In contrast to the fixed mass of the sister standards due to cleaning, the IPK has only been cleaned and measured the three times as shown and so the IPK shows the decay of mass predicted by the universal mass decay constant,

*m*, as shown. The

_{dot}*m*equation depends on the fundamental

_{dot}*constants*of charge,

*q*, speed of light,

*c,*fine structure constant,

*α*, and charge cross section,

*A*. The

_{q}*m*constant represents a fundamental aether decay of the universe that drives both charge and gravity forces. Ironically, while mass decays, charge and gravity forces grow in contrast to the prevailing notions of mainstream science.

_{dot}Classically, there is no way for mass to decay by decoherence although mass is equivalent to the energy of light and so mass can transform into light and light back into mass as well. The transient species called positronium is a bound state of an electron with its antimatter positron decays by quantum phase noise into two photons of light after less than a microsecond. By the principles of microscopic reversibility, two photons can collide and produce postronium or indeed many different kinds of matter.

However, classical matter cannot decay by quantum phase decoherence into nothing since there is no classical meaning for quantum phase noise. Thus the classical universe is in some sense ultimately driven by noise and not by purpose. The butterfly effect is a an example of classical noise from the flapping butterfly wing and that even that slight noise can effect the course of a hurricane. Noise is what limits the precision of any measurement of a source property and when the fluctuations of noise dominate purpose, the noise of classical chaos drives purpose, not choice.

A person's success in life is obviously due to a superposition of past choices and actions. However, a focus only on the past suggests that any success in life would be due to blind luck of birth and that even further back, it is the blind luck of creation that would determine a destiny of any success in life. This classical and determinate notion of fate or karma presumes free will is an illusion because it is only the superposition of the past that determines all choice for any action. Of course, the chaos of noise does still limit the precision of measuring action and so even a determinate future can still be difficult to predict with certainty.

A person's success in life, though, is not just due to a superposition of past choices and action, but that success is also due to choices from a large number of possible futures as well. What makes up a person's success or any action is then a superposition of both the past and the future possibilities and so any particular future is not then determined only by blind luck or birth or creation. We choose a future by the action of free will and the entanglement of free will is not an illusion of the chaos of classical noise. Instead the action of free will emerges from the noise of quantum phase entanglement.

Quantum phase noise entangles the futures of a source and observer in ways that an observer cannot know. Therefore, quantum phase noise has no classical or determinate meaning since entanglement means that there are quantum actions that have no knowable cause. The entanglement of source and observer phase does decay over time and that decay or decoherence changes both source and observer in ways that are not knowable to the observer.

Another example of the decay of quantum phase noise is for thousands of rotating neutron stars known as millisecond pulsars. This figure shows that the average decays of several thousand millisecond pulsars decay the same as the IPK.

Yet another example is the average decay of earth's spin as shown below. Although there are many classical and chaotic actions that effect earth's spin, it is interesting that the earth's spin decay seems to be at least in part consistent with the decay of the IPK as well as the decay of the millisecond pulsars. From 1971 to 2015, there have been 25 leap seconds over these 44 years, which is 0.18 ppb/yr, which is very close to the quantum phase decay of 0.255 ppb/yr as the figure shows.

Although ocean tidal friction is often assigned to this value, tidal energy seems to be only 1.7% of the earth spin energy decay. Given an ocean surface area of 3.6e14 m2 and a mean tide height of 0.6 m, the tidal energy is 2.5e15 J/day for two tides.

In fact, there seem to be any number of measurements consistent with the quantum phase decay, which also comes with a complementary universal force growth. In fact, in order to be consistent with the Hubble galaxy red shift, force must increase with decreasing mass in this epoch of the universe.

Finally, there is a model called continuous spontaneous localization (CSL) that arbitrarily creates a phase noise decay time and distance in order to make quantum wavefunctions real without an observer. The assumptions vary, but one set proposed is a decay time of 1e-17 s-1 and a length of 1e-5 cm, which compares very well to the aethertime values of 0.81e-17 s-1 and 0.7e-5 cm. Unlike CSL, the aethertime decay time and length simply arise from its assumptions and there are no new constants in aethertime so much as just reinterpretation of current constants.

The aether decay constant comes from the ratio of gravity to charge forces between two hydrogen atoms and is

*𝛼*

_{dot}= m_{H}² G / (q²*c²*

*1e-7) c /*

*r*

_{B}*= 0.81e-17 s-1*

*c/r*, scaled by the ratio of gravity to charge forces. Thus, this is the amount of gravity noise compared to charge noise and is normally quite small. But, at the radius where gravity force equals dispersion or van der Waals force between two hydrogen atoms, gravity jostling equals charge jostling. The dispersion radius of two hydrogens is where dispersion and gravity energies are equal and is at

_{B}*r*

_{d}= (3/4 E_{H}a

_{p}*,*

^{2}/ G / m_{H}^{2})^{1/5}= 0.7e-5 cm = 70 nm*a*

_{p}*= 3pe*is the hydrogen atom polarizability.

_{o}r_{B}^{3}Thus, the very nature of quantum aether shows the inherent property of phase decay and phase decay drives both gravity and charge forces just at very different scales. The Hubble constant in aethertime is just simply

*H = 𝛼*, the product of the aether decay and the speed of light in this epoch.

_{dot}c