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Apr 2, 2022

Relativity’s time dilation may limit the quantum world

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A new theoretical paper has tackled the phenomenon of quantum decoherence.


A new theoretical paper has tackled the phenomenon of quantum decoherence, the process by which objects slip out of the quantum world and start behaving classically. The paper approaches this in a new way by applying an effect of general relativity to decoherence. The paper claims that gravity is the key to the disparity between the weird quantum world and the everyday, familiar world of human-sized objects in which we live.

Schrödinger’s cat is an example of a quantum system which might decohere due to time dilation — and myriad other interactions.

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