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Aug 28 2014

Finally: Photos of Schrödinger’s Cat

catIf you know what Schrödinger’s cat is then you’ll be happy to hear that his photo has now reached the Internet. Seeing that the Internet was created to house cat photos I find it surprising that it’s taken so long. Of course people are hesitant to post pictures of dead animals, or maybe dead animals. I’m not sure where Schrödinger’s cat lands on that line. But I guess that’s the point.

Schrödinger’s cat is the poster child for quantum weirdness. Now it has been immortalised in a portrait created by one of the theory’s strangest consequences: quantum entanglement.

These images were generated using a cat stencil and entangled photons. The really spooky part is that the photons used to generate the image never interacted with the stencil, while the photons that illuminated the stencil were never seen by the camera.

I think it’s time we give Schrödinger’s cat a name. I vote for Chester. He feels like a Chester to me. Let me know what you think. Maybe you think he’s a she.

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