A new distance record has been set for quantum teleportation on Wednesday, marking the beginning of a new era of Internet communication. The announcement was made by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Colorado, which has supervised all the quantum teleportation experiments.
- New quantum teleportation record
- Future advantages of quantum teleportation
- Significance of the new quantum teleportation record
Martin Stevens, an optics researcher at the NIST and leader of the study, declared on Wednesday that a new scientific threshold has been surpassed in the field of quantum teleportation. Researchers have managed to send their quantum data through a 62-mile fiber. This is the longest fiber communication that has been recorded with the help of the quantum teleportation.
The authors of the study have, nevertheless, explained that the concept of quantum teleportation has little to do with the teleportation schemes we’ve seen in Sci-Fi movies like Star Trek. The new concept can only be applied on Internet data and it presupposes the teleportation of the message from one end of the fiber to the other.
This process is made possible by two particles that get entangled into one another and determine each other’s trajectory. The influence is remotely exerted, which determined Albert Einstein to describe it as a “spooky action”.
There are many advantages that people get with the introduction of quantum teleportation. First of all, the quibit, the quantum bit, is much bigger than a traditional bit and can carry much larger volumes of information. In addition, the transmission of data becomes much more secure and fast, scientists have stated.
Researchers at NIST claim the achievement may not seem remarkable for people who are used to sending messages on very long distance, but for the science community it represents the beginning of a new era. What’s really important is that scientists now have the infrastructure for quantum teleportation. In the future, this infrastructure could be improved to sustain communication on longer distances.
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