The Ghost of Quantum Entanglement

I’m a bit of a quantum guy, but is an area that does not make the press that often.  So I was quite happy when I came across an article online as Scientific American about about the possibility of quantum entanglement last past the point of entanglement destruction. “Spooky action at a distance” is how Albert Einstein described quantum entanglement.

quantum physicist Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that memories of entanglement can survive its destruction. He compares the effect to Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights: “the spectral Catherine communicates with her quantum Heathcliff as a flash of light from beyond the grave.”

If proved out this would have implications for quantum cryptography and quantum computing. Two areas of intensiveness research. Lloyd was investigating entanglement for illumination. Entangled photos could improve photography where a flash is used by reducing the amount of noise in the returning signal.

The area that this research might benifit from are radar, x-ray, optical telecommunications and microscopy increase there sensitivity maybe millions of times.


So You You Want To Use Hubble

Galaxy Zoo

I was reading Galaxy Zoo blog article “Getting Observing Time“. This is great insight into the inner working of our professional astronomers.   So what do you need to get granted time on one of the professional telescope.  Well Kevin Schawinski of the Galaxy Zoo team has posted a blog on the proposal process.

So the basics to get your proposal approved. Ask a specific question that fills avoid in the science or furthers existing work.  Make sure your proposal has “1) a science justification and 2) a technical justification.”  If either fails you get no time.  Oh and don’t, oh don’t ask for too much time.

Kevin has been a contributor to 20 articles on and active contributor to the Galaxy Zoo forums.