Contact: Steve Koppes
University of Chicago
Caption: The spheres in this image represent the atoms of a quantum magnetic material, while the arrows denote their spin (magnetic orientation). The green bars indicate coupling between atoms, and the adjacent ghosted images illustrate quantum tunneling between different spin directions, a prominent characteristic of quantum mechanical systems. This particular spin configuration displays a quantum solution to a challenging computational problem.
Credit: Daniel Silevitch
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