Another study also shows a neutron star with a dense outer layer, this indicates that the quantum theory is absolutely accurate that it does display a mysterious light emitting pattern. This assessment was made when waves of light from the star became distorted from the presence of the adjoined vacuum space.
This revelation has served as a breakthrough, scientists are now endorsing the quantum effect theory that was once famous in the 1930s.
The study was spearheaded by a team of scientist who were led by Roberto Mignani, from INAF Milan, in Italy. In the observations that were made public, the team revealed that the quantum effect known as “vacuum birefringence” resides in the empty space located near the neutron star.
In the team’s report they observed that they used the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in order to get specific details on the study of the neutron star RX J1856.5-3754, which lies at 400 light-years away from planet Earth.
Further experiments proves that the star’s light was very dim, making it impossible for astronomers to see the minute light without the use of the FORS2 instrument on the VLT telescope.
The team of scientist, also observed that the light of the neutron star was distorted by the vacuum space, thus implying that its interior was hollow. Most importantly, according to quantum theory, a vacuum space with virtual particles will appear distorted like light waves from a prism.
ESO, has now stated that this finding will only ratify the 80-year-old prediction of the interaction of light and matter at subatomic scales.
Astronomers Werner Heisenberg and Hans Heinrich Euler have argued how the strong impact of magnetic rays on light will create polorization phenomenon. The study also revealed that the passage of light through a strong magnetic field will create a new alignment will take place in the vacuum, which will be dictated by virtual particles. This they disclose is like a glare of light bouncing off a window.