Double Slit…

Topics: Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics One of the most counterintuitive concepts in physics – the idea that quantum objects are complementary, behaving like waves in some situations and like particles in others – just got a new and more quantitative foundation. In a twist on the classic double-slit experiment, scientists at Korea’s InstituteContinue reading “Double Slit…”

The Weirdest Matter…

Topics: Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics Your desk is made up of individual, distinct atoms, but from far away its surface appears smooth. This simple idea is at the core of all our models of the physical world. We can describe what’s happening overall without getting bogged down in the complicated interactions betweenContinue reading “The Weirdest Matter…”

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…”

Strange Metals…

Topics: Black Holes, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Superconductors, Theoretical Physics Even by the standards of quantum physicists, strange metals are just plain odd. The materials are related to high-temperature superconductors and have surprising connections to the properties of black holes. Electrons in strange metals dissipate energy as fast as they’re allowed to under the lawsContinue reading “Strange Metals…”