I don't know where else to put this, it seems like a sci fi topic.
I came up with a theory to how an indestructible material would have to work, and want to know what you people think.
Pretty much I thought of 2 major requirements for this to work.
1. It couldn't be made up of atoms, or quarts or anything smaller than the actual material, because if there are "moving" parts, those parts could move and so it could break, bend, ware, and so on.
2. It would have to be in a constant state of absolute zero, if it could be heated, then it could be bent....etc. Also, the absolute zero kinda results from the first rule, because if there aren't any atoms or anything to excite, how would it heat up.
I believe what you propose is impossible with current materials and understanding of thermodynamics.
The crystalline structures formed during state changes (from a liquid to a solid) become frozen in imperfect structures due to the lack of perfect heat homogeneity: thermodynamic systems are very varied. If you could create a 0 entropy system for your state changes, you could create perfectly arranged crystalline structures provided you place each atom/molecule, individually.
However, that still does not guarantee an indestructible material, even at absolute zero. There are limits to how much "strength" each crystalline structure provides and there is a limit to the amount of "cohesion" the bonds have (two faucets of the same weakness.)
However, there are some amazing structures and really strong bonds created such as those in graphene. Still, it is not even remotely strong enough to be indestructible.
There's also the problem of using an indestructible material in a high entropy system such as ...reality. As soon as you tried to apply the absolute zero material to any functional form, you'd cease to have the object at absolute zero as that "system" would experience energy transference in the form of heat (That's just one of a plethora of energy transferences). Additionally, there's the problem of the material sublimating. Even if you create a virtually indestructible material, like adamantium, simply heating it up would cause it to sublimate at a higher rate, those proving that it is not indestructible. Simply exposing the material to attempt to use it would cause these.
I don’t want to make a sweeping statement, but we’ve pretty much maximized crystalline structures based on arrangement that focuses on maximum strength. We could make a minor improvement with our arrangements, but I do not think we will make any sort of geometric strength increases above and beyond what we have now.
Best possible way to make something indestructible? Make it made out of some sort of exotic stuff that is not subject to our universe’s laws of physics. Manipulating the entropy of an isolated system is not it.
Honestly, Jaden could do a better job at explaining these things as he knows waaaaaaay more about this stuff than I do.
Scenes of Crime Officers only collect the evidence. They don't do the "science" bit. They generally are employed by the police forces directly in civilian roles. It's the lab scientists that are taking the brunt of the cuts.
There will no doubt be a string of small private companies start popping up all over the country that will bid, perhaps even on an individual case by case basis. Loads will start up...Loads will collapse within the 1st year...Some will succeed and take over other forensic companies and eventually things will stabilize into a fully privatised sector that works by contracts and sub-contracts.
The problem is that the FSS conducts the vast majority of research into new forensic techniques and there will be virtually no funding available for that....Meaning that we will be stuck at the current limits of forensic science that there is now for years to come.
My degree is Information System Assurance and Forensics, so I'm not too far away from your area: I'm just waaaaaay less focused on chemical testing in a lab, like you are. IMO, chemists and astro/quantumphysicists are much more suited for "absolute-zero" discussions than most.
Oh, yeah, I didn't mean that it would be possible, neither of those things are. Having material not made of smaller particles just being pure matter (which my friend pointed out to me, is pretty much just a black hole), and absolute zero.
I was just thinking of if it were to exist, what would be required for it to exist
edit: oh yeah, just read the rest of your post.
I was a little unclear, I meant that both of those are required for it to be indestructible. Being made from solid matter, AND the perpetual absolute zero (which is impossible, which you pointed out). But if the object was not made of atoms, or any smaller particles, wouldn't the object be in a constant state of absolute zero (theoretically, since it is not possible, with our current knowledge anyway), since there would be no particles to excite, thus nothing to heat up?
Last edited by menokokoro on Jan 16th, 2011 at 06:14 AM