UQ physicist Dr Magdalena Zych said the discovery arose from an experiment the team designed to bring together elements of the two big -- but contradictory -- physics theories developed in the past century.
"Our proposal sought to discover: what happens when an object massive enough to influence the flow of time is placed in a quantum state?" Dr Zych said.
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She said Einstein's theory described how the presence of a massive object slowed time.
"Imagine two space ships, asked to fire at each other at a specified time while dodging the other's attack," she said.
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"If either fires too early, it will destroy the other."
"In Einstein's theory, a powerful enemy could use the principles of general relativity by placing a massive object -- like a planet -- closer to one ship to slow the passing of time."
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"Because of the time lag, the ship furthest away from the massive object will fire earlier, destroying the other."
Dr Zych said the second theory, of quantum mechanics, says any object can be in a state of...
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