A new quantum circuit created by researchers at the Delft University of Technology may lead to numerous enhancements in areas such as radio astronomy.
Scientists proved that photons or quant of energy could be detected. They are the smallest signals allowed by the theory of quantum mechanics.
Lead researcher Mario Gely offered a simple explanation for the entire process. “Say I am pushing a kid on a swing. In the classical theory of physics, if I want the kid to go a little bit faster, I can give them a small push, giving them more speed and more energy. Quantum mechanics says something different: I can only increase the kid’s energy one ’quantum step’ at a time. Pushing by half of that amount is not possible,” the researcher said.
The new quantum circuit could revolutionize the radio astronomy
Scientists’ new quantum circuit is able to detect those small chunks of energy in radio frequency signals. In the future, this could be used to sense radio waves at the quantum level. Researchers plan to use their findings and take things to the next level.
It appears that mass represents the next goal of the research time. They want to discover how gravity and quantum mechanics can be connected. Not many physicists are able to combine these two, so this project could lead to revolutionary results, particularly in radio astronomy.
“Using our quantum circuit, we want to try to listen to and control the quantum vibrations of heavy objects, and explore experimentally what happens when you mix quantum mechanics and gravity,” Gely said. “Such experiments are hard, but if successful we would be able to test if we can make a quantum superposition of space-time itself.”