Quantum Trick in a Tiny Drop of Water

Quantum Trick in a Tiny Drop of Water

Researchers have discovered an intriguing new phenomenon in the ‘smallest droplet’ of water possible – just six water molecules. When almost all the energy is sucked from the system, rendering the molecules essentially static and lifeless, pairs of molecules can break their hydrogen bonds and flip their orientation by using a previously unseen quantum manoeuvre. The move involves a coupled quantum tunnelling event, where two molecules act as if they are two cogs meshed together – as the tunnelling rotates one molecule, it simultaneously rotates its neighbour.

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