Scientists intend to find out if we live in a two-dimensional hologram

It may sound like crazy talk, but the idea that the universe is just a huge projection is a very serious matter taken by physicists, and a simulation by scientists at Ibaraki University in Japan even seems to provide evidence that we all live. in a hologram.

In fact, this theory was introduced in the late 1990s - well before the Japanese study - and, as crazy as it sounds, it helped explain some incompatibilities between Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum physics. Basically, while relativity theory governs questions on the planet and galaxy scale and quantum physics governs questions on the subatomic scale, the holographic principle unifies the two.

Holographic universe

According to Motherboard, US government researchers have started a series of experiments that they believe could help determine if everything that exists - me, you, the planets and all things in the universe - is in a cosmos. holographic two dimensions.

Turning to kids, researchers want to find out if our reality is not the same as TV characters that exist in a seemingly three-dimensional world, but actually only exist in a two-dimensional world without being aware of it. It's more or less out there!

As Craig Hogan, director of Fermilab, a renowned laboratory specializing in the study of high-energy particle physics, explained, it is possible that all information about everything in the universe is encoded in small data packages - think of computer bits. - in two dimensions.

According to Hogan, for thousands of years there has been the idea that space is made of dots and lines. However, it is possible that this notion is mistaken, and that the cosmos is made of waves, just as matter and energy. In other words, this means that it is possible that the universe is not fully defined.


Hogan makes an analogy with the pixels in a photo to explain this idea: from afar we see an image, but if we get close enough, we begin to see the dots that make up the whole, and the figure looks less definite.

For the scientist, it is possible that the same idea applies to everything that exists, that is, if we observe matter closely, beyond the subatomic level, we may find that the universe is also poorly defined and in constant and slight movement., and all the information about it is contained in small pixels trillions and trillions of times smaller than an atom.

And if all the information is contained in a quantum system, that of pixels trillion times smaller than an atom, then each bit must have the same fluctuations that make the cosmos vibrate and become agitated, altering everything in its own right. return. Yeah ... sheer craziness.


The experiments started by the Americans aim to determine if the universe exists as described above. For that - which seems like an impossible mission! - Researchers will conduct tests in a Fermilab lab called a Holometer, equipped with two devices called interferometers capable of emitting superpowered lasers (with the power of 200, 000 of those laser pens).

The two interferometers are positioned side by side and release beams of light directed at an instrument that divides the lasers and directs them to two species of arms 40 meters in length positioned perpendicularly. The light is then reflected back to the splitting instrument, and the beams recombine, creating fluctuations in the light if there is any movement.

Then the researchers led by Hogan should compare the beams to see if any interference has occurred. And if they detect any interference, depending on their nature, it may mean that they have found a sign of the fluctuations caused by the quantum system - and that the cosmos is not entirely defined. Or maybe we live in a universe like the movie "The Matrix"?

Possible implications

According to the researchers, if it turns out that we are actually living in a hologram, the conclusion we can draw from this is that reality is made up of a limited amount of information. It would be something like watching a movie through cable TV, but the signal provider does not offer enough bandwidth for viewing: the images will appear fuzzy and somewhat disturbed.

Thus, in our reality, nothing will exist completely static, but always with a little movement. At the moment, the tests have just begun and the first results should be released within a year. However, if you are interested in delving deeper into the subject, check out the document published by the researchers below.

Hologram world