• Question: what is quantum mechanics?

    Asked by Excytus to Alejandra, Ana, Daniel, Todd, Zach on 15 Mar 2017.
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      Daniel Morse answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      That is a good question, and as a microbiologist I have very little knowledge about it!
      All I know is that it’s a branch of physics looking at the fundamental theory of nature at small scales and low energies of atoms and subatomic particles..apparently so I read 😉

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      Zach Welshman answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      I know in the field of nanotechnology (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology) the quantum scale is becoming the norm. In diagnostic medical imaging there are things called quantum dots (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_dot) that are semiconductors (similar to computer chipsets made from silicon) that can attach to live cells and luminate on a photo detector. This shows the realtime movement of live cells within say a tumour which would be useful for treatment plants. As far as I know this technology is still in the research phase, but advancements are made everyday.

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      Alejandra Aranceta answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Hi Excytus,

      I think Zach has provided you with very good information, hope that clears up your doubt!

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      Ana Gallego answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      It is the field of physics that studies what’s going on around the smallest of scales, so atomic and sub-atomic scale.
      Quantum of energy is a specific amount of energy, a ‘pack’.