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Y.K. Bae Corporation

October 09, 2014 13:06 ET

Physicist Discovers New Class of Ultra-High-Energy Molecules

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2014) - A class of molecules 100 - 1,000 times more energetic than typical has been discovered by Dr. Young K. Bae, a physicist at Y.K. Bae Corporation, Advanced Space and Energy Technologies under the auspices of DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency).

Called Metastable Innershell Molecular State (MIMS), these excimer-like high-energy molecules from highly compressed materials are a new molecular class that can be formed by any combination of elements. Investigation of stellar materials under extreme pressure is a research and technology frontier in astrophysics, inertial nuclear fusion, x-ray lasers, material and biological sciences.

According to noted theoretical physicist Friedwardt Winterberg, "The possibility of economically feasible nuclear fusion is made one step closer by Bae's experimental and theoretical works that are consistent with my theory on the existence of metastable super-explosives for generating soft x-rays for triggering nuclear fusion in an energy-efficient manner."

The MIMS discovery has the potential to open whole new scientific fields, High Energy Molecular Physics and Chemistry, in addition to enabling scientists to harness "stellar" materials for a wide range of innovations, including the further shrinking of semiconductor components, development of highly energy-efficient x-ray lasers for medical and industrial applications, and generation of intense soft-x-rays for inertial nuclear fusion. "This discovery is sure to stimulate searches for MIMS x-ray signatures in planets, stars and perhaps black holes," according to Dr. Bae.

While inner-shell electrons are normally resistant to molecule formation, in stellar conditions they become reactive to form molecular structures. Dr. Bae demonstrated the energy-efficient generation method for MIMS in a Nanoparticle Hypervelocity Impact test using a tabletop apparatus he developed at Y.K. Bae Corp. The laboratory testing confirms earlier research observations at Brookhaven National Lab where he first observed the phenomena*.

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Dr. Bae first reported his MIMS discovery in the science journal, Physics Letters A, this year and available online ( Prevailing research has focused on a super-heavy quasimolecule class with combined atomic numbers exceeding 100, a very short life, and collision behavior like a transuranium atom (heavier than a uranium atom). In a series of recent scientific papers, Dr. Bae describes the quasimolecule as a manifestation of MIMS. Extensive analyses and theoretical data modeling led to his breakthrough of a unified MIMS model that applies to virtually all elements in the periodic table++.

The Y.K. Bae Corporation was founded in 2007 by Dr. Young K. Bae for the purpose of developing highly innovative space propulsion and emerging energy technologies for commercial and government applications. Dr. Bae has pursued advanced physics concepts such as antimatter and fusion propulsion for more than 25 years at SRI International, Brookhaven National Lab, and the Air Force Research Lab after obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. He is an inventor of Photonic Laser Thruster, an energy-efficient photon thruster for next-generation space endeavors.

*In 1991 at Brookhaven National Lab Dr. Bae and his colleagues generated stellar materials with pressures exceeding a record-breaking 100 million atmospheric pressure. The demonstration produced anomalous signals that defied scientific interpretation. Prof. Friedwardt Winterberg at University of Nevada first proposed the existence of x-ray emitting high-energy molecules on theoretical grounds in his 2007 APS meeting abstract, and the publication in Z. Naturforschung 63a, 35-41, 2008 (submitted July 20, 2007), "Transient Formation of Superexplosives under High Pressure for Fast Ignition." Dr. Bae's subsequent work led to the discovery that a new class of ultra-high-energy metastable molecules (MIMS) bound by inner-shell electrons were responsible for the signals observed in 1991. 

++Studying hard x-ray generating collisions, Dr. Bae discovered a universal law for the binding energy, Z2-dependency (Z is the atomic number of the constituent atoms of MIMS), of the MIMS bound by K-shell electrons (K-MIMS). He also developed a unified theory to explain Z-dependent behavior of the K-MIMS, which behaves much like a helium excimer molecule He2. His theory also led to a 1/Z dependency law for the bond length of K-MIMS. For example, based on the MIMS theory, the uranium K-MIMS is predicted to have a 100 times smaller bond length, a 2,000 times larger binding energy, and a 5,000 times larger characteristic x-ray energy than the He excimer molecule. The predicted bond lengths of the bismuth and uranium MIMS are in excellent agreement with estimates from the experimental results by Prof. Mokler and his team at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany in 2006.

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