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PHYSICS Schrödinger's Cat by Mind Map: PHYSICS
Schrödinger's Cat
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PHYSICS Schrödinger's Cat

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Double-slit experiment


When does quantum superposition end and reality collapse into one possibility or the other?

Erwin Schrödinger

1887 - 1961

Austrian Physicist

Quantum Theory

What he did

Formulated the wave equation

Developed the formalism and matrix mechanics

Criticized the conventional Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics

Coined the term Verschränkung (entanglement)

The Experiment

General facts

Thought experiment / Paradox, He didn't actually kill a cat!

Devised in 1935


Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, Problem when applied to everyday objects, Contradiction with common sense

Set up

A cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source, Placed in a sealed box

Random event, If radioactivity is detected > poison is released, Cat can be BOTH alive and dead

Look inside the box, Cat is either alive OR dead

Verschränkung (entanglement)

"Quantum states of two or more objects have to be described with reference to each other, even though the individual objects may be spatially separated"

Quantum Superposition

Quantum particles appear to exist in all states simultaneously

Act of observation removes the object from superposition

Observable effect