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Title: Quantum Foam

The laws of quantum mechanics and relativity are quite perplexing however it is when the two theories are merged that things get really confusing. This combined theory predicts that empty space isn’t empty at all – it’s a seething and bubbling cauldron of matter and antimatter particles springing into existence before disappearing back into nothingness. Scientists call this complicated state of affairs “quantum foam.” In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln discusses this mind-bending idea and sketches some of the experiments that have convinced scientists that this crazy prediction is actually true.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1189959
Resource Type:
Other
Research Org:
FNAL (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY QUANTUM MECHANICS; THEORY OF RELATIVITY; QUANTUM FOAM; SPECIAL RELATIVITY; RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS; MATTER; ANTIMATTER; QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS; QED; HEISENBERG UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE; VIRTUAL PARTICLES; ELECTRON; MUON