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‘FUDGE FACTORS’ IN PHYSICS?

October 10, 2018 - UD team says it’s time for a reboot Science is poised to take a “quantum leap” as more mysteries of how atoms behave and interact with each other are unlocked. The field of quantum physics, with its complex mathematical equations for predicting the interactions and energy levels of atoms and electrons, already has made possible many technologies we rely on every day — from computers and smartphones, to lasers and magnetic resonance imaging. And experts say revolutionary advancements are destined to come. But to take a giant leap, you have to be physically fit, and researchers at the University of Delaware have found an area of quantum physics that could use some more calisthenics, you might say. The research, performed by doctoral student Muhammed Shahbaz with his adviser, Prof. Krzysztof Szalewicz in the UD Department of Physics and Astronomy, was published recently in Physical Review Letters, the journal of the American Physical Society.