Monday, September 26, 2016

Beam Them Up

Energize:
While the method of breaking down people and objects into an energy pattern sounds downright scary (we feel you, Bones), researchers have figured out a way to teleport a particle of light just under four miles away. That doesn't mean humans will be replicating food anytime soon, but it's a step in the right direction. More specifically, the researchers teleported a photon over a straight line using the fiber-optical cable structure in the city of Calgary.

The research was conducted through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, a group of United States-based researchers, and the Canadian city itself. Wolfgang Tittel, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary, led a team of physicists to set a new record for transferring a quantum state a specific distance using teleportation. The achievement arrives after kicking off the project in 2014 thanks to an Urban Alliance seed grant.

The project is based on quantum entanglement where two or more photons become entangled with each other to the point that their properties become linked, creating a single "quantum state," or a set list of properties. The team managed to teleport two photons of an entangled set, which remained linked to each other despite the distance they traveled.
At least they didn't lose their photons on the way...

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