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It is still a "crapshoot" however as with crapshooting in real life you can load the dice. The particles... light or other particles can't pass through the small dimensions (both the photon and atomic particles have a relatively large wavelength)... at least for the moment there is no way to move energy faster than the speed of light through the shrunken dimension. I assume that the "vestigial dimension" allows the source and sink to "co-resonate" in the "near field" by way of "virtual photons" only. I know that is simply a guess... forgive me for "guessing" here. However the configuration of the state might then be read off at the remotely entangled particle. If you forcibly entangle a source and a sink then cause the source to emit a photon... that emitted photon will go to the "established" sink. It is currently possible using our present technology to "send" entanglement to a target. Of course that propagation of a photon takes time... sometimes a lot of time.This idea of instantaneous communication via the tranmission of information via "vestigial dimensions" is intriging for another reason. Imagine an experiment where the state of a system is described by a wave function with a number of different outcomes, the probability of each outcome occuring being described by a number between 0 and 1. This is the situation Einstein found so distasteful as it implies that God is playing dice with the Universe, i.e. the outcome of an experiment is a crapshoot, with causality now a probabilistic rather than a deterministic relationship. So my question is, would strict determinism be restored if the observer knew what connections existed between the wave function of the system being observed and the rest of the universe via these "vestigial dimensions"?
Remote Entanglement between a Single Atom and a Bose-Einstein Condensate - M. Lettner, M. Mücke, S. Riedl, C. Vo, C. Hahn, S. Baur, J. Bochmann, S. Ritter, S. Dürr, G. Rempe
(Submitted on 21 Feb 2011 (v1), last revised 31 May 2011 (this version, v2))
Entanglement between stationary systems at remote locations is a key resource for quantum networks. We report on the experimental generation of remote entanglement between a single atom inside an optical cavity and a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). To produce this, a single photon is created in the atom-cavity system, thereby generating atom-photon entanglement. The photon is transported to the BEC and converted into a collective excitation in the BEC, thus establishing matter-matter entanglement. After a variable delay, this entanglement is converted into photon-photon entanglement. The matter-matter entanglement lifetime of 100 $\mu$s exceeds the photon duration by two orders of magnitude. The total fidelity of all concatenated operations is 95%. This hybrid system opens up promising perspectives in the field of quantum information.
Heralded quantum entanglement between two crystals -N Gisin et al
Quantum networks require the crucial ability to entangle quantum nodes. A prominent example is the quantum repeater which allows overcoming the distance barrier of direct transmission of single photons, provided remote quantum memories can be entangled in a heralded fashion. Here we report the observation of heralded entanglement between two ensembles of rare-earth-ions doped into separate crystals. A heralded single photon is sent through a 50/50 beamsplitter, creating a single-photon entangled state delocalized between two spatial modes. The quantum state of each mode is subsequently mapped onto a crystal, leading to an entangled state consisting of a single collective excitation delocalized between two crystals. This entanglement is revealed by mapping it back to optical modes and by estimating the concurrence of the retrieved light state. Our results highlight the potential of rare-earth-ions doped crystals for entangled quantum nodes and bring quantum networks based on solid-state resources one step closer
It is possible that "that is where the photon is in the interim time" between when it is emitted and when it is absorbed in "limbo" facilitating this connection and building the appropriate wavefunction in superposition. Consider the photon that is emitted from a source and takes a thousand years to make the journey to a star. The entanglement between source and sink still exists even after the photon has long left and still exists in the sink that it will one day arrive at. What keeps this going?... it must be the photon. So in a real sense it still exists inside that vestigial dimension causing the continued excitation of the source and the sink for all those intervening centuries and blocking other photons from being absorbed... the particle goes "dark".... maybe unseen due to it's darkness yet still exhibiting mass?... I dunno though! It just takes centuries for the photon to get "through". Perhaps one would think of this state as being no longer dynamic and it just becomes "frozen light". Lets say if it were possible to intercept this photon half way out.... it would be dragged out of the "aether" intact right there to be absorbed and "un-freezing" it. This might enable a different interpretation for Einstein's Relativity being a rotation into an orthogonal unseen "shrunken" dimension. In our spatial and temporal dimensions the two highly separated and entangled particles would remain in each others "near field" to "co-resonate" through the medium of virtual particles while the "frozen photon" connects them together at the edge of their mutual "near field". That is just all speculation mind you and a load of baloney for just cogitating on over a chocolate bar.Little Bang wrote:From a photon's own frame of reference it takes zero time for it to travel from it's source to it's destination, therefore. any entangled photon would receive information from it instantly.
I wold not take anything in this theory as being etched in stone. I really do not know the answer to this problem.As for the emission-source remaining in an excited state until an adequate sink is 'found,' couldn't that just be a byproduct of the relative energy-levels of the transfer points? I.e. a higher-energy source will always remain insulated in its vacuum until the vacuum can be bridged to a lower-energy sink that can absorb it. I.e. isn't this just the problem of vacuum-space being an insulator and not a conductor?
... boom... boom!! Maybe? This is tentative 'good news" for the Absorber Theory (Cramer's Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Theory). Unfortunately there are challenges to this POV taken by RE Kastner, the foremost proponent of Cramer's Transactional Interpretation. Not all is what it seems. I really can't say authoritatively. You need to read all this for yourself and draw your own conclusions.Wikipedia wrote:Afshar claims that his experiment invalidates the complementarity principle and has far-reaching implications for the understanding of quantum mechanics, challenging the Copenhagen interpretation. According to John G. Cramer, Afshar's results support Cramer's own transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics and challenge the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. This claim has not been published in a peer reviewed journal.
Good Elf wrote:There may be a "universal frame of reference", as Einstein defined, which connects things that exist "now". Clocks can be synchronized in theory resulting in relatively moving points having a single "now". This means that a photon being launched from a star 13 Billion Light Years away and 13 Billion years ago in time is still connected with the photographic plate in a telescope in Hawaii today when it is absorbed "now". The same "now" clock 13 BLY distant may be scattered into the firmament "now" but still is out there somewhere entangling with the photographic plate's single atom. For that to happen time would indeed need to be laid out and all of this is "fixed". As far as I know that entanglement would only exist for inertial frames of reference since Einstein could not create a single "now" frame for non-inertial platforms under gravitational or otherwise acceleration. One could speculate on "piecemeal" frames of reference instantaneously at rest... however a full history would be required to integrate all the contributions.
Bill Angel wrote:That is a very imaginative theory, inertron. I've read that the outer rings of Saturn are significantly influenced by solar radiation pressure, and also that the variability in solar radiation pressure constitutes the single largest source of error in modelling the orbital dynamics of GPS satellites. But a planet is so much more massive than either the particles in Saturn's rings or the mass of a GPS satellite that other factors probably perturb a planet's orbit more, such as the gravitational attraction of another planet. For example is the orbit of Mercury perturbed more by solar radiation pressure or by the gravitational attraction of Venus when it passes near Mercury?
Clearly a new type of "extra-spacetime connection" is involved... a single universal frame of reference connecting a "now".Impossibility of covariant deterministic nonlocal hidden-variable extensions of quantum theory NGisin (published 28/02/2011) PHYSICAL REVIEW A 83, 020102(R) (2011). The conclusion is this...N Gisin wrote:We end this Rapid Communication with a few comments. First, our argument assumes a deterministic model, i.e., for any given λ, there is a unique pair of results, one on each side. For stochastic models, the situation is interesting [9,10] but goes far beyond the scope of this Rapid Communication. Next, our result emphasizes once again the extraordinary robustness of quantum theory against any conceivable change. This may explain why the founders of quantum theory could discover it based on the very sparse data available to them at the time: There was simply little alternative. Finally, one should mention that a way out of our entire argumentation is to assume the existence of one preferred universal reference frame which determines unequivocally one and only one time ordering for all events .
Note added. Recently, the results were discovered independently by Blood .
Though these experiments by Gisin have taken more than 10 years... slowly the pennies are beginning to drop...Quantum copies do new tricks
One of the strange features of quantum information is that, unlike almost every other type of information, it cannot be perfectly copied. For example, it is impossible to take a single photon and make a number of photons that are in the exact same quantum state. This may seem minor, but it's not. If perfect copying was possible, it would, among other things, be possible to send signals faster than the speed of light. This is forbidden by Einstein's theory of relativity.
"Copying classical information is very important in our daily lives," says paper co-author Simon. "Think of the prevalence of photocopiers, faxes, scanners. It was quite surprising for physicists when they realized that the same thing is not possible for quantum systems, at least not perfectly. It is then important to study what exactly is possible and what isn't."
The research can be used in a variety of ways. First, it shows clearly that quantum information is preserved when copied. Even though the copies may be imperfect, the original quantum state can be recovered. In practical terms, it might lead to a precision measurement technique based on quantum physics for samples that have very low contrast, such as living cells.
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