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.
Submissions to Quantum Shorts are now closed. Read the winners and shortlisted entries of this year's competition here.
Quantum physics, which describes the behaviour of matter at atomic and subatomic scales, has long provided inspiration for artists, writers, film-makers and philosophers. Quantum objects can be in two places or states at once, a phenomenon known as superposition that inspired the famous “Schrödinger’s Cat” paradox. Among its other features is entanglement, where objects such as atoms hold a strange influence over each other, changing each other’s properties without physical contact or signals passing between them. Practically, these phenomena hold promise for building new kinds of computers and sensors, drawing attention and funding from businesses and governments world-wide. Learn more about quantum physics in our inspiration section.
Run by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore with a constellation of prestigious partners, Quantum Shorts has alternated between annual calls for science fiction and science films since 2012.
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