Stone, Jirina R.

Jirina Rikovska StoneJiriona_Stone

Department of Physics

Physical Review C: Tensor and pairing interactions within the quark-meson coupling energy-density functional, September 2020

Third email: July 20, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. Jirina Stone:

If you are ever back in Knoxville, I would enjoy the opportunity to come to say “Hello,” or, as they say, “Meet and greet!” On occasion, I cross over that way to go to Wofford College, to a dear friend’s memorial site for his dad in Tryon, North Carolina, or to other friends and projects throughout those blue mountains. Also, at some point I hope my path would involve an experimentalist inside the national lab at Oak Ridge.

New simple ideas. Yes, the old ones are tired and do not work as well as we’ve all hoped. And, yes, nature does like simplicity. Quite some time ago, John Wheeler sent me a copy, a preprint of Frontiers of  Time. His vacation home in Maine was just down the street from our family’s old, dilapidated farm. Of course, you have had a most special bridge to Wheeler. I hadn’t read that one of your collaborators was Cheuk-Yin Wong at ORNL. Very nice.

As a thought experiment, it might be productive to have had just four of you together (perhaps include Ted Barnes) to take as a given, “The Planck units describe a really real state of beingness. Now, in how many possible ways might we describe it?”

We are so much bunched up at the wave-particle duality door, our brains naturally jam. Can’t we open it up to logic and mathematics for 64 doublings of the Planck Length and Planck Time? Can’t we have some breathing room for the simplest of our geometries to dynamically manifest?

For at least forty years I have been in the background of a group of geometers, mostly university professors, who readily conceive every possible shape. We need those 64 doublings from the Planck scale to the wave-particle duality so toroidal nuclear shapes can have some space to come alive.

Enough of my silliness for the morning. It was lovely to hear from you.
Most sincerely,
Second email: July 18, 2020 @ 9:36 PM

RE: Perhaps I could find such a statement within your writings….

Dear Prof. Dr. Jirina Stone:

Today I happen to be re-engaging the paper you attached to your email back in 2017. It was written with M. Angeles Perez-Garcia and Joseph Silk, Dark Matter, Neutron Stars, and Strange Quark Matter. I particularly appreciated your comment that you sent to me regarding our first exchanges:

The *EoS of Baym et al. is still valid at the density you indicate. However, there are many models (which differ among themselves) regarding the structure of matter at high densities. It is likely that nucleons will change their identity – perhaps there will be a transition to interacting quark matter – nobody really knows. So, I do not think there is one answer to “how dense is too dense’. You may think about the density at the Big Bang – but a cosmologist would tell you much better. We are trying to develop models but there is very little to compare the outcome with too many loose ends.   *Baym, Pethick & Sutherland (1971)

Private communication

What a wonderful quote! Thank you.

Most sincerely,

First email: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 9:40 AM

1. ArXiv: Dark matter, neutron stars and strange quark matter
2. ArXiv: Finite nuclei and nuclear matter in the Ouark-Meson-Coupling Model (QMC)
3. Incompressibility in finite nuclei and nuclear matter

Dear Prof. Dr. Jirina Stone:

Thank you for all your very brilliant work. We are learning from you today (above). In our high school studies of the Planck base units we have arrived with unusual numbers. Within 2.38509×10-15 meters, is it possible to have a mass of 3.211962×1012 kg? It goes beyond one’s imagination.

Does the work of Baym, Pethick & Sutherland (1971) still hold whereby densities could approach 4.3×1014 kg/m3? There is so much to learn just to answer the question, “How dense is too dense?”

Nuclear pasta, saturation density… yes, so, so much to learn. Thank you.

Most sincerely,

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