
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
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
It may turn out that viewing physics on a 3+1
footing again, with Lorentz invariance generated by the fields, could offer a
Paper 4 (vixra.org) (A Mechanism for the Effects of Relativity)
of Giancarlo Ghirardi's use of No-communication Theorem)
of Giancarlo Ghirardi 2nd part)
of the no-Communication Theorem by Decoherence Theory)
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
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