TAMPA (CBS Tampa) – It’s not quite “Beam me up, Scotty,” but scientists say they have been able to teleport a quantum particle instantaneously over a distance of 15 miles.
Information about the particle instantly traveled 15.5 miles across an optical fiber, reports Discovery.com.
The experiment is the farthest distance for a successful quantum teleportation to date.
Researchers from the University of Geneva, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology used a laser to create particles of light called photons.
Every once in a while, two photons became entangled, meaning they remain connected so that something that affects one can affect the other, no matter how far apart they are.
Once they had an entangled pair, scientists sent one down the optical fiber and stored the other in a crystal at the end of the cable. Then, the researchers shot a third particle of light at the photon traveling down the cable. When the two collided, they destroyed each other.
Even though those photons no longer existed, the quantum information from the collision appeared in the crystal that held the second entangled photon.
Advances in quantum teleportation could lead to a faster Internet and more secure communications as scientists closer to developing quantum computers.
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