Atom Split Into Two And Then Put Back Together Using Quantum MechanicsQuicklink submitted by Kyle McDermott Permalink
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|Researchers from the University of Bonn have just shown how a single atom can be split into its two halves, pulled apart and put back together again. While the word 'atom' literally means 'indivisible,' the laws of quantum mechanics allow dividing atoms -- similarly to light rays -- and reuniting them. The researchers want to build quantum mechanics bridges by letting the atom touch adjacent atoms while it is being pulled apart so that it works like a bridge span between two pillars. The results have just been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... 'For us, an atom is a well-controlled and oiled cog,' said Dr. Andrea Alberti, the team lead for the Bonn experiment. 'You can build a calculator with remarkable performance using these cogs, but in order for it to work, they have to engage.'|
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