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Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)


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Schrodinger's cat symbolizes quantum superposition and unpredictability.

Yale University researchers have developed a technique for saving Schrodinger's cat.

Credit: Kat Stockton

Yale University researchers have developed a technique for saving Schrodinger's cat, which symbolizes quantum superposition and unpredictability, by predicting its jumps and taking real-time actions.

With this development, scientists can establish an early-warning system for imminent jumps of artificial atoms housing quantum data.

A quantum jump is the sudden switch between two discrete energy states; coping with the jumps of quantum bits (qubits), or incarnate errors in calculations every time a qubit is measured, is required for quantum computing.

The Yale researchers indirectly observed a superconducting artificial atom in a three-dimensional aluminum cavity, using microwave generators to irradiate the atom, inducing quantum jumps.

Real-time monitoring allowed the researchers to note the sudden absence of detection photons, signaling imminent jumps.

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