Dance of the Photons

Dance of the Photons

From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

Book - 2010
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Einstein's steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as "spooky action at a distance" the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each other's properties--a hypothetical phenomenon his fellow theorist Erwin Schrödinger termed "quantum entanglement."

In a series of ingenious experiments conducted in various locations--from a dank sewage tunnel under the Danube River to the balmy air between a pair of mountain peaks in the Canary Islands--the author and his colleagues have demonstrated the reality of such entanglement using photons, or light quanta, created by laser beams. In principle the lessons learned may be applicable in other areas, including the eventual development of quantum computers.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374239664
0374239665
Branch Call Number: 530.12 Z46d 2010
Characteristics: 305 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Jan 16, 2014

This book could have been a lot better, if the entire thing were not written as a fictionalized tale of Bob and Alice, which turns out very contrived and annoying.

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