THE THEORY Santa got stuck up the chimney is being challenged by a Warwick quantum physicist.
Researcher Dr George Knee at Warwick University believes Santa uses ‘quantum tunnelling’ to get himself in and out of homes and to complete his seemingly impossible global delivery target.
The physicist suggests Father Christmas is not bound by the usual every-day laws of physics as we know them, since a typical chimney would be far too narrow for Santa’s minced-pie stuffed belly.
Dr Knee said: “According to quantum physics, the atoms in Santa’s body would have an uncertain position – a sort of fuzziness that can slosh around like a liquid. Although it sounds absurd, it is perfectly possible for the uncertainty of Santa’s body to flow directly through otherwise difficult gaps. This means that, in theory, Quantum Santa could simply pop out into the fireplace.
“This also answers the modern day problem of how Father Christmas reaches you if you don’t have a chimney – he simply uses quantum tunnelling to slide under the door, or through the cat flap.”
Dr Knee also believes Santa may also use quantum technology to route-plan, list-check and search through the few billion names in time for the quick delivery he needs.
He added: “A quantum computer that runs at the same clock speed would do the job done much faster than a regular computer.
“Quantum computers operate on the very same concept of a ‘fuzziness’ where all the different possible answers can slosh around inside the computer and ‘interfere’ until the correct solution is found.”