Originally posted by Metal Brain
So it is useful for communication at longer distances than electromagnetic waves can? Is that the potential breakthrough?
It would seem to be superior to EM radiation in at least one respect: It would appear not to be stopped by intervening matter, like a thin copper sheet will reflect an EM wave making it impossible to communicate by radio inside a closed off metal box, for instance, or deep underground in mines although the deep mine thing is not totally true, there are systems that can communicate by basically electrically vibrating the entire planet and you get maybe 100 bits per second through, useful for last ditch effort backup communications with submarines, for instance, but that is not enough bandwidth for even a voice message, more like Morse code.
If they develop this new technique to its fullest, it may give us TV deep in mines and such, totally bypassing Electromagnetic waves completely.
Don't hold your breath on that one though, my guess is something like that will come when we are pushing daisies in the local deadhead association
I think so far, though, the speed will still be limited to C. I think the science guys think if you COULD communicate faster than C, there would be all kinds of timelike space loops and paradox problems, I think they have pretty much proven mathematically faster than C stuff is out of the question at least in this century.
Even limited to C, it would be a real breakthrough, communications between computer chips without using photons or electrons, that kind of thing, and a thousand other possibilities.