Much of the current thinking in the Shroud skunkworks is that the correspondance is within the tolerance ranges of gaseous diffusion of heavy amines. Other possibilities, without regard to miraculous causation, would include an ionizing radiation or corona discharge -- though some physicists have real problems with this.
The differences, such as the nose on the reverse side which doesn't show the same extension as the front, are probably completely due to chemical reaction differences, image inhibition by bloodstains, and diffusion of amine reactants if the catalyst or the reactant is gaseous.
I am not a physicist either, but I know what sort of scientist Fanti is and I know what sort of scientist Ray Roger, UCLA fellow and former head of the bomb explosives group for the Los Alamos Laboratory, is, and they agree emphatically that this rules out forgery or any form of artistic or crafty technique.
Fanti's words are clear: "It is extremely difficult to make a fake with these features."
In fact, the skunkworks group has been working with the double superficiality of the images for some time now. It is hard to imagine how this could be mechanically or artistically produced.
posted on 04/13/2004 3:31:34 PM PDT
I would have said that it is extremely easy to make a fake with these features, since by the 21st c. we are so clever...and then, if it is just a matter of some sugars and starches, let these brilliant physicists of ours replicate it. Can someone not make a linen as linens were made, dry it in the sun, cover a dead critter for a few hours and see what they get? If it's gaseous diffusion of heavy amines it should happen with the usual reliability of natural phenomena.
This chemical explanation is fine with me but can they demonstrate it?
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