Quantum particles can tunnel through long-range barriers, Austrian research reveals

June 15, 2014 2:34 AM

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Quantum tunneling is a puzzling process -- particles including atoms, under the right conditions, can tunnel right through barriers that should be impenetrable.

In our everyday world, a pendulum of a grandfather clock will stay at rest until the clock is wound, adding energy to the system. On the subatomic scale, energy levels are uncertain until they are measured. If our everyday world worked that way, the pendulum of an unwound grandfather clock could be ...

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