Quantum Physics


Information Content of the Universe and a Helium Atom

Authors: Rodney Bartlett

Today’s hard drives require about a million atoms to store one bit. Nanotechnology is testing methods to store an electronic 1 or 0 using a cluster of 12 iron atoms or a molecule created from two uranium atoms. These paragraphs go way beyond present technology. The first step suggests technology of the extremely distant future will manipulate quarks to store 3 bytes in a single helium atom. The second step suggests helium is united with atoms of iron, uranium, etc. via wave-particle duality and has a potential information content, thanks to cosmic wormholes, equal to the universe's (here, that data content is limited to the observable universe's and estimated as 3x10 exponent 80 bytes). Since there were originally 8 bits in a byte, an alternative way of viewing a helium atom would be to regard it as being composed of eight times 3 times 10 exp. 80 bits or BInary digiTS (again underestimating the true data content since this value is based on the observable universe, and I believe the universe is actually infinite).

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