There are two coexisting, competing quantum shapes at low energy in 98Kr, never before seen for neutron-rich Kr isotopes, report scientists. The team also showed that these isotopes experience a gentle onset of deformation with added neutrons, in sharp contrast with neighboring isotopes of rubidium, strontium, and zirconium, which change shapes suddenly at neutron number 60. This study marks a decisive step towards an understanding of the limits of this quantum phase transition region.
A quantum is the smallest possible unit of anything, and Quantum Science is the study of these particles and their application. In other words, we know that all matter is made of atoms, but what is the smallest component of an atom and how does it react to stimuli? That deceptively simple explanation is an introduction to a field of science that is exploding into the disciplines of engineering and technology.
The theory of quantum physics has led many to wonder about the nature of matter. Quantum particles seem to react at times like individual particles and at times like continuous waves. This results in some surprising properties.
One of these, superposition, is the ability of quantum systems to include all possible measurements, and only take on certain characteristics when they are measured.
Entanglement is another property of the particles in which the characteristics of multiple particle systems correlate to one another. When you alter one set of measurements, the entire system changes. At the point where these discoveries intersect known developments in information technologies, new opportunities burst open in computing, navigation, sensing, the ability to do simulations and in other areas. This is a rapidly-morphing science that is changing other disciplines as it grows.
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