Team: Levi Blackstone and Matthew Woller
Area of Science: Computer Science (Encryption)
School: Alamogordo High School
Title: Encryption Application of Young's Double-Slit Experiment
Thomas Young carried out an experiment in 1801 demonstrating the wavelike properties of particles of light (photons). In this experiment, light was shown through two narrow side-by-side slits. The pattern of light produced on a screen behind the slits was a sine pattern, caused by the influence of constructive and destructive wave interference.
Our program will be based on the patterns of interference observed in this experiment. Various elements in our data set will be mapped to specific positions in an array representative of the screen behind the slits in Young's experiment. Along with some method of character reassignment, the generated patterns should be quite difficult, if not impossible, to decrypt without the private key.