For millennia, the idea of time travel has fascinated humans, but it was always thought of as a work of fiction. That is, until now. Scientists have discovered evidence of time travel at a microscopic level. Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz are the lead authors of a study titled “Time reversibility during the aging of materials,” published in Nature Physics.
The study conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany examines how time behaves in the structure of materials like glass. It reveals that time does not behave in a strictly linear manner, as previously thought. Glass has an intriguing molecular structure that allows it to move around internally, effectively reversing time on a molecular level. The researchers used scattered laser light to observe the glass structures and saw them push and reform into new arrangements. To document these minuscule fluctuations in molecules, an ultra-sensitive video camera was used, as Professor Blochowicz explained: “You can’t just watch the molecules jiggle around.”
While this knowledge may not bring us any closer to being able to travel in time, it will certainly change our understanding of certain materials used daily. This research comes after another study from 2023 that challenges our understanding of the feasibility of time travel altogether. The study suggests that time in the universe is unidirectional due to a new study into light and its relationship with other objects.