Parallel Non-intersecting Worlds

This morning I had a very highly detailed dream, perhaps from another world.



In that dream I was talking to an important Japanese dude and his two sempai. I was explaining to him about interpersonal interactions and he bought me an Asahi beer. Later this conversation became formal and I was making a presentation to him in a plush office in Mayfair at the behest of a boutique UK skills firm. It was similar to the room at Fleming Family and Partners where we discussed million pound investment in Powerlase, I being the last founder on the board. The boutique firm were trying to recruit me. I said that we could rent out the Royal Institution for future events for the Japanese company. The Japanese dude liked the idea and was very receptive to whatever it was that I was saying.


When I got back to my small house {in the dream} on the floor outside the house was a posh envelope from the boutique. In that was a job offer for a guaranteed £60 k. p.a. plus substantial perks and share capital.


We woke up and could hear Bowie the cat crying downstairs for attention. She is in two minds now that it is warm. She is showing us less attention and is often out in the garden hunting. My suspicion is that as it gets cold and the log fire burns, she will spend more time cwtched up on the sofa. I am the chief tick remover so we have a love hate relationship from time to time.

As I did my morning constitutional circumambulation of the pond, the coypu fled off into Le Jaudy and our resident heron flew off up into one of the pines on the “football pitch”. The wife tried to contact the log supplier and is now out watering. Later on, I will use the Kawasaki pump to fill the pond from the river, I will repair coypu damage and then do some strimming frenzy.


Yesterday, I had my application for patent approved. It contains things like photonic circuits and optical fibres, non-linear optics and lasers. It seems to me that this is by way of a “wild card” and could be the only thing with even the slightest risk of coupling these worlds.


It is like two uncoupled worlds which fail to intersect. They pass like ships in the night unaware of each other. There being only a febrile glancing dream to leave little more than a shadow hint of a passing.




“In Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey Book IX, Odysseus tells how adverse north winds blew him and his men off course as they were rounding Cape Malea, the southernmost tip of the Peloponnesus, headed westwards for Ithaca:

    I was driven thence by foul winds for a space of 9 days upon the sea, but on the tenth day we reached the land of the Lotus-eaters, who live on a food that comes from a kind of flower. Here we landed to take in fresh water, and our crews got their mid-day meal on the shore near the ships. When they had eaten and drunk I sent two of my company to see what manner of men the people of the place might be, and they had a third man under them. They started at once, and went about among the Lotus-eaters, who did them no hurt, but gave them to eat of the lotus, which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching lotus with the Lotus-eaters without thinking further of their return; nevertheless, though they wept bitterly I forced them back to the ships and made them fast under the benches. Then I told the rest to go on board at once, lest any of them should taste of the lotus and leave off wanting to get home, so they took their places and smote the grey sea with their oars.

Quantum Optics Patent – Grant Approved!!

I have just received a letter from the Intellectual Property Office in Newport, South Wales.

They have decide to grant me a patent for my “cyfarpar i gynhyrchu parau ffoton” patent application!!


This patent application I wrote myself; no expensive patent attorney used or required.

So, this is probably the only quantum optics patent granted without any lawyer input and almost certainly the only one written in our rural commune of ~1800 souls in Côtes d’Armor.

This means that I will have three granted patents in a few weeks’ time… two US and one UK.

So maybe there is a tiny bit of boffin juice left…

cyfarpar i gynhyrchu parau ffoton

The subject of my patent application is entangled photon pairs and it seems to me that this is a metaphor for karmic entanglement with the past. My “pet theory” remains that because some people have unresolved karma pertaining to me, I experience karmic breakthrough at a distance of hundreds of kilometres. It is only a pet theory but why otherwise would people from the past continue to impinge unasked and without any conscious forethought into my dreams.

I will metaphorically piss myself laughing if, in the next few days, I get a letter from the Intellectual Property Office after my dream the other day.

There is a part of me tempted to call our local newspaper “Le Trégor” and let them know.

Boffin gallois ….

“Eccentric Welsh ex-scientist from a small village in Brittany gets quantum optics patent granted at the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom.”

They were interested when a scouse teacher took the piss about football…


Bodhidharma on the Nature of Mind

« Bodhidharma (sanskrit en devanāgarī : बोधिधर्म « enseignement de sagesse » ; chinois simplifié : 菩提达摩, pútídámó ou 達摩, dámó ; japonais : 達磨, daruma ; c. fin du Ve et début du VIe siècle), moine bouddhiste persan originaire d’Inde, est le fondateur légendaire en Chine de l’école Chan, courant contemplatif (dhyāna) du mahāyāna, devenue au Japon l’école zen connue en Occident. L’école Chan prétendant remonter au Bouddha, Bodhidharma est considéré comme son 28e patriarche et comme son premier patriarche chinois.

Il existe peu d’informations biographiques qui lui soient contemporaines, et les indications subséquentes ont été surchargées de légendes. Les principales sources chinoises divergent sur ses origines, le faisant venir soit d’Inde ou d’Asie centrale.

Dans tout l’art bouddhique, Bodhidharma est dépeint sous les traits d’un non-Chinois au mauvais caractère, barbu un peu hirsute, aux grands yeux surmontés de sourcils broussailleux et à l’air sombre. Il est surnommé “Le grand voyageur” et “Le barbare aux yeux clairs” (chinois : 碧眼胡 ; pinyin : Bìyǎnhú) dans les textes chán.

En plus des textes chinois, de nombreuses traditions populaires courent sur les origines de Bodhidharma.

Le Nouveau recueil de biographies des moines éminents le fait arriver en Chine durant la dynastie Liu-Song (420-479), opinion retenue par la majorité des spécialistes, mais L’Anthologie de la salle du patriarche situe sa venue sous les Liang (502-557). Toutes les sources s’accordent pour situer l’essentiel de son activité dans le royaume des Wei du Nord. »


Of previous good character…

“The defendant, of Abertillery Road, was arrested and later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard he was of previous good character.”


The above quotation is not unusual when it comes to reporting on criminal cases at the various county courts in the UK.

They also often comment that the perpetrator was an unpopular loner and did not mix well, whereas the victim is usually a great person, sociable and very well liked.

It is a moot point if anyone could bear witness as to whether or not I am/was of good character. For the last four years we have not had any face to face interaction other than supermarket, pharmacy, DIY store and medical. There are no contemporary witnesses.

I have sent my response of to the Intellectual Property Office {IPO} this morning and the application will now be examined {probably} which will lead to grant or refusal. I could possibly appeal in the case of the latter.

If granted it tickles me that a UK patent would be granted to an application written in rural Brittany, in a farming commune of ~1800 souls. This is like someone applying from deepest, darkest Pembrokeshire {assuming that the thought police allow us to make such a statement}. I’ll wager that it is the only quantum optics patent applied for in our communal postcode.

If it is granted it is unlikely to bother the Richter scale with its earth shaking impact. Most likely it will remain a curio, in the published literature. One day someone like me trawling through patents might stumble upon it. If their curiosity is piqued, they might type the name of the commune into Google maps. They might then think “odd” and carry on with whatever it is they were doing.

There is a feeling of “tidying up”. The germ of the idea, amongst others, arose before we left the UK. I have not bothered developing any of the other ideas, one of which was using molecular symmetry in Quantum computation.

The patent if granted will have cost me time and around a few hundred quid, not the ten grand or so one might spend with a patent attorney. All along the IPO noted that grant for those applying without a professional is much less likely. It seems like a “jobs for the boys” orientation.

‘Tis done.

In the realms of extremely unlikely someone might want to buy the patent off me.

Subject to grant or not, I have to decide whether to pay the fee, the patent can be re-instated subsequently, I understand.

It is possible that people have made all kinds of stories up about me over the decades and these perhaps without having made my contemporaneous acquaintance. I know people are prone to bullshit and extrapolate, checking facts is less popular, hearsay is more attractive.

I may not be “of previous good character”.

This office is now re-decorated and I will probably get rid of this 2007 vintage desk. I bought it to fit the cottage I moved into. There is a bit more finishing off to do and some serious wiping down.

Today we went to some places selling second hand goods, there were quite a few people looking to buy, perhaps due to the economic situation. There are some other things which we might put up for sale, we have reserved a stand.

There was a weird juxtaposition, ultrahigh technology before lunch and second hand clothes and nick-nacks in the afternoon…

Far out…

Patent Fun With Alice & Bob

The patent examiner has suggested that the above US patent application contains “prior art” but from the tone of his last letter he seems to have accepted my {semi-extensive} arguments against this.

He suggests that I replace “non-optical electric field”, which I added to the claims in the latest iteration, with “static direct current field” which is implicit and explicit in the description. I am not allowed to use non-optical field as this “extends” my claim.

It does differentiate explicitly between a three photon induced process and a four photon one!

This seems fair enough.

I am not allowed to use “non-resonant three photon process via the third order non-linear susceptibility”, this phrase actually removes generality and decreases the scope of the claim, rather than extending it. It fixes spontaneity into the description and does not allow for optical absorption and hence finite lifetime “states”. It has resonance without field “depletion” by any photon absorption. The maths covers this in the description.

It does not look as though we are too far apart. I probably need to sleep on it and use my AM fresh morning brain to respond.

The letter is not too divergent….hmnn

It would be good to get this off my desk so that I can get back into the garden…

Scientist Quotes

A physicist is just an atom’s way of looking at itself.

Niels Bohr

No, no, you’re not thinking; you’re just being logical.

Niels Bohr

Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.

Niels Bohr

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.

Niels Bohr

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.

Niels Bohr

And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call “sustained incoherence”.

David Bohm

The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.

David Bohm

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

Werner Heisenberg

Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability.

Werner Heisenberg

Think of colour, pitch, loudness, heaviness, and hotness. Each is the topic of a branch of physics.

Benoit Mandelbrot

There’s no sense in being precise when you don’t even know what you’re talking about.

John von Neumann

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.

Isaac Newton

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.

Isaac Newton

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

Isaac Newton

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.

Isaac Newton

Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.

Michael Faraday

Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.

Richard P. Feynman

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn’t get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.

Richard P. Feynman

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.

Paul Dirac

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.

Ernest Rutherford

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.

Konrad Lorenz

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.

Konrad Lorenz

Wot no Chips?

I have received an invite for an online meeting which I might just register for and observe. It sounds kind of “out there”.

“Quantum Chips in the Chips Act, European Commission expert workshop,

The planned European Commission workshop is a preliminary step towards defining specific actions for answering Europe’s ambitions in quantum chips, in particular from the industry point of view, and bringing forward specific actions. It will cover the following three topics: Pilot lines, Supply chain, Private funding. The establishment of an EU quantum chips value chain from early lab prototyping to a professional level of design, testing, fabrication, integration, and production, similar to that of the semiconductor industry and photonics, will be discussed during the workshop. As a result, a list of possible actions for short-, medium-, and long-term implementations will be prepared in order to support the industrialisation and scaling up of quantum chips in the EU under the Chips for Europe Initiative. Participation is open to representatives of industry and academic research from the EU specifically involved in the development and industrialisation of quantum chips.”

The EU has started  the Chips Act {no Cod or Pollack required}. It seems like a good idea to have a homegrown ecosystem. The biggest high end lithography tool maker is ASML in Holland, though Intel, Samsung and TSMC all have a decent sized shareholding. As you can see for the 5nm node it gets damn expensive to build a fab – about 20 billion dollars…


Where will the great British Chippie get its chips from?

It will have to outsource…


It looks like the EU is thinking about deep pockets and long arms. Some serious funding may be possible.


What would the implications be for me registering to a EU event, by residency I am ok…they have an option to use “private individual” as organisation , which is a nice change as I am not institutionalised.