News tagged with quantum fluctuations

Boosting the force of empty space

Vacuum fluctuations may be among the most counter-intuitive phenomena of quantum physics. Theorists from the Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel) and the Vienna University of Technology propose a way to amplify ...

Jul 22, 2014 4.5 / 5 (50) 27

Quantum melting

When ice is warmed, the water molecules forming its structure vibrate more and more vigorously until finally the forces between them are no longer strong enough to hold them together – the ice melts and ...

Apr 07, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 1

Binding together repelling atoms

Basic chemistry tells us that a bond between atoms can form if it is energetically more favorable for the atoms to stick together than staying apart. This fundamentally requires an attractive force between ...

Jul 31, 2013 4.8 / 5 (6) 0

Does probability come from quantum physics?

(—Ever since Austrian scientist Erwin Schrodinger put his unfortunate cat in a box, his fellow physicists have been using something called quantum theory to explain and understand the nature of waves and particles.

Feb 05, 2013 3.3 / 5 (35) 99 | with audio podcast