This is a narrow constriction in a ring of superconductor. Current can only move around the ring because of quantum laws; the apparatus provides a neat way to investigate the properties of quantum mechanics.
Schrödinger dreamed up a cat that, thanks to quantum physics, is half-alive and half-dead. Einstein worried about spooky action at a distance. Now Google is trying to build a quantum computer and we can communicate secretly using quantum particles. This is not even a century of progress in quantum physics. It sounds like science fiction, but that’s your job. We invite you to pick up the threads of this story and tell a new tale.
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Vlatko is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore and Professor in Quantum Information at the University of Oxford, UK. His research ranges from the philosophical - what does quantum theory really mean? - to exploring applications for quantum effects in technology and even considering their possible role in biology. Vlatko’s writing has been published in magazines including Scientific American (read his 2011 cover feature “Living in the Quantum World” for more on the emerging field of quantum biology) and is the author of the book Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information