Part of the difficulty with understanding quantum science is related to the fact that it is hard to imagine what quantum phenomena “look like”. By abstracting out high-level concepts and translating them into a visual form, we are able to produce animations that engage and inform broad audiences.
I created a series of short, quantum-related animations used as b-roll by the video production team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A description of the animations and their appearance times are outlined below:
- 0:24 An abstract animation of quantum computing, where the qubits reflect the spin state of quantum superposition.
- 0:38 Process for emitting a single photon from a tin vacancy in a diamond.
- 0:49 Dark fiber, which can be utilized for private communication networks.
- 0:53 Quantum Key Distribution, used for secure data transfer.
- 1:04 Abstract animation of decreasing classical noise using “squeezed” states of light.