China’s Micius Leaves Open Question of Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity Possibilities
Though fascinating to think about, there is this interesting line in the closing, “Pan and the team will launch a new satellite that will orbit 20 to 60 times higher than Micius to test a wider field of gravity strength.” This is the first we have seen it in text at The Qubit Report. Because Quantum is Coming. Qubit.
Micius Quantum Satellite Shows Bridge Between Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity Still Possible
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+ Quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity form the bedrock of the current understanding of physics — yet the two theories don’t seem to work together. Physical phenomena rely on the relationship of motion between the observed and the observer. Certain rules hold true across types of observed objects and those observing, but those rules tend to break down at the quantum level, where subatomic particles behave in strange ways.
+ An international team of researchers developed a unified framework that would account for this apparent break down between classical and quantum physics, and they put it to the test using a quantum satellite called Micius. They published their results ruling out one version of their theory on September 19th, 2019, in Science.
We ruled out the strong version of event formalism, but a modified model remains an open question, Pan said.
To test this version, Pan and the team will launch a new satellite that will orbit 20 to 60 times higher than Micius to test a wider field of gravity strength.
+ The theory Pan and the team tested was that the particles would de-correlate from one another as they passed through separate gravitational regions of Earth. The different gravitational pulls would force a quantum interaction that behaved as classical relativism would – the particle in less gravity would move with less constraint than the one in stronger gravity.
+ The researchers did not see the particles deviate from the expected interactions predicted by the quantum understanding of gravity, but they plan to test a version of their theory that allows for a little more flexibility.
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