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Particle Paradox

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Gillian worked with Ben a quantum science researcher from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. After discussing the weird world of quantum mechanics, Gillian was inspired to illustrate the transition between the classical and the quantum worlds. Together they wanted to communicate that the quantum scale is not magic, it just doesn’t follow the classical rules we are used to.
For Gillian, this inspiration began with the centerpiece of the illustration - the dilution refrigerator. This tangible, beautifully constructed machine is immensely significant in quantum experiments and allows scientists to work with temperatures slightly above absolute zero (-273.15°C).
Around its plates, Gillian represented two major concepts in quantum mechanics, which seem to contradict our everyday picture of reality.
Quantum entanglement and the phenomenon that a particle’s aspects or state, shown at the top and bottom of the illustration, depend on the aspects of a particle’s pair regardless of the space and distance between them.
And wave-particle duality - the concept that light and matter can sometimes behave as both waves and particles, illustrated in the tides of colour and resulting interference patterns flowing from the plates of the refrigerator.
THE SCIENCE | BEN MC ALLISTER
THE ART | GILLIAN BOWEN-JOHNSTON
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