Schrodinger's Kittens Mohanty Group In Physical Review Letters [ 28 Jan 2005 ], the Mohanty Group at Boston University reports evidence of [center-of-mass displacement] quantum nanomechanical oscillations in silicon antennae of ~ 50 billion atoms, making this the largest observation of quantum mechanical behavior to date. "It's a truly macroscopic quantum system," says Alexei Gaidarzhy, the paper's lead author and a graduate student in the BU College of Engineering's Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. "When it's a new phenomenon, it's best not to be guided by expectations based on conventional wisdom. The philosophy here is to let the data speak for itself."

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