'Zero-Point Energy' Lets Molecules Defy Classical Physics
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 23:00:39 GMT
Quantum Phenomenon 'Zero-Point Energy' Lets Molecules Defy Classical Physics/ by Mark Hoffman/Science World Report: New research shows that movement of the ring-like molecule pyrrole over a metal surface runs counter to the centuries-old laws of 'classical' physics that govern our everyday world.
Using uniquely sensitive experimental techniques, scientists have found
that laws of quantum physics - believed primarily to influence at only
sub-atomic levels - can actually impact on a molecular level.
Researchers at Cambridge's Chemistry Department and Cavendish Laboratory say they have evidence that, in the case of pyrrole, quantum laws affecting the internal motions of the molecule change the "very nature of the energy landscape" - making this 'quantum motion' essential to understanding the distribution of the whole molecule.
The study, a collaboration between scientists from Cambridge and Rutgers universities, appeared in the German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie earlier this month...
Full article: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/6531/20130429/quantum-phenomenon-zero-point-energy-lets-molecules-defy-classical-physics.htm