This happens when quantum objects “borrow” energy in order to bypass an obstacle such as a gap in an electrical circuit. It is possible thanks to the uncertainty principle, and enables quantum particles to do things other particles can’t.
“It takes colossal imagination to wrap your head around quantum physics and dream up new technologies. Who better to explore these ideas than writers of fiction?” says Artur Ekert, Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore and a judge for Quantum Shorts since day one. These stories were our favourites of the many hundreds of responses to our calls for flash fiction inspired by quantum physics. Enjoy exploring. Imaginary worlds are waiting for you.