Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new form of quantum entanglement, a phenomenon that links particles across vast distances.
This discovery, made at the lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, allows researchers to capture a previously unseen glimpse inside atoms and could lead to a greater understanding of topics including quantum computing and astrophysics.
Quantum entanglement occurs when particles become intertwined and their properties, such as spin and momentum, sync up, even if they are billions of light years apart.
The Brookhaven researchers achieved their breakthrough by using a detector to capture interactions between gold ions accelerated to almost the speed of light.
These ions created two new particles called pions, one positive and one negative, which were used to examine the size, shape, and arrangement of gluons inside atomic nuclei with a previously unachievable level of precision.
The research has been published in Science Advances.