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Scientists discover new type of quantum entanglement

By T.K. Randall
January 6, 2023 · Comment icon 4 comments

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The weird world of quantum physics has become weirder still thanks to a new breakthrough by researchers in the US.
If there's one area of quantum physics that is likely to make your brain melt it's quantum entanglement - a phenomenon once described by Albert Einstein as "spooky action at a distance".

For reasons that are not entirely clear, two entangled particles can remain linked and influence one another instantaneously even if there are billions of light-years of distance between them.

This effect has been demonstrated numerous times in the lab, so it is very much the real deal.
Up until now, quantum entanglement experiments have always involved particles from the same group and of the same charge, but now scientists at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) facility at Brookhaven in New York have revealed that they have managed to take things one step further.

In an impressive breakthrough, they have been able to demonstrate quantum entanglement using two particles with different charges - opening the door to a whole new world of quantum experimentation.

"There's never been any measurement in the past of interference between distinguishable particles," study co-author Daniel Brandenburg told Motherboard.

"That's the discovery; the application is that we get to use it to do some nuclear physics."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 1 year ago
From someone whom continuously loves bizarre physics... this is awesome!
Comment icon #2 Posted by MGB 1 year ago
I'm assuming if you had a string 10 trillion miles long, and you pulled on one end, the other end would simultaneously move also. no matter the distance.
Comment icon #3 Posted by csspwns 1 year ago
What you are assuming is impossible with an ordinary, physical string due to how tension works. When you pull on one end of the string, a force is applied to the string causing it to stretch which creates tension. This tension goes along the length of the string all the way to the end unless something were to stop its motion. The speed at which the tension travels is known as the wave speed which is a finite speed, not an instantaneous one. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 year ago
This is the part that especially blows my mind: ,...two entangled particles can remain linked and influence one another instantaneously even if there are billions of light-years of distance between them." oi Maybe science should reconsider the concept of the aether.

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