Quantum mechanics displays Devil’s crevasse

A new connection between quantum mechanics and chaos theory was found at the National Institute of Informatics (Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa) in Tokyo, Japan. Quantum mechanics is the study of microscopic objects and states that matter can have wave-like properties. This allows objects to be in two places at once – a principle that allows for famous paradoxes such as Schrodinger’s cat. Chaos theory, the study of complex classical systems, has given the world iconic images such as the Mandelbrot set (Figure 1). Such fractals are interesting as they possess a property called self-similarity – zooming in on an image gives an infinite amount of fine structure. In the new work led by Assistant Professor Tim Byrnes, it was found that the entanglement between two clouds of atoms displays entanglement with fractal characteristics.