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Quantum Entanglement – illustrated

April 9, 2013 2 comments

This is by far the most interesting of all natural phenomena, in my opinion, and unlocking the HOW in this bizarre situation could possibly get us into the distant future of science (ie, quantum computation/data transfer, faster than light travel or even teleportation). I’m fascinated by it, and wanted to share a great illustration! CAUTION: SCIENCE AHEAD! Quantum entanglement boggled Einstein, for good reason, because it makes no sense. The real question here is, how does the information about one particle get to the other particle, especially over long distances faster than the speed of light.

Scientists are working on a Bell experiment (a test of quantum mechanics principles) to send one half of an entangled pair to the space station, read more here: LiveScience article. I expect this to play out as the math predicts, which is that the pair will affect each other, even over distances larger than ever, but the question will become… “okay, so it’s true. Why and HOW and what now?” Scientists will need to theorize about the communication channel and how it exceeds the C barrier (speed of light). I say, lets make a communication device that will affect one half and then again in a manner like Morse Code so that we can communicate to places like Mars without any delays, even if its less information. You could have two pairs in the device that would allow for simultaneous back and forth and just need a program that translates information back to something useful. Seriously, this stuff is cool and the stuff of science fiction. Enough of my ramblings, see for yourself what happens:
Find out how quantum entanglement keeps particles linked even when widely separated, in this LiveScience infographic.

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