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What Happens When You Pop a Quantum Balloon?
April 18, 2008
When a tiny, quantum-scale, hypothetical balloon is popped in a vacuum, do the particles inside spread out all over the place, as predicted by classical mechanics? A paper published in the journal Nature answers the question, which is deceptively complex and bears on quantum computing and information theory.
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