October 4, 2012 AT 6:53 am

Quantum measurements leave Schrödinger’s cat alive

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Quantum measurements leave Schrödinger’s cat alive @ New Scientist.

Schrödinger’s cat, the enduring icon of quantum mechanics, has been defied. By making constant but weak measurements of a quantum system, physicists have managed to probe a delicate quantum state without destroying it – the equivalent of taking a peek at Schrodinger’s metaphorical cat without killing it. The result should make it easier to handle systems such as quantum computers that exploit the exotic properties of the quantum world.

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