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THE fa­mous oc­ca­sion when Santa Claus got stuck in the chim­ney – ac­cord­ing to a pop­u­lar sea­sonal song – has been dis­missed by a Coven­try aca­demic.

A re­searcher at the Univer­sity of War­wick is chal­leng­ing the the­ory Santa got stuck up the chim­ney by physics

This Quan­tum in­ter­fer­ence can be com­pared to rip­ples on the sur­face of a calm lake. The in­ter­play of the mo­tions in­tro­duced by a pair of stones dropped into the lake can re­sult in beau­ti­ful pat­terns, where a peak meets with an­other peak or a trough – build­ing up the height of the ripple or can­celling it out com­pletely.

Quan­tum tech­nol­o­gists aim to be­come mas­ter­ful at con­trol­ling quan­tum in­ter­fer­ence ef­fects, to pro­duce de­vices with de­sir­able prop­er­ties such as su­per­fast com­put­ers, se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions or high pre­ci­sion sen­sors for med­i­cal imag­ing or grav­i­ta­tional wave de­tec­tion.

Dr Knee added: “The idea that Santa may al­ready pos­sess this kind of tech­nol­ogy is not so rad­i­cal. Some quan­tum physi­cists be­lieve that parts of the nat­u­ral world have al­ready evolved to ex­ploit quan­tum in­ter­fer­ence.

“For ex­am­ple, the prin­ci­ples of quan­tum me­chan­ics may ex­plain how plants can ef­fi­ciently trans­fer and con­vert en­ergy from the sun dur­ing pho­to­syn­the­sis and a quan­tum mech­a­nism has been sug­gested to op­er­ate in the eye of the Euro­pean Robin to al­low it to ac­cu­rately per­ceive the Earth’s mag­netic field to help it nav­i­gate.”

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