One of the universe’s biggest secrets is dark matter, representing five times more matter than any other. That’s the proportion in our universe, at least. An outlandish fresh hypothesis indicates that our physical reality can be connected to a parallel, mirror-image universe with inverse amounts of matter to dark matter.
The stunning theory is meant to solve an apparently intractable conundrum: Modern physics can not explain one of the most pervasive materials in the universe — and that which connects galaxies together and makes life possible.
However, there is no shortage of scientists claiming to have theoretical reasons for dark matter, and now physicist Leah Broussard and her research group offer a mind-boggling answer to the issue of the mystery: our universe is connected to a mirror-image alternate universe with its own molecules, galaxies, and life forms.
The hypothesis led from fresh neutrino tests that seem to suggest that some objects between our universe and the mirror-image universe can move back and forth. This may clarify the anomalous level of decline of the neutron, which does not appear to generate as many protons as it should. Broussard argues that the cause for this breach of parity and symmetry is the sharing with the mirror universe of 1 in 100 neutrons.
The idea of dark matter generating its own parallel universe — which may contain its own life forms of dark matter — is not recent, but scientists will be conducting an experiment for the first time that could provide evidence.
Such a mirror-universe, however, would be distinct from many other representations of alternative universes — including type 1 multiverse, which is fundamentally just an infinite world where material settings eventually repeat themselves.
It may even be different from a type 2 bubble multiverse, although Broussard describes it in similar terms, “It would form a bubble of reality nestling alongside our own familiar universe within the fabric of space and time, with some particles capable of switching between the two.”
This would suggest that universes could be inextricably interwoven, intertwined with their truths and atoms. It’s a surprise: What else could we share with our mirror universe? What else can cross over? Can we?