Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Italians create new measuring instrument for quantum physics


Rome, December 17 - Italian scientists have created
a new gravitational antenna to improve the measurement of the
tiniest subjects.
Their results, published in the journal Nature Physics,
should help in measurement of a point, millions of times smaller
than the atom, where Einstein's theory of relativity meets
quantum mechanics.
The project brought together experts from Italy's National
Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN), from the National Laboratories
of Legnaro, in Padua province, and labs at the universities of
Florence, Pisa and Trento.
"It's a fascinating race because it involves the new
physics, that of black unknown and wonderful world,"
said research coordinator Francesco Marin of INFN in Florence.
The point under investigation is extremely small, measured
by 34 zeros and then one, and has been called a "Planck unit" in
honour of the German physicist Max Planck.
He won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1918 for originating
quantum theory, which - together with that of relativity
formulated by compatriot Albert Einstein - is one of the pillars
of contemporary physics.

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