Superconductors inspire quantum test for dark energy

2019-03-01 05:02:01

By Zeeya Merali DARK energy is so befuddling that it’s causing some physicists to do their science backwards. “Usually you propose your theory and then work out an experiment to test it,” says Christian Beck of Queen Mary, University of London. A few years ago, however, he and his colleague Michael Mackey of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, proposed a table-top experiment to detect the elusive form of energy, without quite knowing why it might work. Now the pair have come up with the theory behind the experiment. “It is certainly an upside-down way of doing things,