[ExI] Neutrino interaction web

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 19:11:19 UTC 2011

I had an idea for a physics experiment, which I'm sure there are probably
holes with.  I suspect someone on this list can point them out.

Assume subatomic manipulators.  (So, this can't be done with today's tech.)

Start with a triangle of 3 carbon atoms, each bonded to the other two.  (Other
configurations are possible, but this is the simplest.)

Attach a line of neutrons from each nucleus to the centerpoint of the triangle,
each neutron bound by the strong force to its neighbors.  Making the lines
without them crumpling up would be a trick, but once the lines exist and
connect, each line would pull on the other two to prevent them from simply
collapsing (though they might pull the carbon atoms closer than they would
otherwise be).

Then connect points on these lines with further lines of neutrons, making a
spider web.  I suspect you couldn't make a solid sheet of neutrons without
some active way to prevent them from simply collapsing into a ball - but
this way, you could get something close.

The end result would, among other things, be able to present a barrier to
neutrinos - possibly a way to make use of the vast solar wind of them
passing through us every second, as a (very tiny, albeit tesselatable: just
arrange the carbon atoms in a crystal sheet) sail getting a mostly constant
wind.  (Indeed, given the volume of this wind, I suspect that would be the
primary use for such a device at first.)

So, what am I overlooking that would cause this to fail?

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