How can you train yourself to be a quantum detector? Quantum interactions happen at impossibly small scales. But the life-size effects are all around you. You can detect quantum mechanics all over — if you know how to look for it.
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Check out https://www.youtube.com/user/EugeneKhutoryansky, who was kind enough to share his water wave animation with us.
ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC NOTE: Quantum mechanics would be much more obvious if we had very sensitive eyes. If your eyes identified each photon individually, you would see them land as described in the video, and only build up to this wave pattern. The pattern that we see can be explained classically by waves, it is *ultimately* a quantum phenomenon. The only reason it's hard to tell is because our light detectors (eyes) aren't quite sensitive enough.
Host, Producer: Greg Kestin
Researcher: Samia Bouzid
Writers: Samia Bouzid, Greg Kestin
Scientific Consultant: Louis Deslauriers
Editorial Input from: Julia Cort, Ari Daniel
Animation and Editing: Greg Kestin
Special thanks: Entire NOVA team
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Funding provided by FQXi
Music provided by APM
Footage of bridge and man holding child: Videoblocks
Sound effects: Freesound.org