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Quantum Mechanics survives a gravity test

01/10/2019

University: The University of Queensland

Authors Centre Participants: Prof. Tim C Ralph

Other Source: Science

CREDIT: UQ News

Scientists have challenged one of the great mysteries of physics – by undertaking an experiment in space proposed by The University of Queensland a decade ago.

CQC²T Chief Investigator and The School of Mathematics and Physics’ Professor Timothy Ralph collaborated on the study, which he said could help bring quantum technologies, such as a global quantum internet, closer to being part of everyday life.

“A key unsolved problem in modern physics is how Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, which relates to gravity, links to the fundamental theory of atomic and optical physics known as quantum mechanics,” Professor Ralph said.

“Scientists have developed numerous theories trying to unite quantum mechanics and gravity, but a key barrier to progress on this problem has been the difficulty in performing experiments in which effects from both theories play a significant role simultaneously.”

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