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Measuring the behavior of virtual particle superposition
IDEA BY: Adam Gullickson LOCATION: USA CATEGORY: Science/Medical

ENTRY TITLE

Measuring the behavior of virtual particle superposition
IDEA BY: Adam Gullickson
LOCATION: USA
CATEGORY: Science/Medical

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Discovering virtual particles change their behavior when measured the same as other quantum particles do could bring new insight into dark energy, dark matter and the universe in general.

Scientists have proven the strange rules of quantum mechanics do not just apply to the very small, such as atoms, protons, electrons, etc. Using a small metal paddle (sometime called the quantum paddle), small but visible to the naked eye, made of a trillion atoms. The paddle was placed in a vacuum chamber isolated and cooled to minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit, so nothing could measure or observe it (air, light, etc. are forms of measurement) A single quantum bit of energy called a phonon was fired at the paddled which caused it to oscillate six billion times a second, because the paddle was both receiving the quantum bit and missing it at the same time, causing it to oscillate between these two realities. The Casimir Effect uses two non-magnetic plates held nanometers apart in a vacuum chamber invisible virtual particles popping in and out of existence in the chamber begin to press the plates together. MY EXPERIMENT-Using two non-magnetic parallel plates made up of a trillion atoms, each the same size as the “quantum paddle,” and held in an isolated vacuum chamber cooled to 459 degrees Fahrenheit each plate held nanometers apart and taking a measurement of the plates every four milliseconds or faster, this constant observation should keep the plates in a fixed state not pressing towards each other, unaffected by virtual particles. When a measurement is no longer taking place the plates will be found pressed together as originally expected when measured again after the pause. This would prove virtual particles are affected by an observer the same as other quantum particles. Since virtual particles are invisible other forms such as dark energy and dark matter may be affected by an observer as well.