(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered an entirely new kind of quantum entanglement, a phenomenon that causes particles to strangely “bond” with each other instantly, even over vast cosmic distances.
This discovery allowed them to capture an unprecedented look at the bizarre world inside atoms. This research solves a long-standing mystery about the nuclei of atoms, which contain particles called protons and neutrons, and could help shed light on topics ranging from quantum computing to astrophysics.
Scientists have captured the interference patterns that result from the entanglement of two particles with different charges, which has opened up a whole new window into the “innards” of atoms.
“There have never been measurements of interference between distinguishable particles in the past,” said Daniel Brandenburg, co-author of the new study.
Brandenburg and his colleagues reached this milestone with a sensitive detector called the Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC, or STAR, which recorded the interaction between gold ions accelerated to near the speed of light.
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