‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ Schrödinger Cat Is In 2 Boxes At Once
Fresh from the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” the famous paradox Schrödinger’s Cat has been used to explain the love story between the two main casts – Penny and Leonard.Advertisement
According to the paradox, which Yale physicists proved in a new experiment, the cat could be dead or alive and be in two places at once. But that’s the science of their relationship, the main reason why the show remained a favorite after 10 seasons.
But a team of scientists from Yale University has provided a science-backed evidence that Schrödinger’s Cat could actually be both alive and dead while being in two places at once.
This, according to an article from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), could bring the quantum computing to the next level. The experiment marries the two concepts, the paradox of Schrödinger’s Cat and entanglement, a concept in quantum physics.
It has been a subject of studies for the past 20 years, and for the first time, physicists were able to create a more exotic type of the Schrödinger’s Cat-like state, the report added.
According to Chen Wang, a researcher from Yale, the experiment could have a practical application in the field of quantum computing. This, according to the researchers, could modernize the current computing systems being used today.
“This cat is big and smart. It doesn’t stay in one box because the quantum state is shared between the two cavities and cannot be described separately. One can also take an alternative view, where we have two small and simple Schrodinger’s cats, one in each box, that are entangled,” Cheng said, explaining how the experiment looks like.
With the current study, quantum computers would bring more advanced technology present-day computers are not capable of under certain conditions. According to the study, quantum computers are capable of solving more complex problems and operations quicker and more efficient than classical computers used today.