Quantum Jumps…

Topics: Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics Quantum mechanics, the theory that describes the physics of the universe at very small scales, is notorious for defying common sense. Consider, for instance, the way that standard interpretations of the theory suggest change occurs in the quantum turf: shifts from one state to another supposedly happen unpredictablyContinue reading “Quantum Jumps…”

No Strings Attached…

Topics: Einstein, General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory For decades, most physicists have agreed that string theory is the missing link between Einstein’s theory of general relativity, describing the laws of nature at the largest scale, and quantum mechanics, describing them at the smallest scale. However, an international collaboration headed by Radboud physicists has nowContinue reading “No Strings Attached…”

Quasiparticles, and Graphene…

Topics: Fermions, Graphene, Nanotechnology, Quantum Mechanics Researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK have identified a new family of quasiparticles in superlattices made from graphene sandwiched between two slabs of boron nitride. The work is important for fundamental studies of condensed-matter physics and could also lead to the development of improved transistors capableContinue reading “Quasiparticles, and Graphene…”

Integrated Nanodiamonds…

Topics: Nanotechnology, Quantum Computer, Quantum Mechanics, Semiconductor Technology (Nanowerk News) Physicists at Münster University have succeeded in fully integrating nanodiamonds into nanophotonic circuits and at the same time addressing several of these nanodiamonds optically. The study creates the basis for future applications in the field of quantum sensing schemes or quantum information processors. The resultsContinue reading “Integrated Nanodiamonds…”

Clocking Dark Matter…

Topics: Dark Matter, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics An optical clock has been used to set new constraints on a proposed theory of dark matter. Researchers including Jun Ye at JILA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Andrei Derevianko at the University of Nevada, Reno, explored how the coupling between regular matter and “ultralight” dark matter particles could beContinue reading “Clocking Dark Matter…”

Right-Handed Photons…

Topics: Modern Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Quarks Note: A primer on quarks at Hyperphysics On 17 January 1957, a few months after Chien-Shiung Wu’s discovery of parity violation, Wolfgang Pauli wrote to Victor Weisskopf: “Ich glaube aber nicht, daß der Herrgott ein schwacher Linkshänder ist” (I cannot believe that God is a weak left-hander).Continue reading “Right-Handed Photons…”

Quantum Modem…

Topics: Modern Physics, Nanotechnology, Quantum Computer, Quantum Mechanics (Nanowerk News) The first quantum revolution brought about semiconductor electronics, the laser and finally the internet. The coming, second quantum revolution promises spy-proof communication, extremely precise quantum sensors and quantum computers for previously unsolvable computing tasks. But this revolution is still in its infancy. A central researchContinue reading “Quantum Modem…”

Chirality…

Topics: Modern Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics Our right and left hands are reflections of one another, but they are not equal. To hide one hand perfectly behind the other, we must face our palms in opposite directions. In physics, the concept of handedness (or chirality) works similarly: It is a property of objects thatContinue reading “Chirality…”

Untangling Entanglement…

Topics: Entanglement, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Optics Natalia Herrera-Valencia and colleagues have successfully unscrambled entangled light after it has passed through a 2 m long multimode fibre. Led by Mehul Malik, the team at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh tackled the challenge using entanglement itself. The research was done in collaboration with a colleague at theContinue reading “Untangling Entanglement…”

City-Sized, Secure Quantum Network…

Topics: Cryptography, Futurism, Internet of Things, Modern Physics, Quantum Computer, Quantum Mechanics Quantum cryptography promises a future in which computers communicate with one another over ultrasecure links using the razzle-dazzle of quantum physics. But scaling up the breakthroughs in research labs to networks with a large number of nodes has proved difficult. Now an international teamContinue reading “City-Sized, Secure Quantum Network…”