A Note on Unobtanium
Unobtanium is a super strong material often used in Science Fiction novels. References to it under various names may be found in Spinnerette, Ringworld, and Space Viking.
The super-strength of unobtanium is achieved by strengthening the inter-atomic bonds; these bonds are strengthened using the very strong nuclear force, which is mediated by Bogons. It is well known (see the article in the Scientific American for details) that high temperature superconductivity is mediated by Anyons, which can exist in two space but not three space. Similarly, Bogons can exist in one space but not in 2 or 3 space.
Unobtanium filaments are crystal tubes enclosing a one dimensional space. The effect is achieved by first inducing superconductivity in a planar space and then continuously deforming the crystal plane enclosure into a crystal tube. When one dimensionality is achieved the superconducting current breaks symmetry to split into a gravitational component and a very strong nuclear force component. The very strong nuclear force component strengthens the filament along the longitudital direction and the gravitational component binds the crystalline matrix to the filament.
Unobtanium should not be excessively stressed. When an unobtainum filament is stressed the resistence of the very strong nuclear force component strengthens the gravitational component. If the stress is sufficient the filament collapses into a black hole string which explodes via the Hawking effect.
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