Note: This research was begun many years before cold fusion was discovered and there is no known connection between that work and Aesthetron.


Operation of Aesthetron is straightforward:
1.The object to be tested is placed on the lower platform.
2.The engine assembly, containing the axial and lateral probes, is lowered to rest on the top of the object.
3.A brief calibration is performed to verify consistency of data coupling between the experimentors.
4.Testing forces are applied, and readings taken.
5.Shards are carefully collected so the object can be returned to the owners for restoration.
6.Aesthetron is recharged for subsequent tests.

The forces necessary for testing ceramic objects are achieved using a simple but elegant design. Commonly available standard 40 watt lightbulbs are configured as a non-linear quantum pump. As with most simple-hardware solutions to complex problems, the configuration of the components is critical.

Twelve lamps are arranged as points on one cycle of a helix, perpendicular to the axis of the object to be tested and laterally to the Aesthetron. The spacing of the points is approximately eighteen inches (the exact distance is determined experimentally at setup), and fine-tuning is achieved by bending the lamp bases slightly.

Electrical current is supplied to the lamps through a sequencing circuit so that the lamps light in an order from the furthest to the nearest lamp in relation to the object under test. Ephemeral forces are thus "swept" toward the machine in a process similar to that observed in lasing and masing devices. The acceleration and terminal speed of the sequence are carefully chosen to stimulate and match the narrow bandwidth at which the characteristic resonance of the combination of forces is amplified.

The "wind" thus created is directed toward the object and concentrated by photon focussers on the Aesthetron - setting up the electro-molecular conditions in the ceramic material, which then is ready for probing operations.

Vertical probing begins at the instant of highest concentration of the forces, and continues until readings have been taken. This probe is driven rhythmically into contact with the object by a solenoid. Finally, the lateral probe signals an end to the process. This probe, moving in an arc behind the machine, releases the stimulated electro-molecular resonance, creating a field effect that is detected by data collection apparatus direct coupled to the experimentors.

During probing operations an electronic detonator positioned in the base of Aesthetron detonates a catalytic mixture that aids in the purging of post-firing products which could interfere with readings. The mixture used was a combination of Potassium nitrate, flowers of sulphur, and carbonaceous powder. The post-firing products are emitted as a thick white smoke, causing some environmental health concerns. Risk/benefit analysis revealed no more danger to the experimentors than might be expected from breathing the gasses produced by an ignited box of common wooden kitchen matches.

Yet to be explained is the uncanny correlation with revered numerical quantities that became conspicuous as testing was carried out. The 'Golden Proportion' is shown here as it appeared on a light-emitting diode display (+/-0.001), and the geometric derivation of the ratio is illustrated among the original (1977) drawings.