Like Magic! Tiny Particles Can Pass Through Long-Distance Barriers

June 13, 2014 5:26 PM

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Like Magic! Tiny Particles Can Pass Through Long-Distance Barriers

One of the many mystifying consequences of quantum mechanics — the rules that govern the behavior of tiny subatomic particles — is that individual particles can pass through barriers that would otherwise be impenetrable.

Now, a new study has shown this same quantum tunneling effect can occur over relatively long distances, with particles seeming to shift places even when several other particles stand in the way. In fact, the interactions between the particles seem to help them along. [Twisted Physics: 7 Mind-Blowing...

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