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Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:25 PM Mar 2015

Scientists take the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle

Scientists take the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle

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It's been over 100 years and every experiment with light that any scientist has ever performed proves that light either behaves as a wave or that light behaves as a particle, but never both at the same time. No one has glimpsed both states simultaneously until now.

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/image-of-light-as-a-wave-and-a-particle-2015-3#ixzz3THGzleMG


No matter how you look at it, from the grandest structures to the tiniest elements, the universe is a thing of resounding beauty.
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Scientists take the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle (Original Post) Nuclear Unicorn Mar 2015 OP
It's amazing that Einstein's predictions keep being proven right hifiguy Mar 2015 #1
"If I had I'd have become a cosmologist" Nuclear Unicorn Mar 2015 #3
Brain got ahead of derped typing skills. hifiguy Mar 2015 #6
There was nothing wrong with your typing. I'm just having a little fun. nt Nuclear Unicorn Mar 2015 #8
You put "the make-up of the universe" in a whole new light pinboy3niner Mar 2015 #9
Well played, sir. Well played. Nuclear Unicorn Mar 2015 #13
Hah! AllyCat Mar 2015 #16
Were this true, it would invalidate quantum theory at its very core, which is utter nonsense to begin with. Einstein was right all along... InAbLuEsTaTe Mar 2015 #2
Not a complete explanation of the experiment by the reporter, I think. hunter Mar 2015 #11
By the time you see it, it has already happened seveneyes Mar 2015 #4
Is it a floor wax, or a dessert topping? longship Mar 2015 #5
All of this brings to mind hifiguy Mar 2015 #7
XD sakabatou Mar 2015 #10
at least they don't call it a "wavicle" any more MisterP Mar 2015 #12
Go home, light, you're drunk shenmue Mar 2015 #14
Wow, that is beautiful. AllyCat Mar 2015 #15
Just as I thought it would look like Zorro Mar 2015 #17
lol Liberal_in_LA Mar 2015 #18
 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
1. It's amazing that Einstein's predictions keep being proven right
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:31 PM
Mar 2015

so many decades later. Why didn't I get the math gene? If I had I'd have become a cosmologist or theoretical physicist instead of going to law school.

 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
6. Brain got ahead of derped typing skills.
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:49 PM
Mar 2015

If I'd had the math gene I'd have become, etc etc.

And maybe a better typist.

InAbLuEsTaTe

(24,344 posts)
2. Were this true, it would invalidate quantum theory at its very core, which is utter nonsense to begin with. Einstein was right all along...
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:33 PM
Mar 2015

God does not play dice with the Universe.

hunter

(38,569 posts)
11. Not a complete explanation of the experiment by the reporter, I think.
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 10:34 PM
Mar 2015

What the original paper describes is still quantum weirdness.

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150302/ncomms7407/full/ncomms7407.html

By then collapsing only the perpendicular (horizontal) spatial coordinate, we obtain an image that contains spectroscopic information along the horizontal detector axis and spatial information along the vertical detector axis


The light is still behaving as a particle and a wave, since it hasn't been fully observed along either axis. The horizontal detector "sees" it as a wave with an indeterminate location along that axis and the vertical detector simultaneously "sees" it as a particle located along the vertical axis.


longship

(40,416 posts)
5. Is it a floor wax, or a dessert topping?
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:48 PM
Mar 2015

It's both! Or neither.

That's the puzzle of Quantum Field Theory. But the deal is... It is neither, and from our perspective, both. But that's just the thing, nobody required the universe to abide by people's preconceived conceptions. It is just different.

Maybe J. B. S. Haldane

said it best:

I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.


Meanwhile utter kooks like Deepak Chopra feel free to just make shit up because people do not feel comfortable in not understanding these things. It is confusing, therefore that's license for me to commit fraud. After all, nobody understands this shit. Nope, Deepak, that ain't the way physics works. You don't get to make shit up.

(I'd post a clip for Shimmer floor wax here, but there are no YouTube clips of it, apparently.)
 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
7. All of this brings to mind
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:51 PM
Mar 2015

A VERY nerdy joke that I found ROFLMAO funny:

Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger get pulled over for speeding.

The cop asks Heisenberg "Do you know how fast you were going?"

Heisenberg replies, "No, but ve know exactly vhere ve are!"

The officer looks at him confused and says "you were going 108 miles per hour!"

Heisenberg throws his arms up and cries, "Great! Now ve're lost!"

The officer looks over the car and asks Schrödinger if the two men have anything in the trunk.

"A cat," Schrödinger replies.

The cop opens the trunk and yells "Hey! This cat is dead."

Schrödinger angrily replies, "Vell he is now!"

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