Cosmology# Planck time

## What is Planck time?

## About Planck time

## Characteristics

## History

## What is the Planck time for?

## How it is calculated?

## Importance of Planck time

When it comes to dealing with and talking about very **small things**, using **Planck time** is the measure of choice. It was named after the German physicist **Max Planck**, who was the founder of **quantum theory**. A unit of Planck time is the **time** it takes for **light** to travel, in the **emptiness**. When Planck are taken together, they become part of the larger **system** of natural units known as **Planck units.**

**Related topics**

Planck constant, Planck length

Planck time is a unit of **time** that is considered to be the **smallest time interval** that can be measured, or in other words, that can make **sense**.

In order to understand Planck time, we must first study and examine a concept related to the definition, the **Longitude Planck**. Very much like time, one can do a mental exercise in which one takes a meter and divides it in half and so on, asking the question once again how far one goes, whether there is an end or not, or whether everything continues to infinity.

Very similar to Planck time, there is also a **limit** between the **distances** to which the name Planck Length is given, which according to calculations in **quantum mechanics**, is the **smallest distance** that “makes sense” in the quantum world.

It is then concluded that Planck time is the time it would take for a **photon** of light traveling at the **speed of light** over a distance equal to Planck’s Length, that is, the shortest length a photon can travel in this Universe. This time lapse is known exactly and is equal to **10-43 seconds**, or in more familiar terms 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 second.

Its most important characteristics are the following:

- It represents the
**time**that a**photon**lasts when it travels at high light speeds in order to pass through a distance equal to the**length of Planck**. - From the point of view of
**quantum mechanics**, it represents the**minimum unit**that could be measured at first. - In the area of
**cosmology**, it represents the smallest**instant**of time in which the laws of**physics**could be used to study the**nature**and evolution of the Universe. - At Planck time, light in a vacuum travels approximately 1.62 ×10-35 m.
- Planck’s natural units are known among physicists as “the units of God” because depending on physical constants their use eliminates the anthropocentric arbitrariness in the system of units.
- At the time Planck presented his proposal about time,
**Quantum Mechanics**had not yet been invented.

It was originally proposed in 1899 by the German physicist **Max Planck**. He suggested that there were some **fundamental natural units** for measuring length, mass, time and energy. These Max Planck derived using dimensional analysis using only what he considered the most fundamental **universal constants**: the speed of light, Newton’s gravitational constant, and Planck constant. Many physicists consider Planck time to be the shortest possible time interval, however, this is still under discussion.

Planck also argued that this system of natural units would always remain the same as long as the **law of gravity**, which depends entirely on the constant of **universal gravitation G**, the **velocity of ligh**t in vacuum c, and the principles of **thermodynamics**, did not present any kind of variation.

Planck time is a law of **physics** that has been used to study the **nature** and **development** of the **universe**. It also serves to find out the smallest interval that can be measured which is determined by knowing how long it takes light to travel the length of Planck, which is the smallest **distance** that can be between two points in **space**, and where the forces of the universe can act.

The Planck time is calculated using the following formula:

Tp= √(hG/c5) = 5.39106(32) * 10 -44 seconds

Where:

- H is the
**reduced Planck constant**(also known as the Dirac constant) - G is the
**universal gravitational constant**; - c is the
**speed of light**in vacuum.

The Planck scale is important because it reflects the smallest recognized **physical theory** that recognizes that **atoms** are enormous. It has resulted in many physicists believing that **space** and **time** are **granular**, rather than continuous. But the size of the space grains compared to an atom would be about the same as the size of the atoms compared to the sun. And the size of time grains would be compared to one hundredth of a billionth of a second, much more than the one **hundredth** of a **billionth** of a **second** of the age of the universe.

Written by Gabriela Briceño V.

Briceño V., Gabriela. (2019). *Planck time*. Recovered on 27 October, 2023, de Euston96: https://www.euston96.com/en/planck-time/