November 29, 2012

A Table-Top Test for Quantum Foam

Hamish Johnston, Physics World

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One of the biggest challenges in physics – finding evidence for quantum gravity – could be tackled using a simple table-top experiment, according to Jacob Bekenstein from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bekenstein, who is best known for studying the thermal properties of black holes, has come up with an interesting new proposal for using single photons to probe what is known as "quantum foam". The foam, which was introduced in 1955 by the US physicist John Wheeler, is believed to exist on length scales so small that quantum fluctuations affect space–time.

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TAGGED: General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Gravity