Scientists have created a quantum computing experiment for the first time to study the dynamics of wormholes.
Jodie Foster's wild ride in Contact is one of the best examples of a wormhole. The researchers behind the experiment hope that their work will help physicists study the phenomenon for real.
Caltech physicist Maria Spiropulu said in a news release that they found a quantum system that is small to implement on quantum hardware. The Nature paper's senior author, Spiropulu, is the principal investigator for a federally funded research program called quantum communication channels for fundamental physics.
Don't pack your bags just yet, this simulation is nothing more than a simulation.
Physicists don't see any conditions that would allow for a traversable wormhole to be created. Negative energy would have to be created by someone.
Peter said not to make too much of a to-do over the research.
He wrote that the claim that physicists create a wormhole is bullshit and that the campaign to tell the public about it is a disgrace.
The main goal of the research was to shed light on a concept called quantum gravity, which seeks to unify the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics.
The two theories have done a good job of explaining how gravity works but they don't match up with each other
One of the big questions is whether the principles behind quantumentanglement can be applied to wormhole teleportation.
It involves linking particles or other quantum systems in a way that allows for what Albert Einstein called "spooy action at a distance."
Spiropulu and her colleagues created a computer model that applies the physics of quantumentanglement to the dynamics of wormholes.
The program was based on a model called the SYK.
The program had to be done on a computer. With help from machine learning tools, the Sycamore quantum chip was able to perform the task.
Spiropulu said that they used machine learning techniques to find a simple quantum system that could be used in the current quantum architectures.
We looked at the model we found on the quantum processor after we simplified the description of the quantum system.
The researchers inserted a quantum bit, or qubit, into one of the entangled systems and watched the information come from the other system. It was as if the qubit traveled through a wormhole.
One of the study's co-authors said it took a long time to get the results.
When positive energy was applied instead of negative energy, the simulation allowed information to flow from one system to another, but not when negative energy was applied. It matches what theorists would expect from a real world wormhole.
As quantum circuits become more complex, the researchers aim to conduct higher-fidelity simulations of wormhole behavior.
One of the most important questions in fundamental physics is the relationship between quantum entanglement, spacetime, and quantum gravity.
We will keep going and take this small step to test these ideas on quantum hardware.
The Nature paper titled "Traversable Wormhole Dynamics on a Quantum Processor" was written by a number of people.
This article was published in the past. The original article is worth a read.