Asked by 06chrste to James, Marcus, Martin, Rob, Suzanne on 16 Mar 2012.
Keywords: electromagnetism, light, photon
Yes, in theory, Quantum physics allows matter and light to behave like a wave (so a particle can be everywhere at once) or a particle (so it’s in one particular place). But it can’t really be both at once – once you’ve observed a particle in a specific place it can’t be everywhere else as well!
I believe this one has something to do with someone putting a cat in a box?
Well funny you should ask this, I’ve spent all day explaining to people how things can be in two places at once and how things can be in two states at once.
Some experiments show that when you measure it then previously it must have been in two places at exactly the same time.
Its pretty cool and pretty mind blowing.
Sure. There are a few ways that quantum mechanics lets something be everywhere (or at least several places) at once. One way is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. It basically tells us that the more you know where something is, the less you know about how fast it’s going. Similarly, the more you know it’s speed, the less you know about where it is. So if we know pretty much exactly how fast the photon is going, it will be spread out completely.
thanks for the response, can you answer my other question please?
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Which is your other question? For some reason I can’t search questions by asker. Point us in the direction and we’ll give it a go.
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