In 2011, I started a photography project called “Quantum Materials”. The goal was to create a series of images based on the science of quantum materials. The first image, an infrared image of a hydrogen atom, was taken in 2007. The second image, an ultraviolet image of a carbon nanotube, was taken in 2008. The third image, an ultraviolet image of a zinc blende glass, was taken in 2011. I then took a lot of image series of crystals.
By 2011 I was becoming aware that, even though the physics of these compounds was exactly the same as the physics of liquid crystals, I didn’t really know how they worked. By 2012 I was beginning to understand the basics of how the atoms, molecules, and nanotubes were made, so I set out to make a series of experimental films that would capture these images.
I’ve noticed that over the past two or three years, I’ve become a rather avid fan of the video game “Quantum Mechanics”. It uses the concept of complex systems (like the internet or the universe) to explain how the fundamental building blocks of a material (like atoms, molecules, or nanotubes) are arranged in ways that can be described by equations.
So, Ive decided to build my own experimental films based on the theoretical concepts in the book and the game, and to see if they can actually be made to work. So, Ive got some experimental films that Ive made of some of the things that happen in the game, and Ive also filmed myself playing the game.
Ive come to the conclusion that quantum materials are, indeed, possible. In the game, Ive watched a large number of films made using materials Ive made using quantum materials, and they all seem to be working as intended. This is the first one Ive played with the game, and it was a bit strange at first. Ive decided to try a new tactic by shooting my fingers through the quantum material in the middle of the universe and seeing what happens.
The idea of using quantum materials to create some sort of synthetic reality is not as wild as Ive originally thought. In fact, the first time Ive tried it I was pretty positive it would end up failing. What’s weird is the fact that the materials are still functioning after being shot through the quantum material. What’s even weirder is that they don’t seem to be broken. In fact, they seem to be working.
Some materials, like graphene, are made of carbon atoms with no size or charge restrictions. In addition, most materials are made of atoms that are able to move in a direction that is perpendicular to the plane they were originally made on. This means that you can make a material that can move in only one direction. Since we know how the universe is made, it makes sense that we should be able to make a material that can be made in only one direction.
Quantum materials are a fairly new field in material science and they are not yet widely used. This is partially due to the difficulty in creating them, but also because it is difficult to design a material that functions in a desired way. In fact, most materials are not well understood even at a molecular level.
Quantum materials are something of a catch-all category for material science, being composed of various sub-categories. Quantum materials can be made to move only in one direction (like a material made of magnets, for example), and they can also be made to move in two, three, or four directions (like a material made of magnetic fields).