Reality Doesn’t Exist If You Are Not Looking at It, Quantum Experiment Confirms

Reality Doesn’t Exist If You Are Not Looking at It

Does the world we live in exist? Scientists say no – at least not until it’s measured anyway, and this would pertain to small scale. For Australian scientists, recreating experiments confirmed quantum physics’ predictions. The existence of reality is questionable.

If this sounds complex, not to worry. This experiment poses one simple question: Since some elementary particles act as a particle or a wave, then when is this classification decided? This question pushes us to understand how reality is established.

Most people assume that objects such as electrons or photons either wave-like or particle-like just because that’s the way it is. They think that measurements aren’t necessary to come to either conclusion. Quantum theory disagrees and suggests that conclusions can only be made by measurements taken at the end of the object’s journey.

Andrew Truscott of the Australian National University said:

“Reality doesn’t exist unless you look at it, and measurements mean everything.”

The experiment in question is the John Wheeler’s Delayed Choice experiment, first suggested in 1978. This experiment was ahead of its time, and not until 40 years later, utilized to its full potential. Using helium atoms scattered by laser light, scientists set out to measure the journey of objects in our reality.

Roman Khakimov, a Ph.D. student working on the experiment, said:

“Light is more like a wave, so we use atoms, which are more complex. Atoms have mass and interact with electric fields.”

Scientists placed a number of atoms in a suspended state, known as the Bose-Einstein condensate. After capture, all but one of the atoms were ejected. This atom was then placed within a pair of laser beams, to scatter the path of the object, creating a “grating” pattern. The process is similar to how light is scattered when falling upon a grating. After the atom passed through the first grating, a second grating was dropped, intersecting the paths, which added destructive or constructive interference.

This result is an action pointed toward a wave, which can travel both paths. If the second grating is not added, the atom travels only one path, which points toward particle. This suggests that the atom doesn’t know its nature until it passes through a second grating.

Truscott said:

These experiments prove that particle-like or wave-like existence is only possible when measured at the end of the journey. There is no travel from point A to point B. It’s not that simple.”

Using these theories, we are able to develop lasers, LEDS and computer chips. This may sound strange, but it’s just a part of a quantum theory that governs the small world. Until now, these pure experiments weren’t possible. Now, these demonstrations confirm these ideas work.

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By | 2017-01-13T21:50:19+00:00 June 10th, 2015|Categories: Physics & Natural Sciences, Uncommon Science|Tags: |4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Jan Panhuis June 22, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    “This experiment was ahead of its time”

    We’re always ahead of our time, otherwise, you’re not getting older

    The cosmos has always been there

  2. Abel Magwitch September 15, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    So, if this is true, if I steal and eat my next door lady’s panties off of her washing line on any particular Thursday whilst she is at Pilates, and no one sees me doing it. When I am standing in the dock of The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales accused of this alleged misdemeanour, can I question whether, as I was the only person to witness the act, that it only exists in my reality, and that the British judicial system has no jurisdiction over any reality other than its own?
    I mean, if it came to pass that I exposed myself in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, but, and this is important, in another dimension, is there a legislatory element of English law that adequately provides for the deviant sexual activities of trans-dimensional beings?
    I question the validity of any argument that suggests there is.

  3. Fill April 25, 2017 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Misleading conclusion. Of course the universe would exist and continue to go ticking along whether humans or some other intelligent life happened to be ‘measuring’ or looking at it or not. The linked to paper that ‘confirms’ this does not at all. In this context of QM, the universe is ‘measuring’ and collapsing waves all on its own. Once you put a ‘detector’ (which doesn’t have to be measured and/or observed by any intelligence) the particle’s wave collapses and it has to choose where it is. This is not reality not existing until a person looks at it. That’s a false and backwards conclusion and misunderstanding of QM and perhaps some of its terminology.

  4. Brian Noble June 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    The above comment by’ Fill’ is inaccurate. Quantum mechanics does not dictate that the universe would exist without a conscious observer. The problem is, there are always conscious observers. Even if humanity disappeared there would still be conscious observers. However, that does not alter the fact that the universe is an artefact of consciousness – meaning that there is a lot more to reality than meets the eye. See THE THIRD EXPLANATION Amazon, for all the answers!

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Reality Doesn’t Exist If You Are Not Looking at It, Quantum Experiment Confirms