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From Identical Particles to Frictionless Flow

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Duration: 0:46:03 | Added: 03 Nov 2017
John Chalker discusses how the laws of quantum mechanics lead us from the microscopic world to macroscopic phenomena.

The notion that atoms of a given isotope are indistinguishable has profound consequences in the quantum world. For liquids made of identical bosons, indistinguishability forces the particles into a quantum condensate at low temperature, where they all dance in perfect synchrony. Treated gently, such a condensate has no viscosity: once it is set in motion --say around a circular pipe -- flow will persist indefinitely (so long as the fluid is kept sufficiently cold!).

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