News like this is what gives me that wonderful, irksome, super-thrilled adrenaline feeling in my gut – news like this makes me wish I could be around in 200 years to see the practical macro-sized application of such mind-bending technology. In the meantime, for the quantum computing world, the success of this experiment is staggering. But we’re going to have to wait a few years before we can be teleported to grandma’s house for tea…
Researchers Succeed in Quantum Teleportation of Light Waves
Like Schrödinger’s cat, teleported light is both dead and alive
By Rebecca Boyle
In a real-life use of Schrödinger’s theoretical paradoxical cat, researchers report that they were able to quickly transfer a complex set of quantum information while preserving its integrity. The information, in the form of light, was manipulated in such a way that it existed in two states at the same time, and it was destroyed in one spot and recreated in another.
The new breakthrough is a major step toward building safe, effective quantum computers.
No felines were harmed in the making of this experiment, which actually studied wave packets of light that existed in a state of quantum superposition, meaning they existed in two different phases simultaneously. This phenomenon is described in Erwin Schrodinger’s quantum mechanics thought experiment, in which a cat is simultaneously dead and alive, depending on the state of a subatomic particle…
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