Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves
And the Leaning Tower of Pisa can pick up BBC World Service
The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, has remained an architectural mystery.
How was it built? Why are its dimensions so perfect? And, er, can it concentrate electromagnetic energy? Yes, it can, allegedly, according to a paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics.
"Egyptian pyramids have always attracted great attention,” said Andrey Evlyukhin, coauthor of the paper and an egghead at the ITMO University, Russia, earlier this week. "We as scientists were interested in them as well, so we decided to look at the Great Pyramid as a particle dissipating radio waves resonantly."
Computational models revealed that the pyramid's internal chambers and base were shaped in a way that can potentially concentrate radio waves using the phenomenon of resonance. Specifically, Evlyukhin asserted, the structure's inner spaces and foundation resonate when hit by external radio waves with a wavelength of 200 to 600 metres, and can control the propagation, scattering, and concentration of this electromagnetic energy.
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The design essentially allows the thing to, for example, direct this energy down to its base, form internal magnetic fields, and so on, according to the scientists behind the paper.
The researchers said they figured this all out after estimating the wavelengths that induced resonances within the pyramid's chambers; modeling the structure to work out how it scattered or absorbed electromagnetic energy while in a resonant state; and studying the distribution of electromagnetic fields within the building.
“Due to the lack of information about the physical properties of the pyramid, we had to use some assumptions," said Evlyukhin. "For example, we assumed that there are no unknown cavities inside, and the building material with the properties of an ordinary limestone is evenly distributed in and out of the pyramid. With these assumptions made, we obtained interesting results that can find important practical applications."
Indeed – according to the paper:
It is revealed that the Pyramid's chambers can collect and concentrate electromagnetic energy ... At the shorter wavelengths, the electromagnetic energy accumulates in the chambers providing local spectral maxima for electric and magnetic fields. It is shown that basically the Pyramid scatters the electromagnetic waves and focuses them into the substrate region.
The researchers believe that this is the first step in investigating the scientific properties of the other pyramids making up the Great Pyramids, and figuring out whether they have this weird ability to concentrate electromagnetic waves, too. ®