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[–]zyxzevn[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The images from this paper got all the attention in the popular science articles. On reddit they got 1000s of upvotes.

It is not so spectacular, after you see all the details.

explanation

The paper is interesting in how light behaves like a wave. Because it is essentially an electromagnetic wave. In the paper this becomes clearer, so it loses all the enchantment.

The problem with quantum mechanics (QM) theory is that (according to Einstein) light is supposed to be particles. And if you see them as particles, you see that they still behave as waves, but in very miraculous ways. Popular articles like to describe the particles as "moving through space and time".

So is the QM caused by some kind of magic, or are we just seeing particles where there are none?