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Making sense of a visible quantum object
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:10

Can an object that is visible to the naked eye be in two places at the same time? Common sense and experience told us that the answer is "no" -- until recently. In this presentation, physicist Aaron O'Connell tells us a little about the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, which were thought to be completely different for human-scale objects -- but are they really? In a breakthrough experiment, Dr O'Connell blurs that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk, he suggests an intriguing way of thinking about the result.

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