Researchers at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain were able to create the world's first 'magnetic wormhole'.
Though different from what was initially perceived as wormhole in futuristic movies, this technology has abilities that may reshape the world we have today.
The team of experts has designed a spherical device that can transfer a magnetic field from one point to another. The researchers were inspired by the theoretical work of Allan Greenleaf, a professor of mathematics at the University of Rochester in New York.
Greenleaf was the first to propose the idea of an electromagnetic wormhole that could transfer electromagnetic waves through an "invisible tunnel" between two points in space.
According to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports
, “However, an actual realisation has not been possible until now."
“Using magnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces, our wormhole transfers the magnetic field from one point in space to another through a path that is magnetically undetectable.”
Researchers developed a three-layered sphere which consists of an iron magnet surface, a superconducting matter in the middle, and a ferromagnetic cylinder on the inside. The creation of this technology took about 4 months, experts say.
The Scientific American says the wormhole is rather the “realisation of a futuristic ‘invisibility cloak’”, and not a “space-time wormhole”.
Mr Prat-Camps said in an interview
, “The wormhole we have developed is a spatial wormhole for magnetic fields."
“This means that the device transfers magnetic fields from one point in space to another point through a path… as if the transfer was made through an extra-spatial dimension."
“The design only works for magnetic fields and, thus, cannot transfer matter as gravitational wormholes would.”
Researchers said that the best use of this wormhole technology can be applied to MRI machines we use today. It would enable doctors to take photos of a body from a greater distance, eliminating the need of an enclosed space of the machine.