Quantum Fluctuations: Experiments in Flux

March 21, 2017

Claiming the title 'Visual Alchemist' Markos Kay is the Creative Director marrying Science and Art. The unlikely pairing is resulting in truly inspiring animations that demonstrate how the invisible scientific reactions look. The simulations are stunningly beautiful and technically accurate all at once. Stills from the video featuring the gorgeous simulations could easily pass as abstract artworks. 






Made as a series of virtual experiments, Quantum Fluctuations shows the complexity and transient nature of the most fundamental aspect of reality, the quantum world, which is impossible to observe directly. 


In the laboratory, elementary particles are observed by measuring the spoils of a proton collision and comparing the findings with data collected from supercomputer simulations. It is perhaps the most indirect method of observation imaginable, a non-representational form of observation mediated by computer simulations.


In Quantum Fluctuations, particle simulations are used as the brush and paint to create abstract moving paintings that visualise the events that happen during a proton collision. The film shows the intricate structure of the proton beams that collide to create an outflow of particle showers which create composite particles that eventually decay. These visualisations were created with input from scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN, Geneva. 




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