Physicists watch quantum particles tunnel through solid barriers. Here's what they found.

Mar 19, 2020
The title of this article states "quantum particles tunnel through solid barriers". Don't know a lot about this stuff but a magnetic field does not strike me as being a "solid barrier". Actually it sounds like a pretty weak barrier by comparison.

Uranium foil with the same thickness as the mag field would certainly be a "solid" barrier with its electron density. But perhaps the experiment would not work with a more defined solid barrier.

One might assume that the tunneling needs a little help to actually measure, and it could not be done with a truly solid barrier, but a mag. field suits the purpose? Very curious to those of us not familiar with this behavior.

At least the data seems to rule out "voodoo physics", like mentioned in the article :

"While the laws of quantum mechanics allow for quantum tunneling, researchers still don't know exactly what happens while a subatomic particle is undergoing the tunneling process. Indeed, some researchers thought that the particle appears instantaneously on the other side of the barrier as if it instantaneously teleported there..."

It always seemed this aspect of quantum tunneling was a little suspicious......

And rubidium atoms are not subatomic particles, so how does this represent "quantum tunneling"? Perhaps it is a proxy experiment that works with atoms and SPs.
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Mar 5, 2020
I use atoms of Mjölnir if I want to tunnel through something solid.

I have difficulty believing that they can detect the energy of precession from a few atoms. Any signal removes energy from the system. At these dimensions and energies, a dozen phenomenon could be hiding. Quantum mechanics seems more like a system for sorting things into boxes like spin, charge and flavor (I like chocolate).

To me quantum mechanics seems lost. The physics of particles is part of the real world. So why does the mathematics used to capture a reality describe something so weird?
Aug 11, 2020
So if we combine the numbers found in the article, the speed comes out to be around 50% of whatever the initial speed given to the particles was.
What really puzzles me though is why the author of the article didn't get into this calculation?


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