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Stanford Researchers Hear the Sound of Quantum Drums
February 8, 2008
Stanford researchers are using individual molecules to build remarkably small drums in order to answer an old math conundrum: "Can you hear the shape of a drum?" In the process, they have found a new way to extract quantum information that is usually inaccessible. The results are published in the journal Science.
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