Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Macrocosmic Object in a Quantum State

My last post was about making some sense out of what wave-particle duality is all about. Coincidentally, when I checked out TED videos just a little while ago, I saw the one below. Physicist Aaron O'Connell is the first to show a macrocosmic object go into a quantum state...it goes into a superposition state where it is vibrating and not vibrating at the same time! Completely weird, but, hey, that's quantum mechanics. We will see more of this sort of experiment in the next few years, to be sure, and who knows where this will lead as far as applications in life. Will it be more advanced quantum computing devices? Or something we have not even considered? Perhaps! Check out the discussion.

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