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Fri Oct 4, 2019, 08:54 PM

2,000 Atoms Exist in Two Places at Once in Unprecedented Quantum Experiment

By Rafi Letzter - Staff Writer 15 hours ago Space



The new experiment demonstrated a bizarre quantum effect from the double-slit experiment at an unprecedented scale.

An illustration suggests the behavior of big, complex molecules spreading out like ripples across space.An illustration suggests the behavior of big, complex molecules spreading out like ripples across space.(Image: © Yaakov Fein, Universität Wien)


Giant molecules can be in two places at once, thanks to quantum physics.

That's something that scientists have long known is theoretically true based on a few facts: Every particle or group of particles in the universe is also a wave — even large particles, even bacteria, even human beings, even planets and stars. And waves occupy multiple places in space at once. So any chunk of matter can also occupy two places at once. Physicists call this phenomenon "quantum superposition," and for decades, they have demonstrated it using small particles.

But in recent years, physicists have scaled up their experiments, demonstrating quantum superposition using larger and larger particles. Now, in a paper published Sept. 23 in the journal Nature Physics, an international team of researchers has caused molecule made up of up to 2,000 atoms to occupy two places at the same time.

Researchers had long known that light, fired through a sheet with two slits in it, would create an interference pattern, or a series of light and dark fringes, on the wall behind the sheet. But light was understood as a massless wave, not something made of particles, so this wasn't surprising. However, in a series of famous experiments in the 1920s, physicists showed that electrons fired through thin films or crystals would behave in a similar way, forming patterns like light does on the wall behind the diffracting material.

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Judi Lynn Oct 4 OP
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Oct 4, 2019, 09:10 PM

1. Interesting...

I have noticed that experiments are starting to show quantum effects on a larger scale.

Now, how can you be two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 4, 2019, 09:29 PM

2. Read my mind!



This album was actually in my local public library when I was a teenager. Somebody very cool must have worked there!

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Response to klook (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 4, 2019, 09:31 PM

3. Cool!

I had them all, actually. I even saw Procter & Bergman live when they were touring as a team.

Shoes for industry! More SUGAR!

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 4, 2019, 10:11 PM

5. "Dogs flew spaceships! The Aztecs invented the vacation!

Men and women are the same sex! Our forefathers took drugs! Your brain is not the boss!! EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG!!!"

"The Howl of the Wolf Theater -- presenting honest stories of working people as told by rich Hollywood stars."

Lucky you, seeing those lunatics live. They took my already warped brain (thanks to Mad Magazine and the Marx Brothers) and sent it to Sector R.

Exit to Funway.

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Response to klook (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 4, 2019, 10:31 PM

6. Ah, memories!

Yeah, they twisted and warped my reality, and it was great! Mad magazine was my gateway drug to that, I think

Oh, yeah, they were fantastic live. I was wondering if they could do it on stage. And now, I remember seeing a live reunion, (old brain with too much Laughing Cow Cheese stuck in it and I was also very stoned) of Firesign.

As I recall it it was levels upon levels of their stuff. I remember thinking, gee, I wonder what people who have not heard all the albums would be thinking? Could they get it? Fans probably felt rather superior after that. That show was inside jokes inside jokes inside Nick Danger's Third Eye in the basement of More Science High.

Well, I think we are all bozo's on this bus. A mighty hot dog is our Lord!

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 4, 2019, 09:33 PM

4. Clever mystery, scifi writer should use this to provide ingenious alibi for a murder!

Or maybe one country builds a spy network on this.

Or clever thief uses to steal from museums.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 05:34 PM

7. yeah sure but

 

bet they can't do two thousand and one!

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