quantum mechanics

For the first time, scientists have observed how molecules change direction after slow collisions with atoms. Researchers from Radboud University and the FOM Foundation allowed molecules to collide with atoms very slowly. This enabled them to zoom in on the dynamics of a collision for the first time. How do the initial conditions of particles… Read more

A new recipe for using intense lasers to create positrons, the antiparticle of electrons, in record numbers and density, has been found by physicists from Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin. In a series of experiments, the researchers used UT’s Texas Petawatt Laser to make large number of positrons by blasting tiny… Read more

The world of quantum mechanics is weird. Objects that are far apart can influence each other in what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance”, and cats can potentially be dead and alive at the same time. For decades, scientists have tried to prove that these effects are not just mathematical quirks, but real… Read more

There is an up-and-coming set of technologies that uses the strange properties of atomic particles predicted by the theory of quantum mechanics, which is the physics of the very small stuff. This technology promises to bring us computers that are faster than all the machines we have ever produced before put together, as well as… Read more

Quantum mechanics has been hailed as the next big thing in technology. And quantum computers are a media favourite. But there is a little-known quantum technology that can peer beneath the earth, which could be ready before the quantum computing revolution comes about. These technologies makes use of the counter-intuitive consequences of quantum mechanics –… Read more