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Scientist You Should Know: Monika Schleier-Smith and the Quantum Universe

Physicist Monika Schleier-Smith customizes quantum networks in the lab. Her experiments advance quantum computing and improve our understanding of the universe.

By Jason P. DinhJul 22, 2022 7:00 AM
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In Ant-man and the Wasp, when Ant-man shrinks to a subatomic size, Janet Van Dyne begins to plant messages in his head from afar. Quantum entanglement inspired this plotline, according to an interview with NBC – a phenomenon where two tiny particles share information over great distances.

Monika Schleier-Smith, an experimental physicist and associate professor at Stanford University, entangles atoms in her lab to ask big questions like: How does gravity work, what happens to information when it falls into black holes and what problems can quantum computing help us solve?

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