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October 06, 2012

Uncertain news

Quantum measurements leave Schrödinger's cat alive

Schrödinger's cat, the enduring icon of quantum mechanics, has been defied. By making constant but weak measurements of a quantum system, physicists have managed to probe a delicate quantum state without destroying it – the equivalent of taking a peek at Schrodinger's metaphorical cat without killing it. The result should make it easier to handle systems such as quantum computers that exploit the exotic properties of the quantum world.

Posted by joke du jour at October 6, 2012 08:01 AM

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