Santa's Secret Is a Matter of Physics; Hafsfs Dhfdhhfjh Fdfdf Dfdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdf 'Quantum Tunnelling' the Answer to How Father Christmas Copes with His Busiest Night of the Year

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Santa's Secret Is a Matter of Physics; Hafsfs Dhfdhhfjh Fdfdf Dfdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdf 'Quantum Tunnelling' the Answer to How Father Christmas Copes with His Busiest Night of the Year


Byline: ENDA MULLEN News Reporter enda.mullen@trinitymirror.com

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 suggesting he uses quantum tunnelling to get himself in and out of people's homes for his annual visit.

Dr George Knee, a theoretical physicist, has put forward the theory that Father Christmas is not bound by the usual everyday laws of physics as we know them.

Rather he employs quantum techniques to help him complete his seemingly impossible global delivery target. Dr Knee said: "For Santa to achieve his annual mission, it need not be that he operates outside of the laws of physics just that he operates outside of the laws of classical physics. Take the issue of getting through the chimney. It is well known that Old Saint Nick is perhaps a little too fond of the mince pies.

"The narrow cross-section of a typical chimney, therefore, poses a bit of a challenge, because it is narrower than Santa's belly."

Dr Knee added: "In classical physics the repulsive forces of the edges of the chimney would present a difficult situation.

"But according to quantum physics, the atoms in Santa's body have an uncertain position - a sort of fuzziness that can slosh around like a liquid.

"Although it sounds absurd, it is perfectly possible for the uncertainty of Santa's body to flow directly through otherwise difficult gaps. This means that, in theory, Quantum Santa could simply pop out into the fireplace.

"This also answers the modern day problem of how Father Christmas reaches you if you don't have a chimney - he simply uses quantum tunnelling to slide under the door, or through the cat flap."

Classical physics can be thought of as the physics of common sense, where objects follow a continuous path through space and time and cannot move through hard barriers.

Quantum physics on the other hand is far stranger. It is the physics that works at the very smallest scales. It governs the world of atoms, molecules and photons where 'barriers' are no longer a problem.

Dr Knee is part of a research group at the University of Warwick exploring further insight into quantum effects in biology, as well as in the devices and technology of tomorrow.

There is a lot of theoretical work that shows the potential power of quantum technology and scientists are moving onto practical demonstrations. …

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