Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have revealed how the weirdness of quantum mechanics can turn even the basic principle of classical physics on its head. The research indicates that heat energy can jump across a few hundred nanometers of a complete vacuum, thanks to a quantum mechanical event known as Casimir interaction. Though this communication is only relevant on very short length scales, it could have serious implications for the design of computer chips and other nanoscale electronic elements where heat distribution is important. The findings pave the way to unique possibilities for thermal management at the nanoscale, which is essential for high-speed computation and data storage.
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