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Scientists teleport photons over 97 km

Posted on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 | Comment icon 29 comments | News tip by: the N

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Chinese physicists have managed to teleport photons over 97km using quantum entanglement.

The achievement is a significant step towards an ultra-secure communication system that would be immune to eavesdropping. The team had achieved success before in 2010 when they managed to teleport a photon 16km. "The successful quantum teleportation over such channel losses in combination with our high-frequency and high-accuracy [aiming] technique show the feasibility of satellite-based ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation," said Juan Yin at the University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

"The idea is not that the physical object is teleported but the information that describes it."

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Comment icon #20 Posted by Khaleid on 14 May, 2012, 5:53
I'm probably missing something here, but why would you go through all the trouble of transporting the information on a carrier wave? I thought the whole point of using quantum entanglement was that the information of one of the entangled pair is instantaneously transferred to the other of the pair over massive distances (a.k.a. "spooky action at a distance")?
Comment icon #21 Posted by sepulchrave on 14 May, 2012, 8:50
That is your definition of ``clone''. If you want to call it ``quantum cloning'' then that is fine. If you have an object at location A that disintegrates and an identical object (in every way, right down to the quantum level) is constituted at location B I would say that the object was ``teleported''. To me, ``cloning'' is the same as ``copying'', and does not imply a translation in space. Ultimately, I think, the name comes from the fact that the information is transmitted, and I think there is the philosophical viewpoint that the information is the ... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by spud the mackem on 14 May, 2012, 9:30
How do they know that the Photons they sent are the same ones that arrived ?..they must have put a label on them like "made in china",or coloured them yellow.Hey guys a photon has just knocked on my door.I wont answer the door as it might be an illegal asking for asylum.Resistance is futile,Eliminate........
Comment icon #23 Posted by skookum on 14 May, 2012, 19:28
Like people have said it has been done before. It is only news because China have done it, the new financial super power. No doubt in a few years the conspiracy theorists will claim the technology came from a captured UFO.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Framling on 14 May, 2012, 21:42
That's a fancy fax machine.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Khaleid on 15 May, 2012, 5:29
Ah ok, I was missing the fact that physical manipulation had such a high risk of destroying one of the pair... Thanks for the explanation!
Comment icon #26 Posted by psyche101 on 16 May, 2012, 8:13
Would this also teleport the data held within the object i.e. memories?
Comment icon #27 Posted by sepulchrave on 16 May, 2012, 15:29
If you were teleporting a person? I don't know. In principle it should work, but in practice can you cool a person to 0 K without destroying the subtleties of their brain that define their memories and personalities? I kind of doubt it. Whatever data exists in the object at 0 K in a complete vacuum would get teleported perfectly. Whether or not that data is the same as the data in the object under normal operating conditions is a different story.
Comment icon #28 Posted by FlyingAngel on 21 May, 2012, 11:44
What if the one at the destination is not the one at the origin? You know when a person A is disintegrated, he's dead for a fraction of second. But once dead it's dead, there is no such thing as revival. The person B could have all the memories and genes inherited from A, but it's just a clone reconstructed and think that he is teleported because he has the memory that 1s ago, he's A. But in fact, he's not A and there is no way to verify it even if he claims he's A.
Comment icon #29 Posted by questionmark on 21 May, 2012, 12:54
I can tell you this much: at 0K there is no more biological activity (in fact very little atomic activity) so there will be no more memory unless the cooling and getting back to normal temperatures happens in a fraction of a second (where the fraction probably must be pretty fast to not cause any permanent injuries.)

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