The idea of traveling through time has fascinated people for millennia, but it has always been considered a fantasy – until now. Scientists have discovered evidence of time travel at the microscopic level. Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochovicz are the lead authors of the study, Time Reversibility During Material Aging, published in Nature Physics.
The study conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany investigates how time is effectively “stirred” in the structure of materials like glass. Research reveals that time does not behave in a strictly linear fashion. The study examines how the composition of the material changes over time. Glass has one of the most intriguing structures of all the objects we use every day. Instead of adhering to more traditional molecular structures, glass molecules consistently move to different locations, effectively reversing time at the molecular level. To test this concept, scattered laser light was used to observe glass structures. The researchers witnessed glass samples being pushed and twisted into new arrangements. “Minor fluctuations in the molecules had to be documented using an ultra-sensitive video camera,” said Professor Blochovich.
While this finding may not bring us any closer to actually traveling through time, it will certainly change how we think about certain materials that we use every day. This research comes on top of a new study from 2023 that challenges our understanding of the feasibility of time travel. In essence, this research suggests that time in the universe is unidirectional because of a new study on light and its relationship with other objects.