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June 27, 1992

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Does Jupiter have new bolts?

LOOK at it this way: an outfit founded and paid for by a Texan
fried-chicken magnate hires (among others) a physicist who has done
government-sponsored work on extra-sensory perception. After nine
years of secretive research it says it has discovered that one of
the basic laws of electronics can be breached and that its ideas can
revolutionise the world of high technology. That is how sceptics
would describe the activities of Jupiter Technologies of Austin,
Texas.

Now look at it another way: a pioneering inventor and technologist
with a distinguished track record claims a breakthrough in his
field. After preliminary investigations, scientists and officials
from the CIA, America's armed forces and the departments of energy
and commerce convene a special meeting in Washington to look at his
ideas. Put that way it sounds less cranky. Next week an assessment
group set up by the defence department will try to distinguish
crankiness from truth.

The group will be investigating what Jupiter's chief inventor, Mr
Kenneth Shoulders, calls condensed-charge technology. Mr Shoulders,
who was for four years a staff scientist at the Stanford Research
Institute (SRI) in California, has invented and developed an
extraordinary mixture of gadgets, ranging from tiny radios to
backpack flying machines. He is best known as the father of vacuum
micro-electronics, the technology that seeks to miniaturise old-
fashioned vacuum tubes to a scale where they can compete with the
tiny transistors on silicon chips.

Mr Shoulders thinks he can use simple vacuum micro-electronic
components to compress electric charge in such a way that hundreds
of billions of electrons can be packed into spheres one millionth of
a metre across. That should not be possible. Particles with the
same charge are meant to repel each other. It normally takes a
great deal of force to persuade negatively charged electrons to
cluster together against their natural urges. Powerful magnetic
fields can do the trick. But it takes relatively large and heavy
equipment to generate the fields.

Mr Shoulder's compression devices are, he says, simple and
economical. His tiny nuggets of pure charge, as dense as a solid,
zip around at one-tenth the speed of light. For Mr Shoulders, the

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patterns of tiny bullet holes that are sometimes produced when
electrons are fired at various materials are marks of the impacts of
charge-clusters (or EVs, as he also calls them).

He thinks that EVs are in fact quite common--notably in the form of
lightning, which he considers to be made of them.

How might charge clusters overcome the forces of repulsion? One
theory (which Mr Shoulders himself is not wholly convinced by) has
been proposed by Jupiter's resident theoretician, Dr Harold Puthoff.
Dr Puthoff used to teach at Stanford University and work at SRI,
spending a little of his time on extra-sensory perception but most
of it on pastimes that are more usual for a physicist. He is the
co-author of a widely used standard text on lasers. He thinks that
the secret might lie in the Casimir effect.

The Casimir effect depends on a paradoxical finding of quantum
physics: that empty space is full of energy, in a form that cannot
be used or even--under normal circumstances--observed. This vacuum
energy exerts a certain pressure on all matter. Since the pressure
is normally the same in all directions, it tends not to be noticed.
However, when two metl plates are placed a few millionths of a metre
apart, they can shield each other from the pressure, at least to a
degree. That means that the pressure is greater on the outside
surfaces of the plates than on their inward, facing surfaces, with
the result that the plates get pushed together. The force on the
plates gets greater the closer they come. That is the Casimir
effect.

Dr Puthoff is much taken by vacuum energy. He has suggested that a
variant of the Casimir effect may be familiar to everybody as the
force of gravity. On a less cosmic scale, he suggests that the
electrons in a ball of condensed charge may be acting like Casimir
plates, shielding each other from the vacuum pressure. The vacuum
pressure would squeeze electrons into an EV ball, which would be
stopped from collapsing altogether by their natural repulsion.

Dr Puthoff's explanation has some plausibility, but--as he realises-
-would need much more detail to become enticing. However, leaving
aside the whys of the EVs' existence, the hows of their use would
certainly be interesting. An electronic device that was based not
on the movement of individual electrons (as today's devices are) but
on the flow of dense packets of charge should be far faster and more
efficient. The EVs would not need to travel along wires; they would
simply follow grooves etched in insulating materials.

Circuits and other basic electronic devices should therefore be
relatively easy to make, according to Mr Shoulders. The grooves
would be as straightforward to fashion as those etched in today's
compact discs.

Jupiter Technologies has a wish-list of applications for EVs. They
include medical X-ray machines the size of a pencil (a company
called CBI Labs in Schenectady, New York says it has already made an
X-ray device using EV technology), flat-panel high-definition
television displays and all sorts of high-speed communications
devices and computers. One reason that military agencies seem
especially interested is that electronic devices using EVs should
withstand the debilitating electromagnetic pulses created by nuclear
weapons.
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The company, which was founded in 1974 by Mr William Church (of
Church's Fried Chicken), a rich and retiring amateur scientist and
chess enthusiast, does not want to manufacture anything. It wants
to license the ideas that it is trying to parent. Will it find any
takers? If this month's investigation goes well, Jupiter will
probably have to fight back the applicants, and Mr Shoulders will
one day be as famous as the inventor of the transistor. If it
flops, EVs could end up as merely the strangest twist in the history
of the fried chicken business.

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