Finally, Scientists Capture The First-Ever Image Of Light Behaving As Both A Wave And A Particle
Mar 5, 2015
The ability to exist in two states simultaneously is known as quantum superposition. The discovery made in this video could lead to breakthroughs in quantum computing. Current computers can only have data in a fixed state (one or zero), but thanks to quantum superposition, quantum computers could process data in multiple states at once, so you could access your favorite videos faster than ever.
In 1921, Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that light behaved simultaneously as a wave and a particle. The idea gave birth to the field of quantum mechanics. The idea of light packets (quanta) mentioned in the video was pioneered by his contemporary, German physicist Max Planck.