Jan 12, 2023

Mysterious Quantum Phenomenon Lets Us Peek Inside an Atom’s Heart

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Silently churning away at the heart of every atom in the Universe is a swirling wind of particles that physics yearns to understand.

No probe, no microscope, and no X-ray machine can hope to make sense of the chaotic blur of quantum cogs whirring inside an atom, leaving physicists to theorize the best they can based on the debris of high-speed collisions inside particle colliders.

Researchers now have a new tool that is already providing them with a small glimpse into the protons and neutrons that form the nuclei of atoms, one based on the entanglement of particles produced as gold atoms brush past each other at speed.

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