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We at qutools are huge Feynman fans. His contributions to physics (OK, they are a little too evolved for me to judge) were special enough to win him a Nobel Prize. He apparently also contributed quite significantly in finding the reason for the Challenger catastrophe. But on top of all […]

Escape the lab

At the APS March Meeting in Boston, Paul Kwiat and his crew had set up their “LabEscape“. It is a science (mainly physics) based escape room. Katya (Quantum Design) and Henning (qutools) teamed up with two other APS meeting participants to solve numerous puzzles and help the famous researcher Professor […]

DPG meetings in Berlin and Erlangen – quRace statistics

Last month at the DPG meetings in Erlangen and Berlin, our quTAG measured the time of the laps in our Slot Car race. In total, we had 5140 laps from 248 players – we had a lot of fun and I hope you had as well! Congratulations to “Martin H.” […]

The Final Frontier: Quantum Physics in Space

Within the last two decades, quantum physicists have been busy proposing experiments that could be done in space. At long last, their efforts seem to produce results. Lately, two more results have been published, both groups are rather well-known to qutools: Wheeler’s delayed choice experiment has been performed by Paolo […]

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics: Gravitational Waves (and Time Warps?)

This was quicker than expected: Only two years after the observation of gravitational waves (we reported on this) in September 2015, the The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, all members […]

Laser – World of Photonics – quRace statistics

At the Laser – World of Photonics 2017 in Munich, we had a slot car race game which we called “quRace”. Our quTAG was used to determine the lap time with ps precision – a bit of an overkill, but fun to see. Here are some statistics about the race: […]

Armadillos on the 13th floor

Electrons in van der Waals materials use shortcuts to travel fast People just love protons. On the other hand side: If they talk about electrons, they always tend to emphasize the negative aspects. Though there are some advantages being an electron, too. As scientists at the KU’s Ultrafast Laser Lab […]

Quantum is calling. It’s about your cat…

Do you remember „Anyone Can Quantum“? The epic quantum chess game between Paul Rudd and Stephen Hawking? We blogged about it here. Well, the team at Caltech’s Institute of Quantum Information and Matter and at Trouper Productions just made their second viral movie. It’s quite entertaining and maybe a little […]

Uncertainty is a game. Play it.

How did James Bond win at Casino Royale? Why do I always lose at Monopoly? Is it any use to join the imperial army in Skyrim? These are the topics of game theory. Or so you might think, because that’s just plainly wrong. „Game theory“ is a rather young and […]

Why is there „something“?

Maybe we are a little step further to explain why there is „something“ rather than „nothing“. Because the Standard model of physics – which worked quite well to describe the universe so far – tells us that there should be: (dramatic pause) Nothing at all. First there was just plain […]