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Eta Island (Ruby Archipelago)
Schrodinger's Vats is the right-facing distillery bazaar on Eta Island. It was erected in July 2004 under the governance of the flag Silver Dawn. The deed holder is the current elected governor of Eta. Schrodinger's Vats continues the basic Eta Island naming scheme of scientific related terms or puns. This building was named after Erwin Schrödinger and his thought experiment involving a cat.
Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961)
Between being caught up in the events of two world wars and before dying of tuberculosis, Schrödinger devoted his life to quantum mechanics. His two great legacies are the Schrödinger Equation, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933, and a concept known as Schrödinger's Cat.
Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment originally conceived to point out shortcomings in contemporary quantum theory, since it poses what seems to be an impossibility: Place a cat in a sealed box. Attached to the box is an apparatus containing a radioactive nucleus and a canister of poison gas. The experiment is set up so there is a 50% chance of the nucleus decaying in one hour. If the nucleus decays, it will emit a particle that triggers the apparatus, opens the canister, and kills the cat. According to quantum mechanics, the unobserved nucleus is a "superposition" of the decayed and undecayed nucleus until it is observed. Since the state of the cat is dependent on the state of the nucleus, until the box is opened, the cat must be considered both alive and dead at the same time, superimposed. The weakness is that there must exist some point at which the wavefunction collapses independent of observation.
The Schrödinger Equation is:
H|ψ(t)> = iħ d/dt |ψ(t)>
where i is the imaginary number, ħ is Planck's constant divided by 2π, and the Hamiltonian H is a self-adjoint operator acting on the state space. The Hamiltonian describes the total energy of the system; Similar to force in Newton's second law, it must be independently determined based on the properties of the quantum system.