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Tricking the uncertainty principle
May 15, 2014
Today, we can measure the position of an object with unprecedented accuracy, but the uncertainty principle places fundamental limits on our ability to measure. Noise that results from the quantum nature of the fields used to make measurements imposes what is called the "standard quantum limit." This background noise keeps researchers from knowing an object's exact location, but a recent study provides a solution for rerouting some of that noise away from the measurement.
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