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To: SunkenCiv
Good Grief......here is the shocker:

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Along the way, the researchers made another possible discovery as significant as the QSL: they believe they’ve observed fractionalised quantum states.

Quantum states are generally assumed to exist only as whole numbers – after all, the basis of quantum physics is that the quantum is the smallest possible change in state that can exist.

3 posted on 12/21/2012 8:27:22 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That is interesting bump.


5 posted on 12/21/2012 8:39:06 AM PST by techcor
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Good Grief......here is the shocker:

No doubt. If their observations hold up, that's groundbreaking in a pertty fundamental sense.

11 posted on 12/21/2012 10:14:39 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

You mean quantum states are analog? So future quantum wall clocks can still have hands?


17 posted on 12/21/2012 7:51:25 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Quantum states are generally assumed to exist only as whole numbers – after all, the basis of quantum physics is that the quantum is the smallest possible change in state that can exist.”

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This is not totally accurate, and is widely misquoted and misunderstood. It is true for simple systems.

When a system is not a classic “energy well”, the idea of quantum state being integer multiples of the ground state is not accurate; and of course, the further the system goes from being “ideal”, the less constrained and the further from integer multiple becomes evident.

If that were not true, semiconductor switching (for example) would be much more precise, voltages would transition perfectly sharply, and that is a pretty darned ideal system.

The existence of fractionalized states has been long known - example is “spins” of some elementary particles, and even the 1/3 charge of quarks, and I recall seeing some theoretical constructs.

It has been 20 years since I’ve studied/taught this, so I can’t go into much detail about this without a lot of study and thought (and writing time).


19 posted on 12/22/2012 11:02:32 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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