The construction of the pyramids by the Ancient Egyptians has fascinated scientists, scholars and the general public for years. While most tend to believe they were used as sacred burial tombs for the pharaohs, other, more reasoned and logical, minds know the pyramids are some form of alien technology with a purpose us mere mortals are yet to truly understand.
Whatever your thoughts there’s no doubt they are amazing constructions, but it appears we might be one step closer to learning the truth behind the giant structures after a Russian research team discovered the Great Pyramid of Giza might be able to focus electromagnetic radiation into small pockets of energy in the network of tunnels and chambers found inside.
In the published paper about the experiments, Dr Andrey Evlyukhin from ITMO University explained, “We decided to look at the Great Pyramid as a particle dissipating radiation waves resonantly.”
The team looked at the relationship between the shape of the Great Pyramid and its ability to focus electromagnetic energy. The scientists created a model of the pyramid to measure electromagnetic responses. They used various waves of energy ranging from 200 to 600 metres to understand how the pyramid absorbs wave energy.
Scientists used a technique called multipole analysis – a method often used in physics to study the interaction between a complex object and electromagnetic field – to find out how the energy is stored in the pyramid.
“It is shown that basically the Pyramid scatters the electromagnetic waves and focuses them in to the substrate region,” the paper states.
The pyramid concentrates the energy in hidden chambers, including areas that contained the remains of Pharaoh Khufu and his wife, along with a third unfinished chamber at the base of the structure.
Now that they understand energy can be harvested in such shapes, scientists want to find out if by creating nanoparticles shaped like the Great Pyramid they can form concentrated energy we can use in everyday life.
“Choosing a material with suitable electromagnetic properties, we can obtain pyramidal nanoparticles with a promise for practical application in nanosensors and effective solar cells,” said Dr Polina Kapitanova, another ITMO University physicist who contributed to the paper.
While these findings are exciting, researchers are a long way off from being able to create nanoscale energy particles that have an everyday use.
Many claim the creation of energy by the pyramids points to the triangular shapes having another purpose, but scientists think it’s just a coincidence the pyramids can create and store energy and it wasn’t a process the Ancient Egyptians would have understood.