Why The Cat Both Alive & Dead In Schrodinger's Experiment?

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Ever wondered why the cat both alive and dead at the same time before opening the box in Schrodinger's Quantum Mechanics Experiment. I bet our commonsense argues with the statement why both alive and dead, why not may be dead or may be not.

Right, lets obey with our commonsense, clearly cat may be alive or may be dead but not both. This happens only in our macro world. This never works with the quantum realm. In the Quantum world, the things are simultaneous and probabilistic.

Where This All Started?

It's all started with the imagination of our renowned Austrian Physicist Erwin Schrodinger. He imagined a cat put in a sealed box along with a radioactive substance, detector and a flask of poison. If the substance starts decaying, the detector releases a hammer which breaks the poison flask which finally kill the cat. But no one knows if the cat died or alive till opening the box. It's 50% dead and 50% alive.

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The Schrodinger's Cat Experiment (source: buzzle.com)

The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

The Multi Worlds: Schrodinger's Cat Experiment

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The Multi-world possibilities (source: wikipedia)

One of the greatest secrets of physics we still do not completely understand, is what happens when the smallest things interact with the big things, that is when quantum mechanics meets our everyday world? Schrodinger's cat experiment illustrates the multi world theories. If the cat was dead in one world, it may be alive in another and this happens simultaneously and infinitely in different worlds as of our assumptions.

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