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** QUANTUM SHORTS 2019/2020: HONOURABLE MENTION

 


Internal Memo SPDEPT13858

Stop stealing my food.

Ganesh


Internal Memo SPDEPT94158

Please, Don’t take breaks at the same time. Someone needs to be present on the observation deck at all times. Remaking the universe takes up a lot of time and resources. You were no doubt made aware of the importance of observation during your training. Things used to be so simple when I started as a system designer, we did not have the gall to disobey our bosses but kids these days are just plain rude. The universe must be under strict observation at all times.

Brahma

Head(s) of the Universal Operations


Internal Memo SPDEPT48277

Has anyone seen my keys?

Kuber


Internal Memo SPDEPT2014278

Please don’t use internal memos for personal communication.

Thank you

Moderator


Internal Memo SPDEPT149335

I am telling you again, it doesn’t matter if it's Thursday. Someone needs to be on the observation deck at all times. I need to reboot the Universe almost every Thursday. It's getting annoying. Fast forwarding the evolution of the universe has raised the uncertainty factor in the universe. We are getting complaints from our clients about how in-universe measurements are not what they used to be.

Brahma

Head(s) of the Universal Operations


Internal Memo SPDEPT1277

My mother makes lunch for me and I don’t even get to eat it.

Ganesh


Internal Memo SPDEPT87197

I think your brother stole your keys.

Dave


Internal Memo SPDEPT89537

Please don’t use internal memos for personal communication.

Thank you

Moderator


Internal Memo SPDEPT389271

Who sanctioned life on the new random number generators, Life has made the incoming data terrible. I ask permission to use the Extinction protocol.

Shiv

Head of Data Processing 


Internal Memo SPDEPT1227903

Use proper channels for communication. Internal memos are only for important company-wide announcements.

Thank you

Moderator


Internal Memo SPDEPT4739898

They are not the new random generators, they are a part of the new experiment we are running with the Olympians. This Universe is not only for you to mine data from. Things don’t work here according to you. This is first and foremost a scientific enterprise. We are here to expand our current knowledge.

Saraswati

Head of Research and development.


Internal Memo SPDEPT072919

I have extra tickets for the movies. Contact me if interested

Dave


Internal Memo SPDEPT4739

Sorry to all the folks interested,I have given away the tickets.

Dave


Internal Memo SPDEPT2075

DON’T USE MEMOS FOR PERSONAL COMMUNICATION.

Moderator


Internal Memo SPDEPT037100

IF THIS UNIVERSE COLLAPSES AGAIN, I WILL HAVE ALL OF YOUR HEADS.

Brahma

Head(s) of this Universe


Internal Memo SPDEPT48910

If they are not the new random number generators why are we wasting precious internal fusion batteries on them? More importantly, where are the new random number generators I was promised.

Shiv

Head of Data Processing 


Internal Memo SPDEPT9930943

This is not a place to fight or to question budget and resource allocation for different projects. If you have any problems, please go to the concerned authorities.

Thank you

Moderator


Internal Memo SPDEPT98002795

Balance Patch 6.7.2000

The new balance patch is online. We are grateful to our beta testers and also to anyone who gave suggestions in the previous version. This balance patch is for both for internal company users and also for our clients.

What’s New

  • Fixed Bugs and Errors.

  • We have reconfigured dead batteries to be a random number generator. They will leak information now. This also solves the problem of in-universe garbage.

  • FIxed the specific problem some users had with the uncertainty factor.

 

Thank you

The Developers


Internal Memo SPDEPT810975

Finally, someone used Internal memos correctly.

Moderator


Internal Memo SPDEPT2930125

The experiment was completed successfully. Now we can finally say we know how suspensions move in narrow tubes when subject to temperature difference. The pre-print of the paper will be avaiable soon.

Saraswati

Head of Research and Development.


Internal Memo SPDEPT489104739

Finally, a new random number generator.

Shiv

Head of Data Processing


Internal Memo SPDEPT0125993

 

Where can I get better employees? 

 

Brahma

Head(s) of this Universe


 

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Quantum Theories: A to Z

Y is for ...
Young's Double Slit Experiment

In 1801, Thomas Young proved light was a wave, and overthrew Newton’s idea that light was a “corpuscle”.

G is for ...
Gluon

These elementary particles hold together the quarks that lie at the heart of matter.

I is for ...
Interferometer

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S is for ...
Superposition

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C is for ...
Clocks

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G is for ...
Gravity

Our best theory of gravity no longer belongs to Isaac Newton. It’s Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. There’s just one problem: it is incompatible with quantum theory. The effort to tie the two together provides the greatest challenge to physics in the 21st century.

P is for ...
Planck's Constant

This is one of the universal constants of nature, and relates the energy of a single quantum of radiation to its frequency. It is central to quantum theory and appears in many important formulae, including the Schrödinger Equation.

Z is for ...
Zero-point energy

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V is for ...
Virtual particles

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T is for ...
Teleportation

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A is for ...
Atom

This is the basic building block of matter that creates the world of chemical elements – although it is made up of more fundamental particles.

E is for ...
Entanglement

When two quantum objects interact, the information they contain becomes shared. This can result in a kind of link between them, where an action performed on one will affect the outcome of an action performed on the other. This “entanglement” applies even if the two particles are half a universe apart.

W is for ...
Wavefunction

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S is for ...
Sensors

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B is for ...
Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC)

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W is for ...
Wave-particle duality

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K is for ...
Kaon

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R is for ...
Randomness

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Q is for ...
Qubit

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B is for ...
Bell's Theorem

In 1964, John Bell came up with a way of testing whether quantum theory was a true reflection of reality. In 1982, the results came in – and the world has never been the same since!

M is for ...
Many Worlds Theory

Some researchers think the best way to explain the strange characteristics of the quantum world is to allow that each quantum event creates a new universe.

U is for ...
Uncertainty Principle

One of the most famous ideas in science, this declares that it is impossible to know all the physical attributes of a quantum particle or system simultaneously.

O is for ...
Objective reality

Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics, said there is no such thing as objective reality. All we can talk about, he said, is the results of measurements we make.

D is for ...
Dice

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U is for ...
Universe

To many researchers, the universe behaves like a gigantic quantum computer that is busy processing all the information it contains.

L is for ...
Light

We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle!

C is for ...
Computing

The rules of the quantum world mean that we can process information much faster than is possible using the computers we use now.

I is for ...
Information

Many researchers working in quantum theory believe that information is the most fundamental building block of reality.

Q is for ...
Quantum biology

A new and growing field that explores whether many biological processes depend on uniquely quantum processes to work. Under particular scrutiny at the moment are photosynthesis, smell and the navigation of migratory birds.

T is for ...
Time

The arrow of time is “irreversible”—time goes forward. This doesn’t seem to follow the laws of physics which work the same going forward or backward in time. Some physicists argue that there is a more fundamental quantum source for the arrow of time.

T is for ...
Tunnelling

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X is for ...
X-ray

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S is for ...
Schrödinger’s Cat

A hypothetical experiment in which a cat kept in a closed box can be alive and dead at the same time – as long as nobody lifts the lid to take a look.

A is for ...
Alice and Bob

In quantum experiments, these are the names traditionally given to the people transmitting and receiving information. In quantum cryptography, an eavesdropper called Eve tries to intercept the information.

M is for ...
Multiverse

Our most successful theories of cosmology suggest that our universe is one of many universes that bubble off from one another. It’s not clear whether it will ever be possible to detect these other universes.

H is for ...
Hawking Radiation

In 1975, Stephen Hawking showed that the principles of quantum mechanics would mean that a black hole emits a slow stream of particles and would eventually evaporate.

C is for ...
Cryptography

People have been hiding information in messages for millennia, but the quantum world provides a whole new way to do it.

D is for ...
Decoherence

Unless it is carefully isolated, a quantum system will “leak” information into its surroundings. This can destroy delicate states such as superposition and entanglement.

P is for ...
Probability

Quantum mechanics is a probabilistic theory: it does not give definite answers, but only the probability that an experiment will come up with a particular answer. This was the source of Einstein’s objection that God “does not play dice” with the universe.

J is for ...
Josephson Junction

This is a narrow constriction in a ring of superconductor. Current can only move around the ring because of quantum laws; the apparatus provides a neat way to investigate the properties of quantum mechanics and is a technology to build qubits for quantum computers.

L is for ...
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

At CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, this machine is smashing apart particles in order to discover their constituent parts and the quantum laws that govern their behaviour.

R is for ...
Reality

Since the predictions of quantum theory have been right in every experiment ever done, many researchers think it is the best guide we have to the nature of reality. Unfortunately, that still leaves room for plenty of ideas about what reality really is!

S is for ...
Schrödinger Equation

This is the central equation of quantum theory, and describes how any quantum system will behave, and how its observable qualities are likely to manifest in an experiment.

M is for ...
Maths

Quantum physics is the study of nature at the very small. Mathematics is one language used to formalise or describe quantum phenomena.

K is for ...
Key

Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a way to create secure cryptographic keys, allowing for more secure communication.

N is for ...
Nonlocality

When two quantum particles are entangled, it can also be said they are “nonlocal”: their physical proximity does not affect the way their quantum states are linked.

H is for ...
Hidden Variables

One school of thought says that the strangeness of quantum theory can be put down to a lack of information; if we could find the “hidden variables” the mysteries would all go away.

F is for ...
Free Will

Ideas at the heart of quantum theory, to do with randomness and the character of the molecules that make up the physical matter of our brains, lead some researchers to suggest humans can’t have free will.

A is for ...
Act of observation

Some people believe this changes everything in the quantum world, even bringing things into existence.

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